Lars Hasselblad Torres

Currently of Local 64 and formerly of Generator makerspace, Lars brings boundless energy to his work of shaping programs and activities, marketing and outreach efforts, budgeting and fundraising, and long-term planning.

An artist, educator and entrepreneur with deep interests at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and community development, he most recently served as the Director of Vermont’s Office of the Creative Economy within the Agency of Commerce. Prior to joining the Agency Lars served as Innovation Prize Advisor to the Office of Science and Technology at the US Agency for International Development; before that he led the design and development of the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge (

Lars is a founding faculty member of the Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts (, founder of the Global Peace Tiles Project (, and founder of Local 64, Montpelier’s coworking hub ( He currently serves on the advisory boards for project-based learning at Randolph Union High School and AYWA international (

Makerspace Panel: The Convergence of Movements Around "Making"

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