What is NIMBY


… a do-it-yourself (DIY), maker, hacker, and industrial art space that provides artists, craftspeople and the average Joe a place to create and innovate in a collaborative environment. Over the past thirteen years NIMBY has grown into the largest do-it-yourself industrial art space in the Bay Area with over 80 different art groups and craftsmen in the shop. The 60,000 square foot space holds an incredible variety of makers: metal workers, jewelers, sculptors, painters, set and prop builders, musicians, race car enthusiasts, engineers, plumbers, glass blowers, computer programmers, custom car modification specialists and so much more. In a nutshell, NIMBY is a one-stop shop for innovative, artistic endeavors that boggle the mind.

NIMBY is committed to offering affordable space and assistance in sourcing re-purposed material, as well as logistical and technical guidance. It is our goal for makers to not just create but to also experiment and explore. This supportive culture is at the root of the amazing art that emerges from the doors of our unique community. No one can do it alone, and by placing a high value on collaboration and diversity an environment emerges for innovation and freedom of expression. NIMBY is a community and volunteer driven space with a commitment to bringing the maker experience to local schools, community groups, and the neighborhoods of Oakland.

There are no sidelines at NIMBY.  It’s all hands on deck!

The Crew

Over the years thousands of volunteers, artists, hobbyists and community members have come together to contribute to the continued success of NIMBY. There are a few determined and unhinged enough to take on the job of wrangling this unconventional space.