Recently Arc tuned me on to a wonderful concept deemed a Hackerspace. For those of you who haven't heard about them they are places where people can get together and do things related to art, technology, science, and much more! After a quick google search I found a local hackerspace.
The hackerspace has a plethora of neat items such as a makerbot (a type of reprap machine) and a multitude of arcade cabinets a group of people are currently modifying. Everyone at the space is extremely welcoming and really, really freaking helpful with a multitude of subjects. The type of people that show up really did surprise me from engineers, to music artists, to just plain artists. Take a look around your city! I bet you have one near.