The Loop Lab

Cambridge Arts Council

Funding Received: 2017
Cambridge, MA
Funding Period: 2 years and 3 months
September 9, 2018


The Loop Lab, a creative placemaking project dedicated to creating job opportunities in the audiovisual (AV) field for underrepresented young adults, today announced its membership in the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA, formerly known as InfoComm). This alignment represents the next step in The Loop Lab’s mission to empower young adults in the Port neighborhood of Cambridge, MA, and beyond.

Established in 1939, AVIXA has grown to encompass more than 5,400 members across the AV and integrated experience fields worldwide. It serves as a hub for professional collaboration, and is the leading organization for AV standards, certification and training. These resources will further empower The Loop Lab to provide pre-professional AV training to at-risk young adults.

“Our partnership with AVIXA will prove invaluable to our students,” said Christopher Hope, CEO, The Loop Lab. “The City of Cambridge is at a critical moment in its evolution, and many of its youth are without the resources to fully explore the opportunities all around them. AVIXA’s community, thought leadership and industry intelligence will help these young people to find and exercise their true potential.”

“We are thrilled to work alongside The Loop Lap as partners in workforce development,” said Joseph Valerio, Director of Workforce Development at AVIXA. “This type of relationship is vital to bringing more awareness of AV as a career, and as a means of empowering a new generation to see themselves as AV professionals. Having key advocates like Christopher Hope and his team in communities around the globe is an important step in the right direction.”

The Loop Lab’s first AV training program for young adults, LOOP DREAMS, begins this Fall. More information about The Loop Lab is available at Follow social media updates on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About AVIXA 
AVIXA™ is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 5,400 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, live events companies, technology managers, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes for end users. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence and thought leadership. Additional information is available at

About The Loop Lab 
The Loop Lab is a 501c(3) charitable organization dedicated to empowering youth to enter STEAM fields through audio engineering and music education. Starting with the Port neighborhood of Cambridge, MA, its mission is to provide young people from underrepresented backgrounds with the tools to express themselves creatively while providing them with an on-ramp to the digital economy. The Loop Lab raised over $280,000 in grant funding in 2017, and has entered into corporate and education partnerships with organizations including Google, Microsoft, ArtPlace America and Cambridge Arts. For more information, visit

The Loop Lab 
872 Massachusetts Ave. 
Unit 1-5 
Cambridge, MA 02139