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Heartland Maker Fest 2015 Come join the party!

What is Maker Fest you ask? Well, they are a wonderful community that make it their mission to Inspire, Empower, and Connect Artist and Creative folks like myself. Below is a little more information about the group and what they do. Be sure to come out and support not only myself but the countless others that are going to be apart of this wonderful day. Oct. 3 2015 at 201 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL 61801
About the Heartland Maker Fest
October 3rd, 2015 | Lincoln Square Mall

The Heartland Maker Fest is Makerspace Urbana‘s annual event celebrating the amazing makers in Urbana-Champaign and the surrounding communities. We wish to:

  • Inspire By searching for creative and unique makers to exhibit at the festival we hope attendees are inspired by the creative projects of others.
  • Empower By focusing on hands on experiences we hope people feel empowered to make their own projects a reality.
  • Connect By creating a free and open public festival we hope to connect attendees to the local resources they need to help make their ideas come to life.

Who is a Maker? Anyone who likes to make things! An example of some the diverse fields include: arts, crafts, engineering, music, science, technology, Do-It-Yourselfers and many more.

Who organizes the event?  Volunteers! Many of whom are from Makerspace Urbana, Central Illinois Aerospace (CIA), the CU Community Fab Lab, and other great organizations. If you are interested in helping organize just email us at

Meet the Makers: Maker Girl

Meet the Makers: Maker Girl

We have an exciting new maker organization joining us this year! MakerGirl is a group with a goal to introduce girls from the ages of 7 to 10 to STEM fields. By running all various types of unique and fun 3D printing sessions at the Illinois Maker Lab they have…

Meet the Makers: Fashion Remade

Meet the Makers: Fashion Remade

We’re happy to announce Ja Nelle Pleasure will be returning to the fest this year to share her talents for turning recycled materials into new garments. Last year, she created a wonderful hands-on experience helping people create their own fashion accessories. …

Meet the Makers: Makerspace Urbana

Meet the Makers: Makerspace Urbana

Makerspace Urbana, a working group of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, is dedicated to enabling the blend of arts, humanities, science and technology. Our mission is to provide an open community lab where people of diverse backgrounds can learn,…

Meet the Makers: Dot Dot Dot T-Shirts

Meet the Makers: Dot Dot Dot T-Shirts

We are excited to welcome Jes Swift to Heartland Maker Fest as a new Maker! Jes Swift is a graphic artist making original designs for print and upcycling t-shirts into clothing and accessories. She has been making shirts, clothing, graphic art, and candles for over 10…

Meet the Makers: CUC Fab Lab

The Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab has truly become a staple of the DIY/Maker community in Champaign Urbana. They were always a favorite at the UC Mini Maker Faire and will be returning to the Heartland Maker Fest to show off all they have to offer. Be sure to…


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