Jeff Krinks, Adventure Science Center
Adventure Science Center to Host Nashville’s First Mini Maker Faire
Tinkerers and tech enthusiasts will showcase DIY projects
at free event Sept. 21, 2013
NASHVILLE, May 20, 2013—Adventure Science Center today announced it has partnered with MakeNashville and ArtsCubed to host Nashville’s first-ever Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The free event is an all-ages gathering of local “makers”—tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists and artisans—who will showcase their do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and innovations in an expansive outdoor exhibition.
From costuming to creative knitting, robot-building to car and cycle modding, the inaugural Nashville Mini Maker Faire is assembling a cross section of interests with the common theme of science and creativity.
“Take one part science fair, one part county fair, and mix in a little of the unexpected and you get the Mini Maker Faire,” said Susan Duvenhage, president and CEO of Adventure Science Center. “This event is for anyone who has ever created something out-of-the-ordinary or has an interest in seeing human ingenuity in action.”
In a movement sweeping across the country, makers have brought more visibility to the DIY mindset that often takes place only in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. Mini Maker Faires enable these diverse projects and ideas to emerge into public view.
Call For Makers and Supporters
Nashville Mini Maker Faire invites anyone who is embracing the DIY spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Those interested in showcasing their projects can register at www.makerfairenashville.com.
The Faire will include vendors, instructional workshops, panelists and performers from around the region. Some of the activities will take place inside Adventure Science Center and are included with general admission to the Center.
Admission to the outdoor area is free. In addition, the first 1,000 children aged 2-18 who enter Adventure Science Center on Sept. 21 will have free admission, thanks to the Regions Bank “Free Days” program. All others who enter the Science Center that day will receive $7 off the regular admission price.
“Maker Faires are popping up in cities all across the world. We’re proud to be joining with MakeNashville and ArtsCubed to bring this family-friendly event to Nashville. This gives our community a chance to show off their work and inspire others to explore their own creative interests, which often use science and technology in innovative ways,” Duvenhage said.
About Adventure Science Center
For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.
MakeNashville is a recently formed organization providing the myriad of local maker groups a common set of communication and event resources. It is also chartered with the task of coordinating an annual Mini Maker Faire as well as providing coordination support for individual maker events.
ArtsCubed is a not-for-profit corporation with the mission to “Advance popular visual, performing and literary arts—along with related cultural experiences central to the lives of the community—through events, outreach, education and associated initiatives.” Since 1999, the group has produced the Middle TN Anime Convention, an annual celebration of Japanese animation and pop culture. In 2009, an additional convention was added: the Geek Media Expo. This event expanded the scope of their work to include the larger pop media and arts realm. In addition to reaching collective attendance of over 10,000 patrons to their 2102 events, the organization supports and assists the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, Atlanta’s JapanFest, and recently assumed control of the Nashville Zombie Walk, an annual gathering of costumed walkers which raised one ton of food in 2012 for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Other charitable beneficiaries have included The Red Cross, Locks of Love, Out of the Darkness, St. Jude, and various smaller local initiatives. Currently awaiting 501(c)(3) application approval, ArtsCubed aims to be the first federally recognized “geek arts” non-profit.
About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, Calif., and in 2012 celebrated its seventh annual show with some 800 makers and 110,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.
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