Make-End: A Maker Festival for Macon

College Hill Alliance c/o The Corporation of Mercer University

Funding Received: 2014
Macon, GA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Make-End, Central Georgia's inaugural maker festival, is a two-day event showcasing makers, entrepreneurial speakers and larger-than-life performances. The event, which will be held November 14-15, 2015, in Macon, Georgia's historic College Hill Corridor, promotes 21st century community revitalization by fostering innovation in the arts and entrepreneurship within economic development.

Important Dates: 

  • Call for Makers, Ambassadors and Speakers: June 15 - August 15

  • Advance Price Tickets On Sale: Sept. 15 - Nov. 13

  • Event Dates: Regular Price Tickets: Nov. 14 - 15

Progress To-Date: 

  • Held press conference and issued press release on July 1, 2014, to announce ArtPlace America award to fund the Make-End Maker Festival.

  • Hosted Makers Mingle meeting on August 11, 2014, which brought together community members to learn more about Make-End and ways they can be involved as volunteers, participants or attendees. 

  • Completed best practices analysis of national Maker Faires and festivals, utilizing a combination of online research, site visits and interviews with makers, event planners and community volunteers from other events.

  • Observed signature maker events, the most notable of which include the New York World Maker Faire, Detroit Maker Faire and Atlanta Maker Faire.

  • Developed preliminary event strategies in partnership with educational institutions, local government officials, non-profits and the regional business community.

  • Created a logistical framework for event ticketing, site location, operation and management, security, setup and breakdown of the event.

  • Developed digital, print and promotional Make-End marketing collateral for national distribution, including at the SxSW Create event. 

  • Held press conference and issued press release on July 10, 2015, to announce Make-End Call for Makers and Ambassadors Program.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Nov 15, 2015
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