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Maker Faire Orlando Expands to Orlando Museum of Art

The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth is Bigger and Better than Ever

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2015) — Maker Faire Orlando is growing thanks to a new partnership between Orlando Museum of Art, The Maker Effect Foundation and Orlando Science Center. The two-day, family-friendly celebration will feature more than 250 local Makers, hands-on workshops and more that will entertain and inspire more than 15,000 members of the Central Florida community. Maker Faire Orlando will be held on September 12 and 13 in the Orlando Science Center, Loch Haven Park and, new for 2015, the Orlando Museum of Art!

The partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art is a result of the growth of Central Florida’s Maker community. In 2014, Maker Faire Orlando received “featured” status and promotional support from the originator and licensor of Maker Faire events, Maker Media, and expanded to a two-day extravaganza. Maker Faire Orlando is fueled by the local arts community with DIY enthusiasts and families taking part in a celebration of technology, science, arts, crafts, engineering, education, sustainability and much more. This year, the can’t-miss event has grown its arts presence even larger with the addition of exhibit and workshop space at the Orlando Museum of Art.

“The creativity demonstrated by the individuals participating in –and attending — the Maker Faire naturally coincides with the work of the Orlando Museum of Art,” said Glen Gentele, Director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art. “We are excited to join our colleagues at the Orlando Science Center in hosting Maker Faire Orlando.”

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Featured Makers: Crafty Dork and Sticker Dork

Jenny, also known as The Crafty Dork loves to crochet! She especially loves to mix her love for crochet with her love for everything geeky , whether it is a comic, anime, manga or video game character! Crocheting can be super cool!

The Sticker Dork enjoys fulfilling the vinyl sticker needs of the geek community. He uses a mix of traditional and digital art to create wall art vinyl and vinyls for basically anything you can stick them on.

With their common love for all things geeky, I’m sure you will agree that the crafty dork and the sticker dork are a perfect pair!

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Places and Spaces for Makers

We’ve already approved over 180 Makers, and are continuing to review the exhibit proposals for Maker Faire Orlando 2015. This week we are featuring exhibits by members of 6 local Maker and Hacker Spaces. These spaces are located in and around Central Florida and are organizations where YOU can make stuff (and maybe some new friends)!
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Just check out some of the amazing projects coming out of these spaces!

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Six Makers that are new to Maker Faire Orlando!

We’ve already approved over 175 Makers, and are continuing to review the exhibit proposals for Maker Faire Orlando 2015. This week we are featuring 6 Makers that are new for 2015!

Thank you!

Maker Faire Orlando 2014 was an amazing success. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone involved – it took well over 1,000 of us to create the event – Makers, Maker helpers, volunteers, our community advisory board, our community partners, our sponsors, and the amazing team at the Orlando Science Center.

We’d also like to thank the attendees – what an awesome crowd of engaged, inquisitive learners. We heard story after story from our Makers about how the attendees made the event special for them.

Our next task is to get some rest and watch all the awesome photos & videos that are being shared. We are giving away some Skycraft Parts & Surplus gift certificates to some of our favorites (but not til the weekend), so as you share, make sure you tag us, use the #OrlandoMaker hashtag, or shoot us a link to makers@makerfaireorlando.com

We will be back in a few days with stats on the event, and to highlight some of our favorite memories.