Making Midwest is our collective flag, planted.

The Midwest is a leader in the creative industry. From Chicago, to Detroit, to Pittsburgh, Nashville and everywhere in between, the Midwest is home to the most passionate and hardworking people in the country— Making Midwest is our collective flag, planted. A proud showing of what we make, how we make it and why. And most importantly, our shared stories, as we grow and push each other to be the very best — we are Making Midwest.


Started in Early 2015 in Columbus, Ohio, Making Midwest is a community created by Zwelly Co. as an initiative to serve the creative artists of the Midwest United States by bringing them value in the form of talks, projects & workshops.

Who We Are

Making Midwest is run by a passionate group of Ohio Designers, Animators, Developers, Photographers and Film Makers that believe our creative community can rise together.

The Planning Team

Matt Vojacek

Event Director

Hannah Ward

Event Coordinator

Bryan Garvin


Charles Hairston

Video + Motion Designer

Join the team as a MMW volunteer.

Apply to become a volunteer at Making Midwest events and festival and get free admission into all Making Midwest events. Due to the time it takes to train, we ask for a 1 year commitment. We understand that you may not be able to make every event though.

Get Updates

Sign up for early access and information about Making Midwest events and projects: