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A Conference dedicated to Creativity.

That's right, Making Midwest is a conference that doesn't focus on a single creative industry, but instead focuses on how to be a more creative pro. Whether your tool of choice is a mouse, a sketchbook, a pen or a cutting board, you belong here. Join us as we spend 3 days diving into creativity, making things and listening to other Midwest pros share their stories.

2019 Presenters (Sat & Sun)

CJ Casciotta

Get Weird

Lisa Quine

Lettering Murals

Jamal Collins

Design Education

Alexia Winfield

Columbus Book Project

Ryan Vesler


Claire Coder

Aunt Flow

Dr. Mark Lomax, II


Meredith Dixon

Studio Dixon

Chelsea Curry & Alicia Huber

m+a architects

Cassandra Lyon

Lyon Visuals

Matt Davis & Joel Limes


Emcee - Ben Stafford


Creative Business School (Friday)

8am - Navigating The First Miles Working For Yourself

We'll start the day by learning about taking the leap into your creative business and give some tips for you to navigate your own leap/transition with Ben Howes.

Howes Design Service

10am - Financial Wellness: Five Ways to Boost Yours

After a short break, we'll get back to it and you'll learn more about the financial side of things like taxes and managing your money w/ Elaine Grogan Luttrull

Minerva Financial

Noon - Lunch

We'll bring you lunch while you hang out with some of the other attendees and make some new friends. (Lunch included)

1pm - Marketing Yourself

Learn more about how you can successfully market yourself or your small business on a shoe string budget w/ Anthony Trimpe

Creative Direction

2:30pm - Self-publishing, Side Projects and Super Powers

Learn about how you can develop your own side projects or products as a secondary source of income or personal development from Jeremy Slagle and Beth Stafford.

Happy Cargo Books

4pm - Everything I Know About Starting an Agency

In this class, you'll learn about growing your freelance/small business into a creative agency with employees w/ founder of Zoco Design, Lacey Picazo

ZoCo Design