Making Midwest 2019

July 26-28, 2019 @ CCAD

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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

Josh Scheutzow

A Carpenter's Son

Meredith Dixon

Studio Dixon

Chelsea Curry & Alicia Huber

m+a architects

Cassandra Lyon

Lyon Visuals

Matt Davis


Emcee - Ben Stafford


Creative Business School (Friday)

8am - Taking the leap & transitioning

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 - Arts & Numbers

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 - Launching a Side Project

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 - Growing your Creative Business

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


July 26-28, 2019

60 Cleveland Ave,

Columbus, OH 43215

Friday, 8am - 6pm
Saturday, 10am - 8pm
Sunday, 10am - 6pm

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