Making Midwest 2019

July 26-28, 2019 @ CCAD

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The people that make all of this possible

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 26th - Creative Business School

(Creative Business School ticket required)

7:00 am - 9:00 am: Doors Open Coffee from Ramble Coffee

8:00 am - 9:30 am: Ben Howes -  Taking the leap

10:00 am - 11:30 am: Elaine Grogan Luttrull - Arts & Numbers

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch provided

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm: Anthony Trimpe - Marketing Yourself

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Jeremy Slagle & Beth Stafford - Launching a side project

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Lacey Picazo - Growing your creative business

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: After party and pizza at 16-bit Arcade (no ticket required)

Saturday July 27th

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Doors Open Coffee from Ramble Coffee

10:00 am - 10:55 am: Lisa Quine

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Josh Scheutzow

11:15 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break (Food truck available on site)

11:15 am - 1:00 pm: Live Mural Painting by Greg D'Amico

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm: The Game of Creativity Competition - Rd 1

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Cassandra Lyon

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Meredith Dixon

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Ryan Vessler from Homage Q&A

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Diner Break (Food truck available on site)

6:30 pm - 7:15 pm: The Game of Creativity Competition rd 2

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Alexia Winfield

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm: After Party (location TBD)

Sunday July 28th

8:00 am - 10:00 am: Doors Open Coffee from Ramble Coffee

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Claire Coder

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Chelsea Curry & Alicia Huber

11:15 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break (Food truck available on site)

11:15 am - 1:00 pm: Live Mural Painting by Greg D'Amico

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Matt Davis

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: CSCA Presents Creative Leadership Panel

3:00 pm -4:00 pm: Jamal Collins

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm: The Game of Creativity Competition Finals

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Topher James performance

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Diner Break (Food truck available on site)

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm: CJ Casciotta

8:00 pm: Doors close


July 26-28, 2019

60 Cleveland Ave,

Columbus, OH 43215

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

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