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October 14th 2017


Our community is full of amazing makers creating wonderful things. The Heartland Maker Fest focuses on bringing attention to these great projects that can inspire everyone.


Our community has the tools and resources around us to help make your creative dreams a reality.


We think one of the best ways to strengthen our creative maker community is to build connections between the diverse members.

Heartland Maker Fest 2017
October 14, 2017 | 9AM-2PM
Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana

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Maker and Fest Updates:

Meet the Makers: Hyve Touch Synthesizer

Were happy to have Skot Wiedmann returning to the Maker Fest this year. He is an engineer and artist whose creations explore the intersections of art and science. Using his knowledge of electrical engineering, he builds interactive artistic objects. At the Maker Fest,...

Meet the Makers: Vinny Santanelli Music

Another addition to our new line up of local performers this year, we’re excited to have Vinny Santanelli playing at Heartland Maker Fest! Vinny is originally from the East coast, but now makes his home in the Midwest where he receives a lot of his musical...

Meet the Makers: ScratchBuilds

  ScratchBuilds is back! At last year’s Maker Fest we learned what a wonderful local resource they are for helping you enter the world of First Person View (FPV) Racing Quadcopters. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s really exciting stuff!...

Meet the Makers: Maddy MotzArt

Maddy MotzArt (Madalyn Davidson) is one of our new makers this year. She writes: I have been painting all my life starting out in watercolors and acrylics. When I was younger my father would bring a dollar store set of watercolors on vacation in Michigan and Florida...

Meet the Makers: Elis Artz – Brazilian Jazz

We’ve expanded this year’s fest to include local performers and we’re honored to welcome Elis Artz to the Heartland Maker Fest family. Here are a few words from Elis about her art: Elis Artz was born In Brazil and has lived in Champaign since 2006....