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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: Society for Creative Anachronism

Take a glimpse at Maker Fest 1099 with the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Arts and Sciences group! Their local artisans and creators’ projects range from delicate calligraphy to heavy metal blacksmithing, with particular areas of interest in fiber...

Meet the Makers: Piper Pottery + Crafts

We’re happy to announce we have a new Maker this year that helps connect people + clay!  And best of all, they will be providing a hands-on experience to get you playing with clay. Cammie Meerdink is the artist behind Piper Pottery + Crafts. For over 20 years,...

Meet the Makers: C-U Destination Imagination

If your child is crazy about puzzles, loves to paint and draw, can build anything out of cardboard boxes, writes amazing stories, thinks up whimsical new worlds, has a flair for drama and acting, is totally into science, or has rewired your toaster into a working time...

Meet the Makers: C-U Community Fab Lab

The Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab has truly become a staple of the DIY/Maker community in Champaign-Urbana and they are returning to the Heartland Maker Fest to show off all they have to offer. Be sure to stop, say hi, and get hands on with some of the fun...

Meet the Makers: Royel Bijou

We’re happy to announce Royel Bijou will be returning to the fest this year to share her talents for turning recycled materials into new garments. In past years, she has brought both fashion shows and wonderful hands-on experiences by helping people create their...

Meet the Makers: Caroline Goldsmith

We’re excited to welcome a new oil painter to the fest this year. Caroline Goldsmith is a plein air oil painter who normally paints on site to best capture the light and feel of a location. Recently she’s has been interested in prairie landscapes, docks,...