Maker Faire Orlando is growing thanks to a new partnership between Orlando Museum of Art, The Maker Effect Foundation and Orlando Science Center. The two-day family-friendly celebration will feature more than 250 local Makers, hands-on workshops and more that will entertain and inspire more than 15,000 members of the Central Florida community. Maker Faire Orlando will be held on September 12 and 13 in the Orlando Science Center, Loch Haven Park and, new for 2015, the Orlando Museum of Art!
The partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art is a result of the growth of Central Florida’s Maker community. In 2014, Maker Faire Orlando received “featured” status and promotional support from the originator and licensor of Maker Faire events, Maker Media, and expanded to a two-day extravaganza. Maker Faire Orlando is fueled by the local arts community with DIY enthusiasts and families taking part in a celebration of technology, science, arts, crafts, engineering, education, sustainability and much more. This year, the can’t-miss event has grown its arts presence even larger with the edition of exhibit and workshop space at the Orlando Museum of Art.
“The creativity demonstrated by the individuals participating in – and attending – the Maker Faire naturally coincides with the work of the Orlando Museum of Art,” said Glen Gentele, Director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art. “We are excited to join our colleagues at the Orlando Science Center in hosting Maker Faire Orlando.”
“Here, people can show off what they are making and share everything they’re learning,” said Candy Cole, President and co-founder of The Maker Effect Foundation. “Our continued expansion will allow even more makers to participate, and others in the community to see and learn from the incredible talents of our neighbors.”
“Creativity fuels innovation and innovation is at the heart of science,” says JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of Orlando Science Center. “Maker Faire Orlando is an incredible showcase for creativity, imagination and hands-on technical skills so it’s a wonderful blend of art and science. Orlando Museum of Art joining us this year is a perfect fit and further strengthens the connection at the event between STEM and the arts.”
Maker Faire Orlando is made possible through the efforts of many individuals in the local Maker community and community partner organizations such as FamiLAB, Factur, Maitland Art & History Museums, The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center, Nerd Nite Orlando and Crealde School of Art.
The unprecedented collaboration between The Maker Effect Foundation, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Museum of Art and these community partners blurs the lines between art and technology in a way that enriches the community and creates opportunities for creativity, learning, fun, and innovation.