FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire - the second annual celebration of innovation and creativity scheduled for October 13, 2019 at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.

The Inner Arbor Trust, Downtown Columbia Partnership, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission, and Howard County Tech Council are co-hosting Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire, a celebration of creativity and innovation.  Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire is independently produced under a license from Make Community, which licenses Faires worldwide.  The event is free to attend, but tickets are required via downtowncolumbia.makerfaire.com.

“Howard County is the perfect gathering place for curious people and innovative ideas. From our Applied Physics Lab to Merriweather Post Pavilion to our Innovation Center, this community is home to world-renowned creativity and invention,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “We look forward to supporting the second annual Mini Maker Faire at the heart of our technology, culture, and commerce hub in the Merriweather District of Downtown Columbia.”  This event is one of many where the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks nurtures creativity and technology.  

Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire celebrates Howard County’s focus on techonology.  Tracy Turner, Executive Director of Howard County Tech Council, says “Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire empowers students, teachers and families to explore creativity in all its forms and drives a much needed interest in STEM fields. This annual event is setting new directions in education and turns the community into makers, not just consumers.”

Notably, Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire is a collaboration of many entities in Downtown.  Phillip Dodge, Executive Director of the Downtown Columbia Partnership, notes “smack in the middle of a thriving arts park, right next to one of the top outdoor music venues in the country, and within a short walk to the epicenter of cyber security – Maker Faire is an obvious fit for Downtown Columbia. We’re a hub for makers and creative thinkers of all kinds so it only makes sense to spend a day celebrating and nurturing these talents.”  Ian Kennedy, Executive Director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission states “Columbia has always been an innovative, forward-looking community—a place that celebrates curiosity, creativity, and collaboration—and Maker Faire embodies this same spirit as well as the quest to boldly reimagine the possibilities before us and the future that's ahead of us. Bringing the Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire back is at once obvious and exciting, and we're happy to be a part of it.”

The location - adjacent to the new Merriweather District of culture and commerce - embodies the intersection of technology and creativity.  “Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, and the Chrysalis in particular, is a merger of creativity and technology, of art and engineering,” says Nina Basu, President & CEO of the Inner Arbor Trust.  “We are thrilled to host the community to celebrate creativity.”

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, and projects.  It is called it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!

For more information:

Inner Arbor Trust

Nina Basu, President & CEO, Inner Arbor Trust, Inc.

nina@innerarbortrust.org