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    Ignite Your Potential at this Year's WMC Fest7—A Maker Event

    The Department of Economic Development was a proud sponsor of Go Media’s 6th Annual Weapons of Mass Creation event at the Allen Theatre last year and will again be a sponsor for WMCFest7 August 5-7th at the State, Ohio and Kennedy Theaters in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.
    “Weapons of Mass Creation Fest ("WMC")  is the premier design and entrepreneurship conference in the Midwest. Each year, working class creatives get together to talk shop, share their stories, and get inspired” – Go Media. 
    The event was created originally by Go Media, a creative studio in Cleveland, Ohio—Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is highly applauded for their dedication to education. With the event they have created an interactive environment that encourages everyone involved to push themselves creatively.
    this year, WMC Fest will focus more on engaging and motivating talks by bringing in speakers like nationally recognized, Grammy award-winning designer Stefan Sagmeister, as well as heavy hitters including Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters—the world's first podcast about design, and President Emeritus of AIGA—one of four women to hold the position in the organizations 100-year history, as well as Cleveland design legend Aaron Sechrist. 

    Also on tap for this year, aside from the core group of speakers, include workshops and panel discussions. Dynamic events, including Ink Wars and the Go Media Podcast, will be returning and the Cleveland studio tour will kick off the three day event.
    Marketing the City of Cleveland to entrepreneurs during maker events as a great creative place to live, work, and play is one of the missions of the Department of Economic Development.  Yet, the team faces a challenge in how to attract makers and creators to start a conversation with a city department. The Department of Economic Development is working to develop a new Departmental display with a tremendous amount of help from the GoMedia Team! Check out our new designs by visiting our table in Vendor Village at the event. We will be present all three days to hand out information on Cleveland’s maker community, spaces, and events. Visit our table and find out more!

    Tickets are on sale and you can find them here. 3-day passes will include admittance to all events, with exception of the workshops, which are ticketed individually.
    The Department of Economic Development thanks Go Media for the opportunity to participate and be a part of the Maker Movement. #NEOMakers
    “Where I create, there I am true.”  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

    About Weapons of Mass Creation Fest:
    WMC brings more than 1,000 attendees over a three day event. Attendees range from professional designers, students, and small business owners and come from popular creative hubs like New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, and Chicago. Attendees will have access to 10 speakers, 8 workshops, 3 panels, and over 20 vendors. Alumni include Michael Bierut, Debbie Millman, Tad Carpenter, Aaron Draplin, Austin Kleon, Brandon Rike, Chuck Anderson, Dan Christofferson, James White, Johnny Cupcakes, Mark Brickey and the Adventures in Design Podcast, Jon Contino and National Poster Retrospecticus. WMC Fest has seen its attendance continue to grow each year since its 2010 debut, with over 1,200 packing event venues in 2016.  (Ink Wars shown in Photo)
    About Allen Theatre and Playhouse Square:
    As the nation’s largest performing arts complex outside New York City, Playhouse Square attracts 1 million guests annually to its 10 performance spaces: the State, Ohio, Hanna and Allen Theatres (all built in 1921), the Palace Theatre (1922), Kennedy’s Cabaret (1975), Star Plaza (1996), Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre (2005), and Outcalt Theatre and Helen
    Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre (2012). Saved from demolition in 1972 by a grassroots effort that became the not-for-profit Playhouse Square organization, the painstaking renovation and reopenings qualified the project as “the largest theater restoration in the world.”
    From its Roaring Twenties vaudeville days to post WWII performers such as Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and The Three Stooges, and Broadway icons like Mary Martin, Yul Brynner and Carol Channing, to the brightest entertainers of today, the most popular national and international performers come to Playhouse Square’s stages, casting it as the region’s top presenter and
    producer of entertainment.
    About Go Media:
    Go Media, located in Cleveland, Ohio, offers design services, products, and knowledge for clients who seek unexpected and compelling visual communications. Founded in 2003 by William Beachy and Wilson Revehl, Go Media now houses a team of artists, programmers, and strategists who practice the art of communication. Go Media works with brands who have a passion for smart design, bold creativity, and meaningful ideas. The company is active in building thriving creative communities online through educational content hubs, and via events including Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and On the Map.