Midwest Craft Con 2023

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Midwest Craft Con 2023

The Midwest Craft Con is a three-day retreat for crafters, makers and creative business owners in Columbus, Ohio.

When and where

Date and time

Location

Columbus Museum of Art 480 East Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215

Map and directions

How to get there

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 2 days 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The Midwest Craft Con is a three-day retreat for crafters, makers and creative business owners.

The conference will include inspirational keynote addresses, thought-provoking panel discussions, hands-on workshops and business-focused breakout sessions from experts from Ohio, the Midwest and beyond. But it won't be all work: You'll make new friends at our evening mixers, explore our trade show and network with makers — it'll be a weekend-long retreat with your best craft buddies. We hope you can join us!

Our keynote speakers for 2023 is crochet and fiber artist, Toni Lispey of TL Yarn Crafts.

Breakout sessions will include expert advice on everything you need to know about running your small business, from marketing and social media to panel conversations to DIY workshops.

New to the conference is a one day marketplace, Craftin' Outlaws.

When is it?

Midwest Craft Con will be from Friday morning to Sunday evening, March 31 - April 2, 2023, at the Columbus Museum of Art, located in Columbus, Ohio. Attendees will also have self-guided tours sprinkled into their conference time.

MCC Members have access to tickets at the special rate of $299 with member price available until we have reached capacity. There are 100 Early Bird tickets at the rate of $349! Three day passes will then increase up to $449 after they've sold out or become available by November 18th, whichever should come first. Day passes and scholarships will be made available in 2023. Ticket capacity not to exceed 200 attendees.

What's included?

Three days of sessions, panels and keynote speakers, plus fun maker-centric activities and ample socialization time. Your ticket to Midwest Craft Con gets you access to the Columbus Museum of Art.

Sunday will be our day of DIY with the majority of workshops occuring and be in combination of the Marketplace: Craftin' Outlaws. All attendees will receive Early Bird shopping access to the craft show.

Home2 Suites offers, breakfast for those staying overnight. Lodging is not included in the cost of your ticket.

A complimentary lunch will be provided for attendees on Saturday. Attendees can also stop into the museums cafe and be provided with dining options close to the area.

When you register, we'll send you a confirmation email with a link to reserve your hotel room. We highly recommend staying on site, as there will be after hour experiences offered. We've negotiated a special price of $119 for attendees, with overnight park at $8. Attendees must book through the hotel reservation link by March 9th to get this rate. We'll also invite you to join our private Facebook group for Midwest Craft Con attendees, where you can find someone to share a room with if you're coming on your own! 

COVID-19

At this time (9/22) we are not implementing COVID-19 restrictions. Individuals may wear masks if that is their preference and we encourage vaccinations. We will continue to monitor transmission rates as the event approaches.

Help out a fellow maker!

Consider giving a dollar or two to our scholarship fund to help out a crafter who can't afford this awesome experience on their own right now. Your donation is tax-deductible! Our goal is to raise $10,000 to provide 10 crafters of color free admission, lodging and a pre-paid gift card for travel expsenses.

What else do I need to know?

We aim to make this conference inclusive and fun, so please read our Code of Conduct that we expect all attendees to adhere to. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Check out our website here for more details about us and our event, and you can email us at midwestcraftcon@gmail.com.

Is my ticket transferrable?

If you purchased a ticket but can no longer join us, tickets are transferable but not refundable. You can post your ticket for sale in the Facebook group, and you can transfer the ticket yourself to the new holder from within your Eventbrite account, but please notify us of the transfer for our records. There is one exception: If you are invited to speak or vend at the conference/marketplace but already bought a ticket, we will happily refund your ticket for 3-full days or a extend a 1 day refund if you are a marketplace exhibitor. (We provide conference admission, hotel accommodations and an honorarium for invited speakers.) 

Accessability!

We at Midwest CraftCon strive to have all our activities be as inclusive as possible. All meeting rooms and classrooms meet ADA standards, but if you have specific accessibility needs or questions please reach out to Megan Green (midwestcraftcon.com) or Michelle Bazeley (gluegunky@gmail.com) Questions about overnight accommodations can be addressed directly 2 Home2 Suites.

Sponsorship!

One should never craft alone, which is why we are grateful for the support of: Ohio Arts Council, Columbus Museum of Art, Walnut Hollow, Handprint and Sew to Speak and Maydel. Contact us to not only support the handmade efforts of MCC but recieve a tax donation. Contact us to support our conference and marketplace all while receiving a tax donation.

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