Press Release!

April 13, 2016

Kelly Murray, Public Relations & Social Media
(315) 534-9362;

Mohawk Valley Makers Unite! The first-ever Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire to be held at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
A family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of maker culture in the Mohawk Valley.

Utica, NY — The Mohawk Valley joins a growing list of communities to organize a grassroots Mini Maker Faire that celebrates and shares the creativity and ingenuity of the local region. The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is a collaborative event where “makers” – artists, engineers, students, science clubs, designers, tech-enthusiasts, tinkerers, educators and entrepreneurs – come together to exhibit and share their creations and expertise. The inaugural Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m. at the SUNY Polytechnic campus in Utica.

“One of the strengths of the Mohawk Valley is that there are a lot of creative, innovative, and resourceful individuals and groups,” says Dr. Daryl Lee, who coordinates the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and is the faire’s co-organizer. “Our goal is to help bring them all together and build a network of innovators who can share their knowledge, inspire others, and contribute to the cultural and economic revitalization of the region.”

The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event consisting of over 40 interactive exhibits, performances, and demonstrations ranging from robotics to 3d-printing, drones to rockets, poems to puppetry, modern dance and music. One of the main attractions will be the collaborative “UtiCAR” project coordinated by Sculpture Space artists George Hendrickson and Marc-Anthony Polizzi and Steve Hale of Steve’s Restorations and Hot Rods. Hale is one of the featured artists and artisans of the History Channel’s show American Restoration and together with other Mohawk Valley makers will lead faire-goers in transforming a rusty 1999 Jeep Cherokee into a work of art. Attendees will be able to participate in other play-driven, creative, and interactive experiences. Exhibitors include SUNY Polytechnic’s award winning RoboSpartans robotics team, Oneida Square Public Art and Design, Utica Bike Rescue, Toothpick World, Utica Public Library, Oneida Indian Nation Shako:wi Cultural Center, Sculpture Space, and many more.

The event is sponsored by SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Workforce Development Institute, The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Club Creaticity, Auto Finishers Supply Co. and Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES. The event has been organized by faculty, staff, and students from SUNY Polytechnic Institute in collaboration with partners including thINCubator, Sculpture Space, The Utica Children’s Museum, Utica Public Library, Fayetteville Free Library and Steve’s Restorations and Hot Rods.

The faire will be held 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th. Attendance is free and event-goers are encouraged to reserve their ticket in advance through the event website Registration and check-in for the event will take place in the Student Center welcome area on the SUNY Polytechnic Utica campus.

The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire takes after its enormous flagship event, Maker Faire Bay Area, which hosts more than 130,000 visitors in San Mateo, California each year. The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event. Both share the goal of spreading the maker ethos and the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire’s mission is to cultivate a sustainable maker culture as part of a thriving, encouraging Mohawk Valley region. The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

Follow the development of the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire event on our Facebook page as well as our Twitter, Instagram & YouTube accounts, @makerfaireMV hashtag #makerfaireMV.
Kelly Murray –

Eventbrite – Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire

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