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Our last Maker Session of series 2 is coming to an end. For this last session, we wanted to leave you with a few tips on the importance of self-care, collaboration, and finding a schedule that works for your creative lifestyle. We will also be giving you a taste of Series 3. You don't want to miss this sessions! 

And just in case you missed it: here are some takeaways from our last session about "How to Be a Crafty Superstar" as reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The panel discussion will begin at 7pm, but we encourage you to use the first hour to network, eat, drink and visit the Museum's current exhibitions, found here.

We have a panel of stellar creative entrepreneurs ready to talk you through the importance of developing creative habits.


Betty Floored is the founder and director of Handmade Toledo, a creative multipurpose space including a Maker Shoppe featuring all handmade goods, a Workshop that keeps the creativity flowing by offering a variety of hands on, make-and-take classes and skill-shares, Maker Studios (including her killer sewing studio), and an Event Space that hosts art related events, concerts, theater productions, artisan markets, film screenings, gallery shows, and their very own indie craft fair, Maker's Mart, that they hold twice a year.

Before founding Handmade Toledo in 2012, Betty stumbled into a love affair with sewing and started her first handmade business, Oh Sew Betty, after graduating from college with her Art Education Degree. She's taught art for 10+ years to all ages ranging from Pre-k to College.

Not only has Betty started a couple businesses, she also is a founding member of her local roller derby league, The Glass City Rollers.

Elisa Gargarella, Tenured Associate Professor of Art Education, began teaching at UA in 2001. She earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instructional Studies from the University of Akron; an MA in Education from Chatham College; and a BA in Communications with a Minor in Studio Art from Denison University.

Dr. Gargarella has been the only full time art education faculty member within the Art Department at the University of Akron for fourteen years. She developed five outreach arts-based programs for the community, and has helped to place over 75% of her students in full time art teaching positions.

Dr. Gargarella's research is based on community based art education, eco-justice and social justice education through the arts, pre-service teacher engagement, and urban revitalization through public and school arts partnerships.

Dr. Gargarella is faculty and coordinator of the Art Education program at UA. She is creator and director of the award winning Arts LIFT program, a summer arts residency for inner city high school students that has produced 11 major public art installations throughout Summit County. As director of Arts LIFT, Elisa has created a model for community-based and ecology-based art education that has received local and national attention. Elisa has won multiple grants and awards for her outstanding faculty engagement for her work and research on such programming.

Chris Glass is a designer from Cincinnati, Ohio working on things like identities, websites, applications and t-shirts.

He most recently took a yearlong civic sabbatical to explore intentional photography and encourage being a tourist in your own city as a Haile Fellow.

In his spare time, he devises schemes to create spare time.

Chris Glass was a keynote speaker at Midwest Craft Con and Creative Mornings. He takes over 20,000 photographs every year and admits that some days are mundane but celebrates that some days kick butt.

Chris Miller will be our moderator for this session.  

Chris Miller is a multimedia storyteller who spent six years managing the Akron Digital Media Center, exploring new models of grassroots, neighborhood journalism. Chris works as a Communications and Community Investment Officer at Akron Community Foundation, where he researches grant applications, works with nonprofits and shares stories of ACF grantees and fundholders through numerous media outlets. He also serves as editor of the website.  

When he's not juggling multiple projects, he likes to write and play music.

Beyond all the great info you'll get from our speakers. The Maker Sessions is also a place to connect with other local creative entrepreneurs! Catered food will be provided, and food and drink for purchase are available at the Art Museum's Cafe. Don't miss this chance to network with fellow artists and makers along with free admission to the Art Museum's exhibits and galleries.

Registration and snacks will take place from 6-7pm, and the program will begin in the Museum Auditorium at 7pm with a panel discussion followed by Q&A with the audience.


The Maker Sessions are made possibly by the generous support of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Akron Art Museum.



It’s just another way that we at Crafty Mart are assisting our vendor partners to successfully reach their dreams, by providing a continual resource to help them run their business side of things. The Education Division of Crafty Mart will produce educational lectures, panel discussions and workshops to help you run your business in today’s world! We will be there to provide connections to resources that can help you in a variety of biz subjects. In summary, we know how hard it is to run a business (we’re in the trenches with you) – so how nice to have one place to reach out to that will quickly and efficiently guide you to the right resources! 

Whether your ambition is for a hobby that pays for itself, or a professional operation that is someone’s livelihood, these sessions will give you practical and usable tools to help you protect, produce and thrive. Learning while you enjoy a libation, some local culinary delights and of course great company – what could be better?

Attention Teachers: Need CEUs to maintain your license? Let us know and we will get you a certificate to present to your principal. Learn out to integrate entrepreneurial practices in your classrooms! 

All Maker Sessions take place at 6pm at the Akron Art Museum.