Presented by the Knight Foundation, the Mobile Arts and Community Experience (MAX) plans to pop up Saturday October 10, at the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire hosted by Discovery Place ®.
The Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Located inside the Discovery Place, more than 70 different local vendors will showcase their craft and provide demonstrations every hour. On N. Tryon Street, attendees will find additional exhibits and performances located on the UNC, MAX stage.
Starting with a purpose-built 20’ high cube container, the MAX stage was built with two fold-down walls that morph the environment from performance stage to meeting space depending on which side was opened.
The environment lives on a 3’ tall custom-built trailer for easy transport as MAX travels throughout the community. The truly astonishing aspect of this design is the engineering measures taken to adapt the space for acrobatic performances. Custom-built spring floor for performers, 24’ high trussing engineered for aerials, parkour, and other daredevil stunts, the MAX stage acts as a jungle gym for the larger-than-life performers.
About the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture
Established in 2008, the College of Arts + Architecture represents nearly 1000 students and more than 100 full-time faculty members in five creative disciplines: art and art history, architecture, dance, music, and theatre. Dedicated to interdisciplinary conversation, collaboration, and innovation, the College of Arts + Architecture demonstrates UNC Charlotte’s commitment to arts and culture on campus and in the broader community. The College presents exhibitions, lectures, and nearly 100 performances each year. For more information, visit www.coaa.uncc.edu.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more information, please visit KnightFoundation.org.
About Discovery Place
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science and nature. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities.
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261, visit discoveryplace.org or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Discovery Place, Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.
About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100+ makers and 145,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Silver Spring, Ottawa, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Newcastle, Hannover, Oslo, Trondheim, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” Maker Faires. In addition, over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Charlotte.