“Growing a Maker Community: Planning and implementing a local community Maker Fest,” written by Tracy Paradis, Debby Emerson, and Michelle Costello, is a published chapter in Makerspaces for Adults: Best Practices and Great Projects.
From the chapter proposal abstract:
“The Geneseo Maker Fest held its inaugural event on March 30th, 2019. The event was a huge success and was a collaborative effort involving many community organizations.
In this chapter we will discuss the generation, planning, organization, implementation and assessment of Geneseo Maker Fest, a one-day celebration to promote and share the creative pursuits of our local makers and what they create. The Maker movement has been building momentum in our region, but aside from a couple of small school and public library Makerspaces, there weren’t places where people of all ages could go to Make. Most of the Makerspaces, major events, and activities were being held in urban Rochester, N.Y., making them inaccessible for many people in the rural region around Geneseo, N.Y. The project came about through an existing collaborative relationship between SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library and Wadsworth Library, and grew to include additional academic, public, and community partners.”