AD: Amazeum hosts Arkansas Maker Summit in downtown Springdale

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What do educators, entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, and innovators have in common? They’re all Makers with a mindset focused on finding solutions, building community, and implementing big ideas along with a healthy amount of creativity. Attend Arkansas Maker Summit, hosted by the Scott Family Amazeum, meet some makers and discover your place in the growing Maker Movement in Arkansas.

What’s the Maker Movement? The Maker Movement connects people from business and industry, education, entrepreneurship and creative sectors to build a collaborative, inclusive movement with creativity at its core. The Maker Movement integrates science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) with active learning, innovation, and workforce development to enhance opportunities for an increasingly diverse population. Arkansas Maker Summit explores the impact of making in a variety of contexts, including Makerspaces in K-12 schools and extracurricular environments, business and manufacturing, and entrepreneurial settings.

But, don’t take our word for it. Hear straight from keynote speaker Dale Dougherty, CEO and Founder of Maker Media, Make Magazine and Maker Faire, and founding board member of the Maker Education Initiative. Dougherty, aka the godfather of the maker movement, shares years of experience building maker ecosystems that develop communities. Throughout the day, breakout sessions and short talks interspersed with interactive activities take a deep dive into making in the context of entrepreneurship, education, and skill development aligned with economic drivers and quality of life initiatives.

Arkansas Maker Summit, presented the Windgate Foundation, explores the value of a robust Maker Movement throughout the Natural State to increase opportunities for diverse populations, identify economic drivers, and create future-ready learners. More information and registration at

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