April 12, 2014

Fresno Mini Maker Faire lets people get hands-on with art and more

More than 100 artists were on hand Saturday at the Fresno Mini Maker Faire, a day filled with science, innovation, amazing craftsmanship, children's events and food and entertainment.

The Fresno event is a local spinoff. The granddaddy event, the Maker Faire Bay Area, was launched in 2006, and more than 100,000 people attended the 2013 installment. "Flagship" events are now held in San Mateo, New York and Detroit. Community-based Mini Maker Faires, which are smaller, have been held in a number of cities across the U.S. Organizers describe the original Maker concept as featuring "innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft."

Last year, the first Fresno Mini Maker Faire was held at Chukchansi Park during a Fresno Grizzlies game. More than 30 Makers participated. This year, the festivities moved to the Fresno Art Museum thanks to a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. The event will be held at least through next year at the museum.

Each Maker gets a booth or designated area and has to do more than just display a finished product -- the understanding is that he or she will teach, demonstrate or share what they do or make.

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