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A portion of this year’s ticket sales will be donated to The Gathering Place, a non-profit serving the needs of those touched by cancer.
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Cleveland Studio Tour
When: Friday, August 5th from 10:45am-5pm
Where: Meet outside PlayhouseSquare under the marquee.
What: Back by popular demand, we're so happy to welcome the Cleveland studio tour, sponsored by the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development, back to Weapons of Mass Creation Fest!
Join our Cleveland Studio Tour, which will give you a glimpse into some of the hippest creative firms in our great city.
Topic: Sit down with internationally recognized sign painter Sean Starr of Starr Studios in Denton, Texas whose work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, NBC Television, and The Food Network as well as industry publications such as Digital Output Magazine, Juxtapoz, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth Magazine, This Old House and SignCraft, and Signs of the Times Magazines. Sean will share his craft, focusing on how to work with large scale lettering.
Friday · 8am-10am
Topic: John G., just named Scene Magazine 2016's Best Illustrator in Cleveland, will teach you to not only start, but complete your comic book story, so that those half-finished stories in your drawer will become something once and for all.
Friday · 10:30am-12:30pm
Topic: Whether you’re a solo freelancer working from home or a small group of creative entrepreneurs ready to get to the next level, this is your roadmap to success. With Designer, Author and Partner, and Chief Experience Officer of Nine Labs, Brad Weaver.
Friday · 10:30am-2:30pm
Topic: Yoga guru / designer Ann Walter is here to show you how yoga is the perfect tool for inspiration, relaxation and that recharge you are seeking in the middle of your work day.
FREE! Sign up to reserve your spot.
*Ann is offering a free yoga class to all on Saturday in the Ohio Theatre lobby at 8:30 am. Bring a yoga mat or towel!*
Topic: Animation Professional & Visual Storyteller Katia Oloy, animation director Matt Vojacek, illustrator Oliver Barrett, and Art Director Chris Comella discuss the characteristics of a great portfolio. Warning: workshop leaders will be telling it like it is. Bring your laptop and online portfolio or a hardcopy of your portfolio to this workshop please.
Friday 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Topic: In this interactive workshop, the Real Thread team will show you what makes a great t-shirt and how shirts can grow a brand. Every class participant will have the opportunity to design a t-shirt, with the winner receiving a free run of their winning design, printed back at RT headquarters. Participants will also get to live-screen print an exclusive, limited designed t-shirt from the event. Students will need to download Adobe Capture prior to this class.
Saturday · 8am-10am
Workshop: Art & the Heart: Creating your own labyrinth
Topic: We are thrilled to be donating a portion of our ticket sales this year to The Gathering Place, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of those touched by cancer. Kristina Austin, Marketing Director at The Gathering Place, will be on-site to provide a free workshop to our attendees touched by cancer or curious about their services, all of which are completely free. In Art and the Heart, you will learn how the labyrinth can help us open our hearts to stillness and reflection while using art to create your own labyrinth.
Saturday · 10:30am-11:30am
JakPrints After Party
When: Saturday August 6th from 9pm-2am
Where: Twin Lanes Bowling Alley located at: 1812 E. 30th St. Cleveland, OH 44114 (Just minutes from the Playhouse Square)
What: Join us for the official WMC After-Party brought to you by Jakprints and A.I.D ( Adventures in Design) with Special host and DJ Mark Brickey. Enjoy FREE Bowling, drink and food specials, Karaoke, billiards and tons of space to reconnect and create some unforgettable memories with friends. This is a bash you won’t want to miss, see you there!
Topic: Transitioning from school to the work force? Matt Vojacek, Principal & Animation Director of Zwelly Co., will calm your fears and impart necessary wisdom.
Sunday · 8am-10am
Topic: Mamie Kanfer Stewart, Founder & CEO at Meeteor, is going to show you how to make meetings the best part of your day. Seriously.
Sunday · 10:30am-12:30pm