August 5-7, 2016

A 3-day celebration of design, entrepreneurship, and creativity at the beautiful Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, Ohio.

Presented by:


Have your purchased your tickets to the best design tour in the entire world yet? If not, hurry before the seats are all filled up.

Groupon: 1 day admission

Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is a chance for us working class creatives to get together, talk shop, and make each other better at what we do.

Become An In-Kind or Financial Backer

We need your help to cover the bills, make sure the attendees get some cool swag, and a helping hand to make WMC7 happen.

We aim at the working class creatives, so our budget isn't dependent on the $100 3-day passes we sell. It's dependent on the community at large to pitch in and make this event happen.

Download the WMC7 Sponsorship deck and let's start the conversation.

Are you a Cleveland Creative group?
Get in touch as we want you and your team with us this year.

Stay At The Wyndham

We'll be staying once again at the Wyndham Hotel across the street. When booking online, enter the dates of your stay, then the group code 0804142WE to find available rooms.

You may also call 216-615-3321 and use this code. 

Join The Conversation On Slack

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Emcee'd by Aaron "OKpants" Sechrist.


Brought to the Stage by DJ Impure

Sean Starr

"Coffee With A Sign Painter"
Saturday · 9:30am-10:30am

Jillian Adel

Saturday · 11am-12pm

Jeral Tidwell

Saturday · 12:30pm-1:30pm

Mark Brickey

"Staying Free as a Freelancer"
Saturday · 2pm-3pm

Lily Rose Lee

Saturday · 3:30pm-4:30pm

Adventures in Design

Live On Stage with Mark Brickey
Saturday · 5pm-6:30pm

RA Washington

"D.I.T. - Creating Critical Community
in a Post Modern World"
Sunday · 9:30am-10:30am

Jay Wallace

"The Stake Is High"
Sunday · 11am-12pm

Stefan Sagmeister

"Why Beauty Matters"
Sunday · 12:30pm-1:30pm

Wilson Revehl

"Go Media's Best Worst Year Ever"
Sunday · 2pm-3pm

Aaron Sechrist

Sunday · 3:30pm-4:30pm

Isabel Urbina Peña

"Everyone else is already taken"
Sunday · 5pm-6pm

Special Events at WMC7

Ink Wars WMC 2016

Friday, August 5th • 8pm-10pm

8 illustrators will be putting their skills to the test on Friday night. 7 have been chosen. Will you be the lucky 8th artist chosen to illustrate on the night of the fest?

Cleveland Studio Tour

Friday, August 5th • 10:45am-5pm

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!

Yoga Party Flow

Saturday, August 6 • 8:15am-9:15am

Channeling just a smidgen of the great Richard Simmons, Dj Tone Def will help you find your dance flow. Come wake up, sweat out last nights toxins, let your hair down and flow! All levels welcome, let's party! Ohio Theatre Lobby - bring a towel or yoga mat! Free and open to the public

Dribbble Meetup

Saturday, August 6 • 6:45pm

Let's relax together after an incredible day of workshops, talks and community. New to the fest? This is a must-attend, because some Jakprints after-party silliness is going down later and we all need to know each other pretty well by then. Swag provided by Dribbble. RSVP here.


JakPrints After Party

Saturday, August 6th • 9pm-2am

Join us at Twin Lanes Bowling Alley 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!

Workshops (Free-$60 a seat)

Going Big with Lettering

Friday · 8am-10am

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. Sean will share his craft, focusing on how to work with large scale lettering.

Creating a Captivating Comic Book Storyline

Friday · 10:30am-12:30pm

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.


How to Build a Profitable Design Business

Friday · 10:30am-2:30pm

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.

Desk Yoga

Friday · 2:45pm-3:15pm

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.

*We're offering a free yoga class to all on Saturday in the Ohio Theatre lobby at 8:15 am. Bring a yoga mat or towel!*

Creating a Killer Portfolio

Friday · 3:30-5:30 pm

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.

How to Design Something People Will Love to Wear

Saturday · 8am-10am

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.

Art & the Heart: Creating your own labyrinth

Saturday · 10:00am-11:00am

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.

After Art School - Get Your First Job

Sunday · 8am-10am

Transitioning from school to the work force? Matt Vojacek, Principal & Animation Director of Zwelly Co., will calm your fears and impart necessary wisdom.


Meetings with Impact: Plan and Run Effective Meetings

Sunday · 10:30am-12:30pm

Mamie Kanfer Stewart, Founder & CEO at Meeteor, is going to show you how to make meetings the best part of your day. Seriously.

Want a Backstage Tour of PlayhouseSquare?

Tours last approximately 90 minutes and include views and history of the lobbies, auditoriums, and backstage areas. More information.

Sign Up For Email Updates!

Sign up using your .edu email, and we'll send your student discount code to use when buying your 3-day, single-day, and workshop tickets.


Three Day Pass

Get your 3-Day Pass while supplies last. We'll be in the final stretch at this point, and you don't want to wait too much longer to secure travel and hotel accommodations.


9 workshops happening all weekend covering topics to make you a better creative and a better entrepreneur.

Workshops sold separately. Seats limited.

Cleveland Studio Tour

30-seats are available as we tour some of the coolest creative studios in town with Lolly the Trolly. Only 30 seats made available.

Single Day Passes

Can't make the whole event? You can also buy just for the days you'll be with us in Cleveland.


Get early access to the vendor village, Corel's Painter Brush Battle, Go Media Podcast live, and a day's worth of workshops.


Get full access to Saturday's talks, workshops, live podcasts, as well as the official WMC After Party put on by JakPrints.


Get full access to Sunday's talks, workshops, live podcasts, as well as the RealThread's live T-Shirt Printing session.

WMC7 Sponsors & Backers

WMC relies on it's community to make this event happen.

If you can pitch in on any of that, please don't hesitate. Reach out to us now and get involved. Here's the WMC7 Sponsorship Deck (pdf).

Presenting Sponsor

Find Go Media in the State Theatre Lobby all weekend and give them a big ol' hug.

WMC Super Friend

Always supporting us. Always providing this community with an excellent mail campaign manager. These guys rock!

Cleveland Studio Tour

This year's studio tour has been brought to us by The City of Cleveland's Department of Economic Development. Take part in the Cleveland Studio Tour and see why it's great to be in Cleveland now more than ever.

Vendor Village Sponsor

This year's Vendor Village has been brought to you by our friends at Dropbox. Definitely find them at their table and don't forget to sign up for their workshop on Friday!

Live Printing Experience

Get a t-shirt printed live on Sunday from the State Theatre Lobby. Also make sure to catch their workshop on Friday!

Official After Party

Join us Saturday night for some bowling, karaoke, and hangout with the rest of the WMC Community.

Ink Wars @ WMC7

This year's Ink Wars is taking place from the Ohio Theatre Lobby Friday night. Blick is providing all of the supplies.

#RespectTheCraft Sponsors

Cleveland Creatives Sponsors

In-Kind and Web-Only Supporters

Busy Beaver Button Co. has been creating high quality custom buttons since 1995! Every button is manufactured in Chicago with high quality recycled steel in our solar powered factory.

#ALLINCLE Backers and Special Thanks to:

Adam Reifsnyder & Corina Chang

Visit these artists to check out what they're working on in the Dropbox Vendor Village.

Want to become a vendor? Scroll up and fill out the vendor form. Or, reach out to Heather and Bryan via email.

Need your phone charged up? Find a JakPrints charging station throughout venue.


"We Are Weapons" is a new podcast series that puts the spotlight on you.

Every week, we sit down to talk with a member of the WMC community. Whether it's a content contributor, a sponsor, or an attendee, we get an idea about why they support this event. Plus, if they're contributing in some way, we get a teaser of what we can expect come August.

Full Archive

Want to share your story? Schedule an interview.

Thank You!

We're excited for another year of inspiration, motivation and community! With a new team in place, you can expect a combination of innovation and a dedication to our original mission — that is, a celebration of a collective passion for art, design and entrepreneurship. Be a part of a movement in the making. We hope to see you there.

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Heather Sakai

Chief Inspiration Officer

bryan garvin
Bryan Garvin

Level 4 Dwarven Fighter

Aaron Sechrist

WMC7 Emcee

Lauren Hudac

Happy Relations Director

Carlos Basabe

Digital Arts Curator

Olivia Arnette

Public Relations

Simone Dugay

Sultan Of Speakers

Alita Petras

Social Media Manager

Simon Birky Hartmann

French Culturist

Shaylei Willadsen
Shaylei Willadsen

Volunteer Coordinator