You’re Invited: Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2011

Weapons of Mass Creation Fest - Cleveland, OH

I’ve set the date and venue for Weapons of Mass Creation Fest 2011 and all of you are invited! It’s June 11-12, 2011 in Cleveland, OH. WMC Fest is a grassroots event to inspire and enable the creative mind. It’s the gathering of the entire GoMediaZine community taking place in Cleveland, Ohio! The event is something I’ve been nursing for about 2 years now and it’s time to get you all involved. This year it’s going to be amazing. We’re having 20 speakers, 20 designers, and 20 bands across 3 venues in the Gordon Square Arts District.

Overview: What’s WMC Fest?

It’s a fest for those who live to create! A weekend community event taking place in the Gordon Square Arts District on Cleveland’s west side. It was founded by Jeff Finley of the creative agency Go Media. Only in its second year, it’s already generating lots of buzz within the creative community. Come to WMC Fest to network, collaborate, get inspired, learn new tricks, and level up! Did I mention it’s a fest? That means fun!

Event Information

When: June 11-12 (pre-fest party June 10)
Where: Cleveland, OH @ Gordon Square Arts District
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Admission: $5-$10/day

Reinberger Auditorium
5209 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
NOON-8pm, $10/day
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Art/Design Show:
Wall Eye Gallery
5304 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
NOON-11pm, FREE Admission

Happy Dog
5801 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
NOON-11pm, $5/day

Twitter: @wmcfest

The Goal of WMC Fest

Weapons of Mass Creation is a young grassroots movement to inspire and enable the creative mind. We believe that good things happen when ideas and talents are shared within the community. This mentality manifests itself in the lifestyle of a Weapon of Mass Creation. A person who defies the hand they’re dealt and makes stuff happen.

Once a year, we have WMC Fest. The annual gathering of this community right here in Cleveland, OH. We celebrate and showcase the creative visionaries who embody this lifestyle. We bring the movement to the masses.

Some have compared WMC Fest to SXSW or the 99% Conference but with an indie/diy flavor. We aren’t exactly trying to be like them, but the comparison is flattering nonetheless. It’s part conference, part concert, part art show, and part festival. It’s simply WMC Fest!

$1/Ticket Benefits A.R.M.

For every ticket sold, $1 will go to benefit Anonymous Relief Mission, a non-profit organization that helps people move into a home from off the street. They supply furniture, supplies, and labor to help do the moving.

Funding & Sponsorship

Instead of charging hundreds of dollars like most big conferences, we’re charging $10 or less. We want to make WMC Fest accessible to everyone, not just those with big budgets. To keep WMC Fest a low-cost event, we rely on sponsors to help us out. We look for sponsors that support creativity, art, entrepreneurship, hard work, honesty, trust, and integrity. Last year’s sponsors were Fuze, Monster Energy, Cleveland Public Theater, Jakprints, Erie Island Coffee, Hot Cards, Ohio Authority, Purebuttons, CLE Clothing Company, Imagekind, and others. We will also be using Kickstarter again to allow for fans to chip in and support the event.

20 Speakers

Attendees will enjoy 10 inspiring talks per day on the subjects of graphic design, art, entrepreneurship, leadership, productivity, creativity, and more. Creative leaders both local and national will present at the Reinberger Auditorium. Tell us who you want to see speak!

20 Bands

The Happy Dog will host 10 local and national bands per day. Free admission before 8pm with a recommended donation of $5. There will be a $5 cover charge after 8pm. Musically, expect a diverse and creative sound with and proudly independent spirit.

20 Artists/Designers

The event will also include a jaw-dropping art and design show highlighting both local and regional talent. Curated by Go Media and the Wall Eye Gallery, expect to see some amazing work. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, send me an email.

Stay Tuned for More!

This is early, the event’s not until June. But stay tuned for more updates and news. In fact, we’ve got a survey going to help decide who you all want to see speak at WMC 2011. Also, you can sign up on the WMC Forum and join the fun.

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design, branding, and design studio. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. I'm also writing a new book called Wake Up: The Morning Routine That Will Change Your Life

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