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High- & Low-Tech Tinkering At Makevention; Bean Blossom Blues

A discussion with five community members participating in Makevention, Bloomington's first maker fair; and a visit to the 47th Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival.

Makevention takes place at the Bloomington Convention Center Saturday, August 24 from 10 to 5.

What connects an artist who’s printing 3-D models of molecules, a fashionista who designs with discarded materials, and a tinkerer who can fabricate a custom-made part for a household appliance? Later this month, Bloomington’s first maker fair–Makevention–will connect the dots between high- and low-tech crafting. In a conversation with five community members participating in the showcase, we discover that the concepts of resourcefulness, sustainability, and connection–to objects, tools, and people–are even more central to the Maker Movement than are high-tech gadgets.

Guests include Jenett Tillotson and Nathan Heald of BloomingLabs, Nicole Jacquard from the IU Hope School of Fine Arts and the IU Makes series, Sophia Bender of the School of Education, and Jeanne Leimkuhler of Discardia. Makevention takes place Saturday, August 24, 2o13 at the Bloomington Convention Center.

Also on the program, we visit a legendary music event that takes place right around the corner. Bean Blossom is world renowned as the Mecca of Bluegrass for the festival Bill Monroe started in 1951. Chris Mosson from American Student Radio–operating out of the IU School of Journalism–shares impressions from this summer’s 47th Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival.

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