You may have noticed that Crafty Mart is growing by leaps and bounds. One of the growth opportunities we're most excited about is extending our efforts to help nurture and develop our local maker community. That's what the MAKER SESSIONS are all about. With the assistance of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, we have put together a series of five classes designed specifically for artists and makers to address some of your business needs. Want to know how to better turn your efforts into a sustainable income? This is for you.


The fifth Maker Session is Wednesday, September 21st, 6-9pm at The Bit Factory (526 S Main St, Akron, OH 44311 Suite 511 -- within the Akron Global Business Accelerator). The fifth session is about using social media as a business tool. Our guest speaker will be Jeremy Lewis. Here's a little more about our speaker:

Jeremy Lewis is a passionate arts administrator and artist, he finds great value in cultivating and serving his community through the interaction of the arts marketing and social media engagement. Jeremy earned his B.A. in communication arts from Malone University in 2007. He completed his master’s course work in arts administration at The University of Akron while working two years for the university’s School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration as Manager of Media & Community Engagement (Graduate Assistant). During his tenure, Jeremy launched a strategic plan for social media and website presence which grew the School’s online brand engagement by nearly 200%. In preparation to launch his thesis, Jeremy has conducted extensive research on social media engagement between arts organizations and audiences, with an emphasis on branding through the voice of individual artists.    

Currently, Jeremy works for Great Lakes Theater (a resident company of Playhouse Square) in the marketing department as Audience Engagement Coordinator. In this position, Jeremy oversees brand and novelty merchandise purchasing for online and gift shop sales, and works toward growing audience engagement through strategic promotions and programming – both online and in-person – for business, education and community members.


Whether your ambition is towards a hobby that pays for itself, a professional operation that is your livelihood--or something in between--these Maker Sessions will give you practical and usable tools to help you protect, produce, and thrive. Learning while you enjoy a libation, some local culinary delights, and of course great company – what could be better? And, make sure to bring your questions.


Tickets to the Maker Sessions are $20 each. Click HERE to purchase your ticket for Session #5 from Eventbrite.


The Bit Factory--on the 5th floor of the Akron Global Business Accelerator at Canal Place. The awning over the entrance is now blue.

The Bit Factory--on the 5th floor of the Akron Global Business Accelerator at Canal Place. The awning over the entrance is now blue.

What do you get for your money and attendance? There will be a knowledgeable presentation followed by a Q&A discussion, catered food, a cash bar featuring Thirsty Dog beer, and networking opportunities with fellow artists and makers.

Have a question before you purchase your tickets? Please email Crafty Mart's Director of Education Marissa McClellan at