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Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Sponsors GA Premier Of ‘If You Build It’


Special Guest Dale Dougherty, Editor And Publisher Of MAKE Magazine, To Speak At Premiere With Filmmakers And Producers

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is excited to join the Maker Movement as a sponsor of the 2013 Atlanta Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free, family-friendly day highlights Atlanta’s “Makers,” who range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers.

The Blank Foundation will host Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE Magazine and general manager of Maker Media. The Atlanta Mini Maker Faire is excited to have Dougherty join them for the first time in their history as the festival continues to grow to one of the largest in the Southeast U.S.

As part of the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire, the foundation is sponsoring the Georgia premiere of a documentary film, IF YOU BUILD IT: A Year In The Life of One of America’s Most Innovative Classrooms. Directed by Patrick Craedon, the film follows 13 students, led by instructors and designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, as they work to address issues facing the community of rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina. Pilloton and Miller lead local high school students through a year-long full-scale design and build project. The film offers an entertaining and emotionally compelling look at the difference “design thinking” can make in education systems across the country. It will bring together a national community to advocate for incorporating design thinking into the classroom.

The film will make its Georgia premiere on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire. Following the film, the Blank Foundation will host a discussion about the Maker Movement and Maker education with Emily Pilloton and founder of MAKE Magazine, Dale Dougherty, moderated by Producer Christine O’Malley.

 Tickets for the premiere are available at

For more information about the film screening, contact event producer Kimberly Varney at

 About the 2013 Atlanta Mini Maker Faire

The 2013 Atlanta Mini Maker Faire, to be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, is a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement, a revival of Do-It-Yourself culture. The aim of AMMF is to entertain, inform, connect and grow the Atlanta community by bringing together hobbyists, engineers and amateur enthusiasts of all backgrounds. This year’s Faire will host more than 125 Makers who will share their inventions, creations and ideas in a hands-on learning environment. Atlanta Mini Maker Faire will feature speakers, workshops and exhibits on topics such as robotics, green tech, electric vehicles, vintage computing, textile arts, robot battles, home fabrication and much more.

 The Atlanta Mini Maker Faire will be held at the Tech Green at Clough Commons on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. The event is made possible by MAKE Media ( and non-profit partners and producers The Foundery ( For more information about the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire and to get your free ticket of admission, visit the event website at or contact

 About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA, and in 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to more than 500 makers and 55,000 attendees. Community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the U.S. and the world – including right here in Atlanta. For more information about Maker Faire, visit

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Blank Family Foundation has been a long-time investor in science education, the arts and programs that help kids find creative pathways into college and career opportunities. The foundation believes the Maker Movement can be a game-changer for many young people, opening up alternative ways to engage in science, technology, art and mathematics. Most of all, the Maker Movement is compelling because kids are leading the way. Something magical happens when young people get a chance to make things with their own hands, and makerspaces in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast U.S. are expanding to meet this demand. For more information about The Blank Foundation, visit


From Patrick Creadon, the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. Presented by Long Shot Factory and produced by Christine O’Malley and Neal Baer, the film debuted January 10, 2013, at IFC Center in New York City. For more information, visit