918Makers Market in Whittier Square
More than 50 local artists and makers come together on June 22 to create family-friendly fun.
Darcy Rose Embroidery is one of the 50+ vendors who will be at 918Makers Market.
Shopping, hands-on experiences and local food will turn the historic Kendall Whittier Square into a bustling Tulsa market on June 22. The 918Makers, comprised of Tulsa-area artists and creatives, bring their unique crafts and businesses to the table for an interactive local experience at 5 S. Lewis Ave. Fine arts, crafts, sculpture, woodworking, photography, soaps, apparel, jewelry and pottery are only a portion of the artworks featured.
918Makers was formed by Sarah Bowen and Jason Eller in March 2018 with the goal to create a place to “share resources and opportunities, and build some meaningful connections between makers of various mediums.” With the group’s first event, the 918Makers Market gives members a chance to showcase their work to the community in a supportive environment. “We want our sense of community and collaboration to shine through to the public, and encourage them to get involved however they can,” explains Bowen.
From 10 a.m.-8 p.m., the schedule is filled with events like scavenger hunts, demonstrations and live music performances. Calaveras Mexican Grill’s food truck will be serving up street tacos during the festivities. A photo booth inside an upgraded 1968 Volkswagen Bus, known as the Betty Blue Bus, will be there to help shoppers commemorate the event. Exploring the surrounding neighborhood of Kendall Whittier Square is strongly encouraged, where coffee, pastries and an assortment of locally-owned shops can be discovered.
From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., local nonprofit maker spaces such as ahha Tulsa, Fab Lab Tulsa and the Tulsa Library Maker Space will be helping kids and adults get their creative juices flowing by sharing resources on how to become makers. Get a taste of what makes Tulsa’s artistic community tick by perusing the vendors and interacting with makers and shoppers alike.
The earlier, the better! The first eight people to spend over $100 receive swag bags containing handmade items donated by the makers and coupons to businesses in the neighborhood.