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Maker FAQs

Welcome to our 2021 Maker FAQs page. Below you will find answers to many of your Maker Faire Lafayette questions. If you don’t find the answer to your question in the paragraphs below, please shoot us an email. We will get back to you shortly.

Looking for information on a particular aspect of this year’s Faire? Click one of links below to jump down to a specific section.
 
General Questions

Maker Videos

Take-and-Makes

Tours and Workshops

ArtWalk Saturday

 

General Questions


How do I contact you?

The easiest and quickest way to get in touch with a member of our team is via email. You can email us at makerfairelafayette{at}gmail.com (don’t forget to replace the {at} with the @ symbol). Alternatively, you can call Lafayette Public Library’s Main Library at (337) 261-5787 to leave a message.

Is there an Orientation for Makers? 

Yes. Maker Orientation will be Monday, March 29th, at 6PM CT. Attendance is suggested but not required. We will be hosting a brief Zoom meeting to run through some details and answer your questions. Please email our Team if you have not received a link to the meeting.

What is the schedule of events?

You can view our work-in-progress schedule of events here (basic Google Calendar embedded on our site). Once the full schedule has been finalized, it will be emailed to all Makers.

Where do attendees sign up?

Attendees can register online here: http://bit.ly/MakerFaireLafayette2021. Sign-ups help us know how many people to expect at each event. They also allow us to send event reminders directly to attendees throughout the week.

Is it too late to get involved?

We are in the process of finalizing logistical details for this event and are unable to accept further Makers except in extreme circumstances. Makers that have not yet applied are encouraged to keep an eye out for announcements regarding next year’s Maker Faire Lafayette. We are also still looking for volunteers, especially for our Saturday ArtWalk event. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to sign up here: https://lafayette.makerfaire.com/volunteer/.

What else can I do to help?

You can help us most by getting the word out about the event. Maker Faire Lafayette, Lafayette Public Library, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, and AOC Community Media will be doing everything we can to promote the event but we’ll need your help. If you are on social media, please follow our accounts. Like and share event posts and consider posting your own. You can use #makerfairelafayette!

 

Maker Videos


How long should my video be?

Your Maker Faire Lafayette video content should be as long as necessary for you to get your message out. Some videos will need to be shorter by necessity, clocking in at 2-4 minutes, while others may need to be longer at 8-12 minutes. Most attention spans tend to be shorter for video content, so it is recommended that all videos be shorter than 15 minutes in length.

Should I film a particular way?

If you are using a phone or tablet to shoot your footage, please try to film in landscape mode (horizontal alignment) instead of in portrait mode (vertical alignment).

When do you need my video and how can I get it to you?

If you have signed up to create or film a video, please get any files to us by Wednesday, March 31st, if you haven’t already. Let us know if you require additional time so we can communicate this to AOC Community Media. Here are three ways to get your file(s) to us:

  • Upload your work online (YouTube, DropBox, Google Drive, etc.) and email us a link.
  • Upload your work to our shared Google Drive folder (please email us to receive a link to the folder).
  • Save your work to a flash drive and drop it off in person at Lafayette Public Library’s Main or Regional Libraries. Please let us know in advance if you choose this option. We will return the drive to you later.

Will my video be edited or changed after I have shared it?

Possibly. All videos will be shared with our partner AOC Community Media. It is possible that they may edit or make changes to your video to make it fit their needs. Remember, the videos will be shared online as well as on their local access channel(s). If extensive edits or changes are necessary, you will be notified in advance.

When will my content be shown? Where can I watch it?

AOC Community Media is currently hard at work implementing our video plan. All videos will be shared to the AOC Community Media YouTube channel. Local Makers can view AOC 1 on COX channel 15 and LUS channel 3, and AOC 2 on COX channel 16 and LUS channel 4. Out of town Makers can view the AOC online livestream at http://www.aocinc.org/watch. Additional details including a schedule of when videos will be shared as they become available soon.

 

Take-and-Makes


When and where are Take-and-Makes to be handed out?

Each Maker or Community Partner providing take-and-make activities for Maker Faire participants are able to decide when and where they would like to distribute their bags. Arrangements should have been made in advance with the Maker Faire Lafayette Team so that the give-aways can be marketed to attendees properly. If you need to change your distribution plans, please send us an email.

How many Take-and-Makes am I responsible for?

Makers and Community Partners can decide for themselves how many Take-and-Makes they would like to distribute. This is the first year these are a part of our event, so demand is currently unknown.

All Take-and-Makes have been given out, but people are still showing up. Now what?

Please send us an email once you have given out the last of your available Take-and-Makes. We will get the word out via our social media channels that your supply has been claimed. If attendees continue to arrive, please inform them that there are other take-and-makes being distributed around town throughout the week and that they are welcome to visit the other locations.

 

Tours and Workshops


When and where can I hold a tour or workshop?

Arrangements should have been made in advance with the Maker Faire Lafayette Team so that the tours and workshops can be marketed to attendees properly. If you need to change any of your event plans, please send us an email so that we can work on any updates.

Is there a limit to the number of attendees I can have? Do attendees have to wear masks?

Maker Faire Lafayette and any associated events must comply with all existing health and safety rules and regulations including, but not limited to, maximum audience numbers for indoor events and mask mandates. Maker Faire Lafayette organizers are continuing to monitor the coronavirus situation and are ready to adjust plans if necessary. If you have any questions about this, please send us an email so that we can discuss your situation.

 

ArtWalk Saturday


When and where is ArtWalk taking place?

Maker Faire Lafayette’s partnership event with Downtown Lafayette Unlimited will take place on Saturday, April 10th, from 5:00-8:00PM. This April ArtWalk will be held in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana. ArtWalk Makers will be set up on the sidewalks along Jefferson Street in front of local businesses. Jefferson Street will not be closed to vehicle traffic.

When and where should I check in?

ArtWalk Maker check-in will run from 3:30-4:30PM on the 10th, outside of Acadiana Center for the Arts at 101 West Vermilion Street in downtown Lafayette. There will be a Maker Faire Lafayette check-in station where you can pick up your table cover, sign, map, and other information. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to show you to your booth space, but setup assistance will be minimal. Please plan to bring additional help with you if needed. Please note that all Makers are expected to be onsite, checked-in, and setting by 4:30PM in preparation for the 5:00PM start time.

What do I need to bring? 

ArtWalk Makers will be given a red table cover, a Maker booth sign, and a map of Maker Faire Lafayette’s ArtWalk booths. Makers should bring all other necessary equipment and supplies. This includes tables and chairs if possible, due to a limited supply available to the Production Team this year. Electrical access and WiFi access will also be extremely limited due to the event being 100% outside and are not guaranteed, so Makers should consider making their own arrangements for these. All ArtWalk makers are asked to fill out the following form to let us know their needs in these areas: https://forms.gle/tkxDGPksRP7dajcA8. Makers needing special lighting (battery-powered only) or a tent should make arrangements for these items themselves.

Do I really need to bring my own tables and chairs?

Yes, if you can bring your own tables and chairs please do.

Can I decorate my booth?

Yes! We will provide you with a red table cover and a Maker Faire sign, but you are welcome to use your creativity for all other decor.

Will someone be there to help me set up and break down my booth?

Setup and break-down assistance will be minimal at this year’s event. Makers should plan to set up and clean up their booth spaces on their own or to bring someone with them that can help. Makers with special circumstances should contact us in advance.

Where will my booth be?

The Maker Faire Lafayette Team is working hard to complete our booth layout. Once the layout is complete, a map will be emailed to all Makers and added to our website. You are encouraged to share your booth location with your friends, family, and followers in advance of the event.

What if I want my booth to be in a certain location?

We cannot guarantee special placement of any booths at this time. Makers preferring to be located near or outside specific downtown businesses are invited to make arrangements with those businesses directly. Please inform our team of these intentions as soon as possible so they can be included in our map and marketing in a timely manner.

How can I contact you if I have questions on the day of the event?

ArtWalk Makers can reach our Team via email at any time on the day of the event. You can also call the Lafayette Public Library’s Main Library reference department at (337) 261-5787 with questions and concerns until 5PM. We will also be set up outside of Acadiana Center for the Arts (101 West Vermilion Street) starting at 3:30PM. Maker Faire Lafayette Team members and volunteers will also be walking throughout the event area before, during, and after the event.

Where can we park?

Makers and attendees are encouraged to use free and metered (free on weekends) parking spaces on or close to Jefferson Street. Lafayette Public Library’s Main Library parking lot will also be unlocked and available at 301 West Congress Street. You may also utilize the nearby Parc Auto Du Centre-Ville parking garage at 121 E. Vermilion Street, but this option may not be free. Please note that the downtown Buchanan Street Parking Garage has been closed indefinitely.

Bike riders can use the green rails on Jefferson Street and additional rails on Polk Street behind the Museum to secure their bikes. The Maker Faire Team will not be able to provide bike locks, so please plan to bring your own.

Individuals using public transit can utilize the Lafayette Transit System, which typically runs from 5:45 AM to 6:30 PM on Saturdays. The Rosa Parks Transportation Center (city bus station) at 101 Jefferson Street is just a short walk from where our Makers will be. There are also a number of other bus stops in the area. See http://www.ridelts.com/ for more information.

What if it rains or there is other inclement weather?

In the event of rain or inclement weather that would create an unsafe environment for our Makers or attendees, the Maker Faire portion of ArtWalk will be cancelled. The Maker Faire Lafayette Production Team will be monitoring weather forecasts in the lead up to the event. The decision on whether to cancel would be decided by 10:00AM on Saturday, April 10th, and Makers would be notified via email at that time.

Will there be food or snacks provided to Makers like in past years?

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Maker Faire Lafayette and its partners will not be able to provide food or snacks to Makers for safety reasons. We will supply bottled water to all Makers. Downtown restaurants and businesses will be open for making purchases.

Can I sell items at this event?

Yes, Makers are allowed to sell items as part of Maker Faire Lafayette. However, Makers are responsible for 100% of the sales process. Makers are expected to have everything needed on hand. Please note that WiFi access is not guaranteed at most booth spaces, so you will need a plan for internet access if you intend to accept forms of electronic payment.

What if I need to take a break or step away from my booth?

Makers who anticipate needing to leave their booth during the three hour ArtWalk event are encouraged to bring someone with them, so that their booth is not unmanned at any time. Solo Makers may request that a Maker Faire Lafayette Team member or volunteer take their place for no more than a few minutes at a time. Note that Team members and volunteers will not engage in any demonstration or sale process at your booth. Maker Faire Lafayette is also not liable or responsible for any booth left unattended.

What about safety and emergencies?

The Maker Faire Production Team will maintain roaming perimeter security on Saturday, but this is not a substitute for good safety practices. If an item is valuable, take it with you! In the event of a medical or other emergency, please call 911 for assistance. Notify Maker Faire Production Team members or volunteers at the next available opportunity. Incidents should also be reported to the Maker Faire check-in booth.

Is there anything else I should know?

The Maker Faire Lafayette Team requests that Makers not use tobacco products or partake in alcoholic beverages while at their booth. We also recommend that you leave all non-service animals and pets at home for the safety and well-being of our four-legged friends.