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Theme: We Are Creators

This event occurred on
March 9, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm MST
(UTC -7hrs)
Grand Junction, Colorado
United States

We all have something valuable and important to contribute to the world around us. Whether we think we are creative or not, we make/create things all the time that impact the world. Our community is built by makers and creators. Our culture thrives on creativity and creativity solves problems. We're tackling the challenges that face our community and the world.

Avalon Theatre
645 Main Street
Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501
United States
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Organizing team

M Nyassa

Grand Junction, CO, United States


Grand Junction, CO, United States
  • Brian Watson
  • Bryan Wachs
  • Saruul Jamiyansharav