Founded in 2013 by Lex Non Scripa and Jen Lorang, Magic Makers was born out of a desire to create a marketplace for Bay Area queer artists to have an opportunity to sell their work to their community, gain exposure, and get the chance to support other queer artists. Magic Makers has always centered radically political, queer and trans people of color, and working class artists, with an emphasis on creating an affordable and accessible venue for artists/crafters/healers to share their magic, creativity, and talent with Oakland and beyond. Each year, the fair is collectively organized by volunteers, growing from 3 organizers in 2013 to 11 in 2016.
In 2013, Magic Makers took place at the Temescal Art Center with 20 vendors and 4 healers.
For 2014 and 2015, MM expanded to The Humanist Hall, 40 vendors, a dedicated healing space that supported the work a dozen healers, fresh meals prepared by two nourishing food projects, and DJs all day long.
To accommodate the wild success and the thousands of shoppers, in 2016 Magic Makers will return to The Humanist Hall for a full weekend.
Between 2013-15, Magic Makers donated over $10,000 to support some of our favorite groups working for the liberation and livelihood of Queer and Trans people, including Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, the Blackout Collective, and the TGI Justice Project.
Visit the Magic Makers website for more info.