Made in the Middle Creative Conference is a two day event devoted to design and creativity with inspiring talks, workshops, vendors, music and plenty of that Kansas City charm.


Full speaker and workshop line-up to be announced in May. Limited discounted early bird tickets available with promo code!

Check out our Instagram for discount promo codes.


September 14


This year we have devoted an entire day to creative workshops. We will offer 10+ workshops ranging from creative thinking, illustration, animation, packaging and so much more. Workshops will be hosted at The Kansas City Art Institute (unless otherwise noted). Tickets to each workshop will be very limited and release in May.

Opening Party + Registration

Join us Friday evening for food, drinks and jams as we kick off the Made in the Middle Creative Conference with an amazing opening party. Live music from DJ Jon Marzette will get us all in the mood. Party location to be announced in May.

September 15

Registration + Coffee

Registration will begin at 8:00am with coffee and pastries being served in the Bloch Lobby of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Be sure to arrive early to enjoy—no food or drink will be allowed in the auditorium.

Speakers at Nelson-Atkins

We will have 6 amazing speakers starting at 9:00am on Saturday, September 15 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Lunch and parking at the museum will also be provided with the purchase of your ticket. Full speaker line-up will be announced in May.


Register for the Conference + Workshops


Photograph by Colin Burke

On Saturday, The Made in the Middle Creative Conference will be located at the beautiful and historic Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Nelson-Atkins Bloch Building. Photograph by Roland Halbe.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum

is committed to nurturing excellence, inspiring creativity, and building community through the power of art. We encourage Made in the Middle guests to take breaks throughout the day and enjoy the award-winning campus and world-renowned permanent collection. Made in the Middle is honored to call the crown jewel of the midwest our home again in 2018 for all lectures Saturday, September 15th.

4525 Oak St
Kansas City, MO 64111
Photograph by Tal Wilson

On Friday, The Made in the Middle Creative Conference workshops will be located at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Photograph by Tal Wilson

Kansas City Art Institute

is a world renowned, 130 year-old institution that celebrates creativity and innovation. Many notable students attended class at the Kansas City Art Institute. Walt Disney took Saturday classes here as a child; painter, Thomas Hart Benton taught at KCAI and multimedia artist, Robert Rauschenberg studied fashion design at this fine institution. It will be an honor to call KCAI home for majority of our workshops Friday, September 14th.

4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111



AC Hotel

This sophisticated hotel is 1.1 miles from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. When booking a room, please mention our conference name as we have blocked many rooms with a discounted rate.

Intercontinental Hotel

This high-end hotel is located on the historic Country Club Plaza shopping district—1 mile from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Holiday Inn

Located 3 blocks from the historic Country Club Plaza, this hotel is only .2 miles The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A great location with flexible rates and availability.


Joe’s KC

Arguably, KC’s best BBQ. Get the Z-Man, ribs, fries and pulled pork.

3002 W 47th St.
Kansas City, KS 66103

Port Fonda

Not your everyday Mexican food. You must try the Chimichanga.

4141 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111

Boulevard Brewing Co.

This is Kansas City’s beer. Visit their Tours & Recreation building and Beer Hall that has daily test beers on tap.

2501 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Stockyards Brewing

A relatively new brewery in the historic West Bottoms.

1600 Genessee St.
Kansas City, MO 64102

Jack Stack Barbecue

More Barbecue. Beautiful building & great food. Don’t sleep on the wings.

101 West 22nd St. Freight House
Kansas City, MO 64108
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