Makewell was founded around the need for a local, creative community. After moving back home in 2015, founder Ashton Hauff noticed how the many talented creatives in her community felt isolated with similar questions and obstacles as herself. Her personal experiences and conversations with other creatives, sparked the first 'aha' moment, "Why aren't we doing this together?" In late 2016, Ashton found a team of individuals passionate about the same idea of community and together created Makewell.
Since then, Makewell has hosted several unique, sold-out events and has made it our mission to develop one-of-a-kind events and opportunities for the makers across the region to connect, learn and be inspired from one another.
We Believe In...
Community > Competition
At the very core of Makewell, we believe we’re better together. We learn, inspire, and challenge one another. And when one of us succeeds, we all succeed together as a regional creative hub. We are your tribe.
Diversity of Craft
No matter your craft or industry, we dedicate ourselves to coming alongside the makers, creators, and contributors of our community. We’re so grateful for your gift you’ve chosen to share with all of us.
We understand the making process can be very personal and therefore we commit ourselves to being open and honest in both seeking out and providing advice, support, and encouragement throughout the entire making process.
We create word-class experiences for makers, by hiring world-class makers at their full value. We support the local maker community both emotionally and financially to see their craft and businesses thrive where they call home.
In every experience we host, we strive to create surprising moments of joy for our attendees. We aim to reach above all expectations, so that every maker leaves feeling both noticed and valued.
Bank of North Dakota,
1 Million Cups Fargo,
1 Million Cups Bismarck,
The Squarehead Kids,
meet the team
Founder & Director
If you're interested in getting involved, partnering together, or have an idea to grow the Makewell community, please say hello: