The 2015 iMAGINE Upstate Festival drew more than 14,000 attendees in its inaugural year, according to results released by the organization.
“When we set out to plan the festival we wanted to create an experience that would impact a broad range of ages and interests,” said Ryan Heafy, executive director of iMAGINE Upstate. “In order for this program to make a lasting impact, we knew that we needed to showcase a variety of organizations on Main Street combined with a series of live shows throughout the day.”
The festival was created to inspire Upstate students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“Beyond the festival, we want iMAGINE Upstate to help foster student conversations around their futures,” said Sarah Arbogast, director of marketing and events. “An ongoing goal for iMAGINE Upstate programming is to help facilitate peer-to-peer sharing and learning.”