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Are you a maker? Do you build, create, craft, write, cook? We would love to hear from you! Apply to become our next Maker-in-Residence!

Meet Erin Borzellino, our Maker-in-Residence for autumn 2020!

We are delighted to introduce Erin Borzellino, our Maker-in-Residence for autumn 2020! 

Erin is an award-winning commercial lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Harrison, NY. Peerspace named her one of the 11 best photographers in New York City in 2019. Her skills in distilling everyday moments in motion and life stand out among the best of NYC family photographers.

She attempts to capture pure authenticity in her work and aims to keep things feeling real, not contrived. Much of her efforts are focused on capturing moments of childhood. However she also photographs adults, especially entrepreneurs and women of courage and strength. You can see her work at or on Instagram @erinborzellino.

When she’s not happily photographing, she’s busy being the chef, chauffeur and sports fan for her three kids. Outside of her photography life, she is the co-founder of The Giorgio Foundation, a non-profit committed to research into Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) which impacts her son, Giorgio.

As our Maker-in-Residence, Erin will lead six workshops with each outdoor shooting followed by an online discussion session. She will talk about fundamental rules in photography and composition and teach how to capture moments in everyday life. Tips on apps you can use to edit your photos on your mobile devices and the best way to share them will be discussed as well. 

All adults and teens ages 13 and up may sign up. Space is very limited for the outdoor programs as social distance and face masks are required for group gatherings. 

The workshops are:

Monday Oct. 19 – 11 am – Floral Photography – Outdoor

Mondays Oct. 26 – 11 am – Floral Photography Discussion via Zoom;

Monday Nov. 9th -11 am – Scavenger hunt -Outdoor

Monday Nov. 10th – 11 am – Scavenger Hunt Discussion via Zoom;

Monday Jan. 25th 2021 -11 am – Mobile photography – Outdoor

Monday Feb. 1st. 2021 – 11 am – Mobile Photography Discussion via Zoom.

Become Our Next Maker-in-Residence

The Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence will work out of the Library for three months (no more than 4 hours per month), working on a project of their choosing. As part of your residency, you will share your skills with the public. We’ll cover the costs of workshop supplies and pay you a stipend of $500 for your time working and teaching. You get unrestricted access to our equipment, an opportunity to learn new skills, public exposure for your work, and a chance to share your talents with your community and all the warm fuzzy feelings that entails. We’re looking for all kinds of making, whether digital or physical. Come and show us how you do it.

Makers selected must be 18 or older, may be subjected to a comprehensive criminal background check, and must have professional references. Applications are accepted and makers are selected on a rolling basis, with appointments made as residencies end.


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Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence Program Agreement

This is not an offer of employment, and as a “Maker-In-Residence” you will be considered an independent contractor. The maker-in-residence is a contracted position for three months.

The maker-in-residence will receive a one-time payment of $500. The library will provide funding for supplies for public programs.

The maker-in-residence will have up to four hours time per month onsite in the library. The maker-in-residence will be encouraged to work with all of the three groups who use the lab: teens, adults, and families (i.e., all ages).

A portion of our space will be designated for the project being worked on by the artist/maker on display.

All workshops will be made available to the general public, with HPL responsible for participant signup.

These workshops must present attendees with an activity-based, hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill.

The maker-in-residence will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies for workshops. HPL will reimburse, when agreement is reached, the maker-in-residence for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of HPL.

Any resulting artwork or product created by the maker-in-residence may be exhibited for a period of one month.

Maker-in-residence is responsible for any travel costs related to maker-in-residence activities.

I agree to the terms of the Harrison Public Library Maker-in-Residence Program as stated above if accepted as a Maker-in-Residence.

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