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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 Connie Manna, our Maker-in-Residence for summer 2020!

We are delighted to introduce Connie Manna, our Maker-in-Residence for summer 2020.

Ms. Manna is an illustrator and teaching artist, born and raised in NY. Having earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, she has had several solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions in NY, NJ, CT and Washington, DC.

Ms. Manna is no stranger to Harrison patrons. Her latest series of paintings “Growing up Bronx” was exhibited in Harrison Library Community Room in June 2018. The series highlights places from her child/young adulthood.

A fine art teacher, Ms. Manna created a curriculum she calls “Paint a Masterpiece a Day” for students of all ages and abilities, which she offers in many places including at both Harrison and West Harrison libraries. Her programs at both libraries have been very popular and well attended. Our patrons truly enjoyed her classes.  

As our Maker-in-Residence, Ms. Manna will lead five workshops and share her artistic expertise with our patrons.  

Whether you are an avid painter or a beginner, you will learn more knowledge and improve your techniques while having a great time creating your own masterpiece at Ms. Manna’s workshops! Space is limited. Please sign up.

The workshops are:

  1. Lady-In-Gold – Tuesday 7/21 at 3:30 pm, for all people ages 5 and up;
  2. Georgia O’Keeffe’s Cactus – Tuesday 7/28 at 3:30 pm, for all people ages 5 and up;
  3. Painting 101 – Tuesday 8/11 at 3:30 pm, for all people ages 8 and up;
  4. Painting 102 – Tuesday 8/18 at 3:30 pm, for all people ages 8 and up;
  5. Paint like Georgia O’Keeffe: a paint & wine night – Wednesday 9/23 at 6:30 pm, for ages 21 and up.

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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