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Maker-in-Residence

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 Richela Fabian Morgan, our Maker-In-Residence for spring 2020!

We are delighted to introduce Richela Fabian Morgan, our Maker-In-Residence for spring 2020.

MS Morgan is a mixed media artist and fine crafter specializing in tape, paper, and found materials. She is a 2019 Sing For Hope piano artist. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Rye Art Center (Rye, NY), Blue Door Art Center (Yonkers, NY), the Rockaway Artists Alliance (Fort, Tilden, NY), and the Emelin Theatre (Mamaroneck, NY).

She has written several craft books, including TAPE IT AND MAKE IT (Barron’s Educational), DUCT TAPE BAGS (Clarkson Potter), and THE GREEN CRAFTER (Citadel). A few of her books are available to borrow from public libraries of Westchester County..

As a teaching artist, MS Morgan is no stranger to Harrison patrons. She has conducted several very popular and successful workshops at the Harrison library.  Working with kids and teens for the past twelve years, she has taught various tape, paper, and recycled/upcycled art and craft programs in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  She is currently on the teaching artist roster for ArtsWestchester.  MS Morgan lives in Larchmont, NY with her husband and two kids.

As our Maker-In-Residence, MS Morgan will lead four Birds in the Garden workshops. Space is limited. Registration is required. The workshops are:

Recycled Paper BirdsOnline – 4/23 Thursday at 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, for children ages 8-12;

Magazine Birds – 5/7 Thursday at 1 pm to 2:30 pm, for ages 13 – 103;

Birds in a Tree: Book Sculptures – 5/28 Thursday at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, for ages 13-103;

Tape Birds  – 6/10 Wednesday at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, for ages 8 to 103.

The finished art pieces will be exhibited in our brand new Reading Garden for a few weeks. Everyone is welcome to the opening reception on 6/13 Saturday at 10:30 am.

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.

Application

I would be comfortable working with (choose all that apply):

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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