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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 our Maker-in-Residence Leena Karande-Gore!

Leena Karande-Gore holding henna art

We are delighted to introduce Leena Karande-Gore, our Maker-in-Residence, for Summer 2021! 

Specializing in traditional and innovative henna art, Leena Karande-Gore is an experienced artist. Leena is super passionate about the art of henna and has mastered the craft. She loves to explore and try henna art on different mediums like canvas, candles, glass votives, etc. Leena uses henna art in many different forms and mediums, including baking classes which she teaches along with her 12-year-old daughter. Leena is excited and looking forward to teaching henna art at the Harrison Public Library.

Henna art is a centuries-old form of body adornment that is created with a natural plant-based stain on the skin. Henna artist Leena Karande-Gore will present hands-on workshops where participants will create their own henna designs. Leena will explain the history, design, and application of this ancient art. Space is limited. Registration is required. For ages 13 and up.

We will be offering:

Workshop #1 Henna on Hands – July 15
Learn how to make simple henna design forms with fresh henna

Workshop #2 Henna on Canvas – July 22
Learn how to use acrylic paints to create henna art on a canvas!

Workshop #3 Acrylic Henna on Candles & Votives – July 29
Learn how to make henna art on candles and holiday cards

Workshop #4 Acrylic Henna on Holiday Cards – August 5
Learn how to make henna art on candles and holiday cards

Edible Henna Sugar Cookies and Cupcakes – August 12
Learn how to decorate sugar cookies and cupcakes with a buttercream henna design

Workshop #5 Acrylic Henna on Vancas Pouches/Bags – August 19
Learn how to make henna designs on travel/pencil pouches

Workshop #6 Henna on Glass Votives – September 16
Learn how to make henna designs on glass votives

Workshop #7 Acrylic Henna for Holidays – September 23
Learn how to make henna designs for holidays.

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.


Thank you for submitting your application. We will be in touch soon.

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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.

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