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How you can be the Indian Trails Public Library’s next Maker in Residence

The Daily Herald featured an article about applying for the next Maker in Residence for the summer of 2024. Applications are due February 5, 2024. Written by Russell Lissau.


Artist Anastasia Sitnikov was the Indian Trails Public Library’s first maker-in-residence this past summer. Here she works on the sculpture she created in the library’s Launch Pad. (Russell Lissau | Staff Photographer)

Artists, crafters and creators of other stripes, take note: Wheeling’s Indian Trails Public Library is seeking applicants for its 2024 maker-in-residence program.

The maker-in-residence will create a piece in the Launch Pad, the library’s maker space, over six weeks as patrons observe or work on their own projects nearby.

Once completed, the piece will be exhibited at the library, 355 Schoenbeck Road.

Qualifying pieces aren’t limited to traditional art. In addition to a painting, sculpture or drawing, the maker could create something digitally or by using a 3D printer, a laser cutter or another tool available in the Launch Pad, according to an announcement on the library’s website.

Creators who work in robotics or electronics are welcome to apply, too. “We don’t have a particular piece of art in mind for this residency, because there are so many interesting ways to create new art,” said Liz Poppenhouse, the library’s digital and maker services manager.

In addition to creating a piece, the chosen artist will lead at least three workshops for patrons.

“It is a nice opportunity to meet other creatives in the community and share your love of making,” Poppenhouse said.

The maker-in-residence will be paid $1,000.

Preference will be given to applicants who plan to use tools available in the Launch Pad as part of their project. Indian Trails Library District residents also will be given preferential consideration.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be prepared to submit to a background check. Applications are due by Feb. 5, 2024.

Buffalo Grove artist Anastasia Sitnikov was the inaugural maker-in-residence this past summer. She made a macrame sculpture that included objects created by patrons and is displayed on the library’s second floor.

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