Maker Challenge

The National Aviary Maker Challenge is a new initiative that launched July 1 to give 18 local makers the opportunity to work with the National Aviary in a first-of-its-kind collaboration to advance artistic entrepreneurship. The Maker Challenge features one local craft business, maker enterprise, or entrepreneurial artist each month.

Created in partnership with Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator and MONMADE, the Maker Challenge series engages makers in a multi-layered project that includes the design and production of a new product inspired by a specific bird species, with elements of the product design helping to tell the conservation story of that species.

Makers collaborate with National Aviary education staff in the creation of programming that connects visitors with the maker’s vision and design, and with the conservation story associated with each bird species. Throughout each maker’s designated month, the National Aviary helps promote the maker and the products he or she creates, which are available for purchase in the National Aviary’s gift shops and potentially other retail locations.

Admission to the National Aviary is not required to shop. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork support the National Aviary's education, avian medicine, and conservation programs both locally and internationally.

 

Maker of the Month     

Sarah Cohen is our December Maker of the Month! She created jewelry using glass, gold leaf, and Great Argus Pheasant feathers.

About the Artist: Sarah Cohen uses many materials but mainly works in glass. Transplanted to Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Sarah continues to focus on nature and her appreciation of the natural environment through her company “PetalVision." Looking at natural materials with a critical eye, consumerism, and the need for a sustainable planet are the catalysts that drive most of her work.  

You can view more of Sarah's work here.

Funding for the National Aviary Maker Challenge has been generously provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.