Maker Challenge

The Maker Challenge features local craft businesses, maker enterprises, and entrepreneurial artists each month. 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.

Created in partnership with Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator and MONMADE , the Maker Challenge series will engage makers in a multi-layered project that will include 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 will 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 will help promote the maker and the products he or she creates, which will be 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 this artwork support the National Aviary's education, avian medicine, and conservation programs both locally and internationally.


Maker of the Month 


Abbie Adams is our July Maker of the Month! She will be be creating pieces inspired by our flamingos, available in our gift shop.

About the Maker: Abbie Adams is a freelance illustrator and artist who works with a variety of traditional mediums. Often working in sets and collections, Abbie creates free-handed and intricate images that show her fascination with lines, repetition, and grouping like objects.  Abbie hails from the rolling hills of Iowa and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Ben. She is a fan of many things including podcasts, tiny objects, and Earl Grey tea. You can see more of her work on her website.

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