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     

Lindsay Wright is our September Maker of the Month! She created a prints, mugs, keychains, and magnets inspired by the Rhinoceros Hornbill.

About the Artist: 
Typically working in color pencil to bring out the bright colors and detail of nature, Lindsay has worked as an illustrator for a variety of institutions including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the National Aviary, and the Smithsonian Science Education Center.  She is also a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Pittsburgh Society of Illustratorss.

You can view more of Lindsay's work on her website.

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