The National Aviary will be closed on Saturday, July 21 for Night in the Tropics and will reopen at noon on Sunday, July 22.

The National Aviary will be closed on Saturday, July 21 for Night in the Tropics and will reopen at noon on Sunday, July 22.

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     

Myles Geyman is our July Maker of the Month! He created mugs, dishes, pie birds, planters, and coasters inspired by our Keel-billed Toucans.


About the Artist: 
Myles is a sculptor who owns and operates Stak Ceramics with his wife Heather. Heather and Myles personally design products, develop glazes, make molds and produce every item that Stak Ceramics offers from their studio just outside of Pittsburgh, PA.  

You can view more of Myles' work on his website.

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