We are excited to share a new project that is currently in the making by our friends at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College. The project – currently titled The Makers Map – aims to provide an interactive network through which artists who are coming to Maine through Colby’s visiting artist initiatives and other Maine programs/initiatives, can locate and connect with Maine-based material experts, makers, builders, and production studios. The Lunder Institute is currently in the early stages of developing an interactive map to encourage the sharing of ‘material knowledge’ including expertise in a particular medium and studio production resources, among Maine communities and visiting ones. Lunder is working to identify Maine craftspeople – especially those working in the mediums of wood, glass, clay, metal and fibers – who would like to be included on The Makers Map.

The primary goal of The Makers Map is to highlight the richness of Maine craft, while providing a means for visiting makers to connect with Maine makers. The platform is completely free to join, and will be available to all in addition to being utilized by Lunder Institute programs. Please see the four sketches (below) of the Map in development to ensure you have a clear sense of visual elements.

If you are interested in a conversation about the specifics of your work/studio practice and whether you would be a good fit for The Makers Map, or if you have more general questions about the project, the Lunder Institute is looking forward to hearing from you! We all hope this will be the start of something bigger. They are eager to move things forward (and we hope that you are too!)

Explore the map here.

Makers interested in being added to the map should contact lunderinstitute@colby.edu, with the subject line “Makers’ Map” and include the following information:

– A short description (no more than 100 words) of your craft practice and expertise
– An image (with the credit line)
– Full address and contact information for requests
– The material category that describes best your work (wood, glass, clay, metal or fibers)

If you have any colleagues you wish to recommend, please feel free to share their names with Lunder Institute or share this post. We are excited to populate this map with great talents!

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