Call for Makers 2020

Call for 2020 Makers opens Oct. 1!

Pikes Peak Library District is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community. We help our community seek and engage in new opportunities which transform thoughts, perspectives, and result in new discoveries. 

Over the last 5 years, the PPLD Maker in Residence program hosted over 30 creative individuals, who introduced the El Paso County community to a wide range of projects and ideas including the following:

  • Bookbinding & Papermaking
  • Drawing & Painting (acrylics, watercolors, oils, alcohol ink)
  • Stop Motion / Animation
  • Songwriting & Dancing
  • Polymer Clay
  • Origami
  • Sewing

Click here for past makers and more details!

To celebrate past successes and embrace new trends and possibilities, the 2020 Maker in Residence Program has been redeveloped to further inspire and empower making and creativity. 


We are currently searching for two Makers for 2020, who are inspired by the year’s theme:
20/20 VISIONS – It’s often said that hindsight is 20/20. As a maker, what does this phrase mean to you? How do you reflect on past lessons, celebrate clarity of the present, and seek new discoveries and growth?
What are we looking for?

We recognize that the term “Maker” encompasses creators of all kinds. As explained by Dale Dougherty:

“Makers are producers and creators, builders and shapers of the world around us. Makers are people who regard technology as an invitation to explore and experiment, with the most inclusive possible definition of technology, meaning any skill or technique that we learn and employ. What we once called hobbyists, tinkerers, artists, inventors, engineers, crafters – all of them are makers.” – xv, Free to Make

But specifically, we seek makers who… 

  • Love their craft and possess skills to teach and share.
  • Are curious about the world around them and enjoy tinkering.
  • Enjoy collaborating with others.

Program Outline

  • Contracted position for 10 weeks.
  • 30 hours (or less) working on a large-scale community project at one of our PPLD locations.
    • Several of PPLD’s library locations provide spaces which could host an assortment of creative efforts, such as a larger installation piece or semi-permanent mural, among other options. Our libraries vary greatly in size; please consider the scalability of the community project, including maximum and minimum size requirements.
    • The finished work will be revealed at a public reception and will be publicly displayed within the Pikes Peak Library District.
  • 30 hours of programs/classes presented at various PPLD library locations as well as the Manitou Art Center.
    • These programs/classes must present our patrons with a hands-on opportunity to learn a new skill. The Maker will work with library staff to determine the best way to structure these classes.
    • These classes can be the same topic offered multiple times, or a set of different class topics with a cohesive theme.
    • All programs/classes will be made available to the general public with PPLD responsible for participant signup.
    • All program/class times and locations are to be determined by PPLD.
    • These programs will be mainly geared toward ages 12 and up.
  • Contract payment of $1800 for 60 project hours or a rate of $30/hour for total project hours less than 60, with up to another $1500 reimbursement for supplies.
    • The Maker will be responsible for procuring all necessary consumable supplies. PPLD will reimburse the Maker for supply costs based on actual detailed receipts. All leftover supplies will become the property of PPLD.
  • Compensation rates do not cover setup/teardown time for programs or project hours.
  • Any resulting artwork or product created by the Maker will become the property of PPLD. If the project is temporal in nature (i.e. a performance), PPLD will have the sole right to photograph or otherwise record the project. Following the public display, PPLD may or may not decide to keep the finished project, return it to the Maker, donate, or sell the work.
  • The Maker may be asked to coordinate with PPLD in the making of a PPLD-produced video that promotes the Maker’s specific class content at PPLD.
  • The Maker is responsible for any travel costs related to the Independent Contractor Agreement activities.



Dates and Deadlines
Complete and submit the application. The call will open October 1, 2019 and will close on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:59 MST.
Please complete the application here.

  • Submitted applications will be reviewed for both the Spring and the Fall Residency time slots.
  • Please note in your application your availability for both time slots, as well as preference for Spring or Fall.
    • Spring Residency Dates: March 9 – May 18, 2020
    • Fall Residency Dates: September 7 – November 16, 2020

Makers will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Suitability for the year’s overall theme
  • Type of project/medium (to ensure diversity of projects)
  • Program/class learning objectives and outcomes
  • Ability of Maker to engage the community in the project

Interviews will be held for Makers who are being considered.

If offered a residency, the Maker must sign PPLD’s Independent Contractor Agreement, fill out an IRS W9 form, and complete a PPLD-paid background check.

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