Be CPL’s Next Maker-in-Residence: Apply Online

Are you CPL's next Maker-in-Residence? Apply by 11:59 p.m. March 1 using the form below. The residency runs from approximately May 1 to July 31.

The Maker-in-Residence:

  • uses a combination of art, science and technology to explore library collections, local data, history or culture.
  • has access to Maker Lab equipment and staff.
  • concludes with a presentation and demonstration of their project and findings.
  • offers two workshops for library patrons.
  • is compensated $6,000 for the three-month residency.
  • has their work exhibited at Harold Washington Library Center and another library location. Work will be returned to the maker.


You have some experience with digital design and fabrication. You'll want to continue to experiment with the process of 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, milling, sewing, embroidering, knitting or any combination of the above. You're available to spend 10 hours per week for 12 weeks in the Maker Lab.

More Information

Read about recent Maker-in-Residence, Kate Conlon, whose work will be exhibited in the spring.

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The Maker-in-Residence is generously funded by the Chicago Public Library Foundation.