June 16 – 22, 2017
Trent Miller

Trent Miller

Madison, Wisconsin
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library


What does it mean to be a maker?

To “make” at the Bubbler means lots of things. It means screen printing, it means cheese making, it means performance art, it means sock puppet monsters, it means tinkering and circuit making, it means digital audio recording, video editing, and video game design, it means after hours parties with local bands, authors, and artists. The Bubbler is a reflection of the Madison community, the artists and experts who live here who want to share their talents and skills with anyone who wants to learn.

What are you doing in the Maker community?

The Bubbler Artist in Residence project is one of the best ways we connect makers to their community. Our one-three month residencies give artists space within the library for a working interactive studio, a chance to host workshops in their craft for the community, and a platform for displaying their work.

The Bubbler focuses on people, not equipment. By hiring local artists to come and teach their craft, we create “maker spaces” in conference rooms, community rooms, and right in the middle of the library. Madison has a flourishing artistic community, we simply provide the space and opportunity for those artists to share with the public.

We have had amazing opportunities to build long lasting partnerships with community artists with our residency programs, allowing us to expand the read of our maker focused programs to Madison's schools, after school programming, and Juvenile Detention Center and Shelter.

Who are some other Makers you admire and why?

All of our previous artists in residence including Craig Grabhorn, Victor Castro, and Justin Bitner to just name a few. Tinker and Bodgerer Karen Corbeill. Meg Backus of the Anchorage publie Library and Lisa Brahms and her team at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum. I could go on and on!