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SXSW Interactive 2016

Get Messy in the Library: Art, Making & Tinkering

Creative inspiration is a tricky thing to pin down; for the artists highlighted here, the spark can be traced to a library. The Library as Incubator movement is catching fire as the needs of creatives and communities converge with library assets. Engagement includes residency programs, self-publishing platforms, workshops and other services with and for artists and makers of all skill levels. This session includes an in-depth exploration of Madison Public Library’s pop-up Bubbler program, where local creatives are employed to offer hands-on activities for people of all ages. Join us in a win-win for artists, makers, tinkerers and innovators engaging with communities through libraries.

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  1. How do artists and makers use libraries in their creative process?
  2. How are libraries providing new opportunities for creatives—professional and casual—to engage peers, neighbors, new tools and collections in unique
  3. How does it benefit artists, makers, tinkerers, entrepreneurs, tech-minded folks to get involved with their local libraries?



Laura Damon-Moore, Librarian, Library as Incubator Project

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  • Tags: library, creativity, community
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Art, Science and Inspiration
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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