Lorain Library Maker-In-Residence Program Highlights Local Art

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The Lorain Public Library System provides a platform for local art.

The new Maker-In-Residence program connects audiences to art and the people who create it, and includes diverse art forms such as theater and performing arts, visual arts, technology arts, arts media, written arts and music.

Two residencies take place simultaneously, each in the branch of the library system best suited to the artist or creator, and last three months.

Regular studio hours at the library allow creators and artists to create on-site as patrons come, interact, and learn about different artistic processes.

Each manufacturer also offers special free workshops for the public every month.

Makers-In-Residence from March to May are Raquel M. Ortiz and Carida Cira Diaz.

Carida Cira Diaz is the Maker-In-Residence of the Lorain Public Library System until May 2022. (Aliah Kimbro — The Morning Journal)

Diaz, 29, is a multimedia artist specializing in drawings, paintings and jewelry.

“Being the creator-in-residence is an exciting opportunity that gives me the chance to interact with people and teach them skills,” she said. “I can also develop some of my personal ideas.”

Diaz is originally from Chicago and studied fashion design at the Rhode Island School of Design.

“I grew up in the city, but by a lake, so moving to Lorain comforted me in a way,” she said. “I can say that the city is reinventing itself, and so am I.”

Diaz moved to Lorain in 2020 and now works at the Lorain County Community College Campana Center for Ideation as well as a studio in the BRIAR residence in downtown Lorain.

“There’s a lot to enjoy here,” she said. “I see a lot of room to grow and rebuild, and I’ve been working on a series of paintings about that.”

Diaz currently creates art with the Glowforge and will share her techniques and methods as she designs, engraves and cuts in the Main Library’s makerspace, 351 W. Sixth St. in downtown Lorain.

Diaz will lead a hands-on workshop using the Glowforge on March 22 at the Lorain Library Main Branch. (Aliah Kimbro — The Morning Paper)

“It’s so exciting to see Glowforge’s work,” she said. “Even though I do it regularly now, I like to watch the process.”

Studio hours at the Main Library are 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 1, 15, and 29; April 5, 19; and May 3, 17, 31; as well as from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., March 8 and 22; April 12, 26; and May 10, 24.

Hands-on workshops using the Glowforge will be offered twice a month.

The next workshop is March 22.

For more information about the Maker-in-Residence program, contact [email protected]

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