Maker Challenge

The National Aviary Maker Challenge is a new initiative that launched July 1 to give 18 local makers the opportunity to work with the National Aviary in a first-of-its-kind collaboration to advance artistic entrepreneurship. The Maker Challenge features one local craft business, maker enterprise, or entrepreneurial artist each month.

Created in partnership with Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator and MONMADE, the Maker Challenge series engages makers in a multi-layered project that includes the design and production of a new product inspired by a specific bird species, with elements of the product design helping to tell the conservation story of that species.

Makers collaborate with National Aviary education staff in the creation of programming that connects visitors with the maker’s vision and design, and with the conservation story associated with each bird species. Throughout each maker’s designated month, the National Aviary helps promote the maker and the products he or she creates, which are available for purchase in the National Aviary’s gift shops and potentially other retail locations.

Admission to the National Aviary is not required to shop. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork support the National Aviary's education, avian medicine, and conservation programs both locally and internationally.


Maker of the Month     

Lindsay Huff is our April Maker of the Month! She created several different styles of earrings and a necklace inspired by our Green-winged Macaws.


About the Artist: 
Lindsay Huff is the Metalsmith and enamel artist behind "Huffalo." She holds a BFA with Honors from Syracuse University and as Huffalo, she produces limited production and custom enamel jewelry. 

For Lindsay, jewelry becomes a way to speak with the people around you without speakingl it becomes a vessel that can carry your experiences with you throughout the day. Lindsay believes the Green-winged Macaw is the perfect bird for her to share her enthusiasm for bright, bold colors. She loves how a trio of colors can instantly convey the vibrant personality and tropical home of this cheerful and majestic bird.  


You can view more of Lindsay's work on her website.

Funding for the National Aviary Maker Challenge has been generously provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.