Makers Popping Up in Wilmington

A conversation with Jessi Taylor, organizer of Delaware’s first makers’ organization, Barrel of Makers:

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When was Barrel of Makers founded? What was the idea behind it?
In September 2012 we decided to hold informational sessions to see if the idea of a makers’ club was something our community would be interested in, and we had a good response. Our initial meetings were held in different libraries and other community centers such as the Creative Vision Factory. Then we started holding classes in libraries and parks — anywhere we could find a space large enough — to link passionate makers. Most people join Barrel of Makers to work together, either collaboratively on a joint project, or side by side, gaining inspiration from one another. Some of these people are engineers by day and work with electronics as a hobby by night. The makers who do this do it because they really love it and they want to share and teach. This past September we went to the World Maker Faire New York and won a red ribbon for Best in Class in the Interactive category with our Giant Lite-Brite project, which is now on display at the Chris White Gallery.

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Jane Golden Inspires Audience at WRC’s September Creative Chat

WRC held its second Creative Chat on September 29 at the Chris White Gallery that featured special guest Jane Golden, Executive Director, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP). Attendees learned about how MAP made its 30-year journey that has resulted in 3,600 murals throughout the nation. Golden started from transforming hesitant Philadelphia graffiti gang members into mural artists and worked her way up to directing a successful program that now serves as an international model.

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Save-the-Date: WRC’s Creative Chat with special guest: Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center

Thursday, November 13
5:30 pm
Chris White Gallery, 701 N. Shipley Street

Learn about the kitchen incubator model as it pertains to Wilmington’s Creative District as we welcome Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center as the next speaker for WRC’s Creative Chat Series. Founded in 1989 by the Wharton Small Business Development Center, The Enterprise Center provides access to capital, building capacity, business education and economic development opportunities to high-potential, minority entrepreneurs. As a part of their business-acceleration initiatives, the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises (CCE) supports both established and start-up food businesses and food processors in need of commercial kitchen space and technical assistance.

Also featured will be Dan Sheridan from the Wilmington Pickling Company which concentrates on sourcing produce from local farms then creates the brine, fills and seals the jars and handles the distribution to a select group of markets throughout the state. Every bit of product in their jars are hand-picked, cut and packed with pride.  As well as Dorks and Forks a new foodie podcast blending food and geek culture hosted by Brian Wild & Dan Sanchez.

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