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Join us at ALA Annual in Chicago!

Join us at ALA Annual in Chicago!

We are thrilled to announce that the Library as Incubator Project will have a presence at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago this June. Library friends, we’d love to see you there. Special thank you to the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) and ALA for sponsoring BOTH of these programs.  Here’s where you...
"Controlled Accidents" at the New School's List Library

“Controlled Accidents” at the New School’s List Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in May 2016. Today we hear about an exhibition by Isabella Brandalise and Nelesi Rodriguez, Controlled Accidents, which is currently on at the New School’s List Library. Through their work they explore the interplay between act and instrument as investigated by French critic and essayist Roland Barthes. Enjoy! ~Laura...
Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

Exploring Public Art at the Forest Park Public Library

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in July 2015. It’s one of our favorite public art projects to take place at a library–just in time for outdoor activities!  Today’s story (and project kit) comes to us from Elaine Luther, an artist whose work with libraries we’ve featured on the LAIP before, and Alicia Hammond,...
Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Talk Time Artistry at Thomas Crane Public Library

Written with assistance from Linda Zhou For the past seven years, the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Massachusetts has hosted English Talk Time for English Language Learners. Program participants, 150 students as well as part-time library staff and a crew of dedicated volunteers, sometimes frequent the library’s art gallery space, using the current exhibition...
Public Sculpting Project at Worthington Libraries

Public Sculpting Project at Worthington Libraries

Today’s feature comes to us from Lisa Fuller, Director of Community Engagement for the Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio. Lisa shares a recent (and under way) public sculpting project that has been the catalyst for a new suite of creativity-focused programs at the library. Enjoy! ~Laura by Lisa Fuller Earlier this year, the Friends Foundation of...
Librarian-Artists Celebrated With Unique Exhibit

Librarian-Artists Celebrated With Unique Exhibit

by Bryan Voell Pique Gallery, an “open ended art experiment” located in Covington, Kentucky, recently exhibited work created by librarians that focused on the intersections between art, creativity, information and libraries. We spoke with Pique co-manager Annie Brown about the ideas and questions that helped shape this exhibit. Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): What was...
Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

We first spoke with Rebecca a couple years ago about her artistic and creative endeavors, but we knew that we had to talk to her again once we saw her AMAZING Libraries are for Everyone images! Enjoy! -Holly LAIP: What has changed in your artistic or library life since the last time we spoke? Wow! What...
Featuring: VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, Poet and Painter

Featuring: VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, Poet and Painter

Today we feature VersAnnette Blackman, a visual artist, poet, and facilitator from the Chicago, IL area, who talks with us about her work, her own relationship to libraries, and what it means to show her work in a public library today. Her response to our question, “What does your ideal library look like” is worth...
Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

Submit your stories of “Inclusive Creativity” to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

We at believe libraries are a place to connect and create. Since we launched in 2011, the Library as Incubator Project has worked to share inspiring stories of how libraries can bring communities together around the shared experience and practice of creativity– whether through formal arts or craft programs, makerspaces, or free exhibitions and performances. We...
Featuring: Aileen Bassis

Featuring: Aileen Bassis

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in February 2016. Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Aileen Bassis (AB): I’ve always made art. I remember fixing up other children’s pictures when I was in kindergarten and pleaded with my mother for extra art lessons when I...
CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in February 2016. Today’s feature is brought to us by Jay Peterson from Coffee House Press’ CHP in the Stacks, the publishing company’s creative-in-residence program. One of their most recent residencies is with the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota. Part of the...
Featuring visual artist Alisa Ochoa

Featuring visual artist Alisa Ochoa

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work  Alisa Ochoa (AO): I am a visual artist who occasionally hacks together printed objects. I am not trained as a book binder or printmaker, but I am an admirer of the craft. I learned on the job, when I was enlisted...