Inspiring Works From Rural Farms, Forests, & Charming Villages on the Salish Sea

Cultural Creatives, Builders and Inventors Invited

VISIONING CIRCLES for WINTER 2023

 

The San Juan Islands Makers Guild is in an exciting formation process. So far, the Guild has served over 200 Island Makers on three islands. We’ve hosted Markets, Fairs, Makery Pop-ups and Workshops, Trainings and provided small business development assistance. As a community program, fellow Maker input is important to help guide the program forward.

 

Planning is currently underway for 2023 programs, workshops and special events, as well as grants writing and small business support.

 

We invite interested Makers in all fields to join a Visioning Circle to help chart 2023 activities.

 

 

What is a Makers Guild and how can it serve our communities? Who does the Maker Guild serve and how do we encourage inclusivity? How is a Makers Guild funded and what will our county’s Guild adopt as a governance model? These are examples of important questions we are receiving.

 

In response, the Guild is hosting listening and planning sessions that we call Visioning Circles. As a community program that began public services in 2022, and that seeks local participation and local leadership, these gatherings are a valuable opportunity to hear local values, interests, concerns, and suggested goals. As the Guild grows, community input is essential for its success.

 

 

The first Community Visioning Circle was held on Orcas November 13th at Orcas Center and the group worked on setting the top three priorities they would like to see the Guild focus on: Community, Education and Economy. This distills the strong interest expressed for 1) increasing community connections between Makers, 2) lifelong education – and teaching – opportunities, and 3) development of a year-round Makers Economy that helps build resiliency on each island and countywide.

 

 

Upcoming Circle Gatherings – click link to reserve a seat

 

Orcas Island: Sunday, January 22nd at Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound, 1-4pm

https://orcascircle.eventbrite.com

 

 

San Juan Island: Sunday, February 5th at the San Juan Island Grange, 1-4pm

https://sanjuancircle.eventbrite.com

 

 

Lopez Island: Sunday, March 5th at the Lopez Library Community Room, 1-4pm

https://lopezcircle.eventbrite.com

 

 

Art and jewelry by Matia Jones, Lopez Island

an exhibitor at SJIMG Fairs on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan