Teaching Artist/Maker Educator

Hi, I’m Nora!
It’s nice to virtually *meet* all you!

For my first post I would like to introduce myself and give you some kind of idea of what this whole blog is going to be about!

Right now at this very moment, I am sitting in my apartment kitchen in Millvale, PA. Millvale is a small Appalachian-esque town across the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh. My apartment is above a tea shop and next to the library where I work. The Millvale Community Library is an amazing haven of books, art, and collaboration. I was lucky enough to find it three years ago when I started working as a Maker Educator, running summer programming for the kids in town. Now, about to enter my fourth summer at the MCL, Millvale is my place of work, my place of residence, and naturally the place where I spend all of my time. All of it.

I created this blog as a way to share the work I do as Maker Program Director at the MCL, as an artist living and working in Pittsburgh (Millvale), and the point where those two intersect. I consider working with kids to be an artform of it’s own, and over the past couple of years I have collaborated with many
little monsters to create a really exciting body of work.

Ms. Nora Makes will serve as the platform for documenting basically every creative thing that I do, whether it’s a project/initiative at the library, a new skill I’m fine tuning myself, or an activity I completed/plan to complete with the kids. My hope is that someone other than myself (maybe you!) will find value in my ramblings and use it as inspiration for more creativity. Let’s spread the love, eh?

Here’s to yet another social media outlet, and another item on my list of things to remember. 💁🏻🌻

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