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Pride, work and necessity of creative efforts—on the side:

Olivia Trimble of The Quilt Square Project

Olivia Trimble of The Quilt Square Project

“Side projects are an incredible way to stay inspired and involved in your community.” Read more.

Elise Metzger’s Filigree Suppers

Elise Metzger’s Filigree Suppers

“My side project is a pop-up supper club series.” Read more.

Make Health Fest by Joyce Lee, MD

Make Health Fest by Joyce Lee, MD

“I am passionate about integrating patient-centered participatory design and the maker movement into healthcare.” Read more.

The Coaching Fellowship by Jane Finette

The Coaching Fellowship by Jane Finette

“To empower some of the brightest young female minds and souls of our generation.” Read more.

Be Free, Lance by Jen Serafini

Be Free, Lance by Jen Serafini

“I’m the co-founder of ‘Be Free, Lance’ with Breanna Rose, an online course for designers looking to be their own boss.” Read more.

Making Care of Business by Rachel Binx

Making Care of Business by Rachel Binx

“My ‘for the love’ side project is called Making Care of Business, a collection of interviews with small business owners.” Read more.

Lamps, Go-Karts, more by Allan Branch

Lamps, Go-Karts, more by Allan Branch

“I enjoy finding something in a junk yard and making it worthy of using again.” Read more.

Printmaking by Alex Gilbert

Printmaking by Alex Gilbert

“My first real love was letterpress printing, but I have come to find an equally strong attraction to screen printing.” Read more.

Internet-Inspired Art by Joshua Rains

Internet-Inspired Art by Joshua Rains

“My work is an exploration in the blur between private lives and public selves.” Read more.

Brittany Campbell’s Recycled Tee Pillows

Brittany Campbell’s Recycled Tee Pillows

“I came across all these awesome t-shirts that I no longer wore, but couldn’t bring myself to give away.” Read more.

Sonia Yoon’s and Erika Dufour’s Collaborative Drawings

Sonia Yoon’s and Erika Dufour’s Collaborative Drawings

“We meet weekly, alternating between each other’s studio spaces, and spend about five hours—drawing continuously.” Read more.

Anica Wu’s and Emily Kinskey’s “So Close to the Sky”

Anica Wu’s and Emily Kinskey’s “So Close to the Sky”

“Our side project isn’t just a side project—it’s who we want to be, it’s our investment into the legacy of our filmmaking career.” Read more.

Carol Neiger’s GivingQuilts

Carol Neiger’s GivingQuilts

“GivingQuilts redefines an American tradition by combining new technology with handcrafting.” Read more.

Skot Waldron’s Locurean

Skot Waldron’s Locurean

“Finding businesses and organizations dedicated to the production, use, and support of local food and drink.” Read more.

Brandon Keelean’s Together+

Brandon Keelean’s Together+

“I’m in the middle of creating a children’s book addressing the stigma of HIV in communities throughout South Africa titled ‘Growing Together.’” Read more.

Mr. Walters’ Nerfect

Mr. Walters’ Nerfect

“I see a side project as an equal avenue to explore ideas.” Read more.

Sophia Richter’s Hello New York

Sophia Richter’s Hello New York

“New York fascinates me for many reasons, but largely because it is all at once so many things to so many people.” Read more.

Bethany Betzler’s Artifact Makers Society

Bethany Betzler’s Artifact Makers Society

“‘Local’ means provenance, a sense of place, and an authentic connection between object and city.” Read more.

Marielle Schmidt’s ParentsWork

Marielle Schmidt’s ParentsWork

“I firmly believe in the economic value of caring labor—that parenthood is just as valuable a job as any other.” Read more.

Amy Marquez’s improvisational comedy

Amy Marquez’s improvisational comedy

“I love theater, I love performing.” Read more.

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