We spent the last month in an Awakening State of Mind, adapting to our new “normal”, including expanding the lens of New York Makers with respect to how we can serve the maker community and help it thrive through this pandemic and beyond. We co-hosted our very first webinar “Unearthing Makers’ Hidden Talents in a Hurry” with Elsie Maio of Humanity, Inc. and published an article including resources for makers seeking help and support. As we move into May’s “Nurturing” State of Mind, we will continue to cultivate the vision of building and maintaining of a resource and communications hub for makers -- beginning with the debut of New York Makers Resource Center℠ as a new addition to our website (the button resides in the upper left corner of every screen page, next to “Our Story”.)
New York Makers Resource Center℠ gathers in one place, our New York Makers’ Maker Stories, Maker Video Interviews, Maker COVID-19 Relief Resources, Wellness for Makers columns, Maker webinars, Maker events (coming soon), and a Maker community forum. And this is just the start. We have plans for adding a Maker Materials network, a network of Maker (non-materials) resources, and Maker Exchange Programs, in addition to producing more videos and writing more articles to tell Maker stories. We hope the maker community will share ideas for content and opportunities that will help shape it to be a unique and powerful “go-to” tool.
On our Magazine, we are especially proud of the stories we will be sharing this month. We will be hearing from heroes caring for the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as checking in with our makers who have been diversifying their offerings to better serve their communities during this time. We spoke with Carrie and Suresh of Atina Foods, a line of holistic, ayurvedic food products including pickles and ferments they say the world needs now more than ever. Our list of must-visit restaurants around the state is another great article to anticipate. While state restaurants are currently closed for dine-in, many of them are offering take-out, if you abide by CDC guidelines. Have you heard of the Moriches Bay Project? This small grassroots not-for-profit organization facilitates oyster farming and eelgrass planting to improve the water quality of Moriches Bay in Westhampton, Long Island. Learn more about their work later this month. And while our cultural institutions remain closed to the public, their brilliant, creative staffers and stars have taken to online education and entertainment through virtual tours and theater. These stories and more are coming this month.
Photo: Atina Foods
Photo: Moriches Bay Project
With May comes joyous celebrations such as Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10), Memorial Day (Monday, May 25), and Graduations throughout the month. Even if you cannot be with your loved ones in person, you can send a special gift that shows how much you care. On our Marketplace, we are offering 10% off using the code FEELGOOD at checkout, plus 5% of sales will be donated to a New York charity fighting COVID-19. We have a great mix of unique gifts for every budget. We’re here for you!
Please keep safe and well as we carry on in these challenging times. Join us in a “Nurturing” State of Mind all month!