Music, Art, & Charity at The Michigan Glass Project
The Michigan Glass Project is a yearly music and art festival with the purpose of showcasing local talent, the Michigan culture, and uniting the glass community for charitable causes. This year was its fourth year and it was a huge success! The event spans three days and each year the organizers pick a cause that benefits the area. At the event there was live music, good food, and artists of both the glass and non-glass variety. The artists created live art that was auctioned off to support the 2015 beneficiary- Art Road. Art Road (http://www.artroadnonprofit.org/ ) works hard to put art classes back in the Detroit Public Schools. They provide art classes, including instructors and supplies, to elementary schools in Southeastern Michigan that lack art curriculums.
Glasscraft was proud to be a sponsor again this year as well as a vendor!
The glass artist line up was amazing:
The artists made objects in front of the audience that were later sold or auctioned off.
There were graffiti artists doing their thing:
There were 22 vendors selling art and clothing. Glasscraft’s own Law Rideout and Dave Winship were there selling glass and tools:
Corina Guerra, a first time attendee, said of the experience “The Michigan Glass project was bad ass! A lot of different people throwing down a lot of glass! They even had a boro furnace and were doing tubing pulls! It was interesting to see all the people working simultaneously and see so many color working techniques that I have never seen before. And the vendors were super cool, it was great so see other work besides glass there, but most of the booths were predominately glass related. There were also graffiti artists making work outside. It was great to see a bunch of artists come together to make a lot of work to be donated to charity.” She was also impressed with the number of women behind the scenes and volunteering but hopes to see more women behind the torches in future years.
I also spoke to Erin Austerberry (pictured to the left), who is a Detroit native and has been volunteering at the event all four years. She told us, “I love how every year there are a few people doing not so standard glass things, this year they had a guy who did wood carvings and then collaborated with glass artists to make some awesome pieces. There was a guy with a 100 year old faceting wheel doing some awesome cold working. It's cool to see so many aspects of glass represented.” I asked Erin what The Michigan Glass project meant to her, she quickly replied “Basically every year it's a revival of my faith in the city and our ability to thrive. Each year the event is bigger and more people from out of state come to visit (DETROIT?!?!!) more first-time visitors come, and usually they come back. Detroit is awesome! “
I spoke to Allison Key, Operations Manager for the event. She was proud to announce they doubled the attendance this year and they were able to fill 5 separate 8 foot tables with glass for auction. Keep your eyes on their Instagram and Facebook pages for upcoming auctions. For more information, including links to their social media pages, head on over to http://www.themichiganglassproject.com/
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