GlassRoots ignites and builds the creative and economic vitality of greater Newark, with a focus on underserved youth and young adults, through the transformative power of the glass art experience.
Through involvement with GlassRoots’ arts, NJ residents of all ages are empowered to think creatively and realize new visions of their futures through the art of glassmaking. Widely renowned for excellence in collaborative programming, GlassRoots presents high quality, rigorous, innovative, relevant, and diverse programming that both reflects and expands the community’s interests.
GlassRoots devotes itself to fanning the embers of creativity in young people until they burn hot enough to forge bright futures. In our hotshop at 10 Bleeker Street, risky behaviors are replaced by production teamwork as student groups form glass vases, cups and artistic items in the 2,200 degree heat of our furnace; in our flameworking studio they use gas torches to melt glass and create fine jewelry; in our flat shop students explore the ancient art of mosaics along with more modern techniques, and in our classrooms, business and entrepreneurship come to life. Since 2001, we have successfully proven that it is possible to marry art and entrepreneurship through real life application of talent, interest and skills. GlassRoots core programs, offered for teens and young adults, teach STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and are offered as in-school residencies, after-school and summer arts programs, and as workshops, using competency in handling molten glass as a pathway to personal development. In 2013 we began introducing career and college-path programs for young adults, including Scientific Glassblowing, Craft Entrepreneurship and a special partnership program with the Penland School of Crafts for college credit. GlassRoots also engages adults in “art for art’s sake” workshops held on evenings and weekends.