Ignite Glass Studios welcomed a new dynamic community to its facility in June 2014. Ignition Community Glass (ICG) is a non-profit organization offering tuition-free art programming to under-resourced youth in Chicago. ICG, launched by a group of educators, artists and social justice advocates, leverages the transformative power of the glass art experience to impact the lives of under-resourced youth.
ICG provides a safe after-school environment for students to experiment, incubate ideas and explore the arts and arts management under the guidance of teaching-artist mentors. The synergy of the elements unique to glass art – collaboration, stamina, trust, discipline and focus – requires a special type of engagement from students and, with it, cultivates social-emotional growth. The process of making glass art dynamically inspires creativity and problem solving and builds self-confidence and life skills.
ICG’s art curriculum features: