• We inspire


  • We ignite


  • We encourage

    • GROWTH

Fostering positive youth development
through the glass art experience

Glass art is an exciting, challenging and collaborative art medium offering a powerful vehicle for social emotional learning. Working with glass requires focus and discipline and fosters creative expression, teamwork and critical thinking. ICG programming offers students the opportunity to incubate ideas and explore creativity through the glass art experience.

Our Story

Ignition Community Glass (ICG) was launched in January 2014 by a group of educators, artists and social justice advocates. The core emphasis is providing youth with the resources to develop personal growth through a unique and transformative art form known as glass art. Through interactive art programming, ICG strives to inspire and open doors of opportunity for under-resourced youth in Chicago.

We provide a bold, engaging space that promotes partnership through dynamic hands-on programs enhanced by adult and peer mentoring opportunities.

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What We Do



Offering glass art programming encouraging entrepreneurial, leadership and communication skills.



Fostering an interactive learning community enriched by cultural difference, active participation and positive peer-to-peer connections.



Creating a safe learning environment where students can take risks, problem solve and build self-awareness and confidence.



Leveraging the transformative power of glass art to develop and nurture critical life skills.


Hands On Glass Art Programming

Ignition youth programming features innovative and collaborative hands-on glass art experiences…

Internship Programs

Ignition is committed to attracting and training the best candidates to facilitate glass art programming…

Engagement & Partnerships

Chicago’s philanthropic community is known for investing in arts education. Partnerships are designed…

Hands On Glass Art ProgrammingICG fundamentally believes in engaging Chicago youth in arts education and provides a dedicated space for programs. Ignition youth programming features innovative and collaborative hands-on glass art experiences. Programs include glass blowing, fusing and sculpting, mosaic making and screen printing. Team engineered projects are designed to foster a sense of community and accountability. Students are encouraged to be creative, experiment and push beyond comfort zones.

Internship Programs Ignition is committed to attracting and training the best candidates to facilitate quality glass art programming and mentorship for under-resourced youth. The ICG apprenticeship program enables novice artists to work alongside experienced glass art mentor-instructors. This Instructor/Internship relationship works to provide guidance to the novice in developing the unique skills required to work effectively and expansively within the glass art medium and with this demographic of young people.

Engagement & PartnershipsChicago’s philanthropic community is known for investing in arts education. Partnerships are designed to enhance and channel relevant resources. ICG provides credentialed instructors and facilities to help our Chicago community partners offer a broader range of student art experiences. Ignition also partners with other local youth organizations committed to empowering under-resourced youth. Additionally, ICG programming includes a public art installation element to encourage community outreach and engagement.


Noble Street College Prep
City of Chicago CityArts Grantpartnership since 2016

Beginning in Fall 2016, Ignition Community Glass began facilitating a glass art program with Noble emphasizing collaborative, hands-on learning…

KIPP Ascend Middle School
Ingenuity Creative Schools Fund
Partnership since 2015

Ignition Community Glass offers KIPP a unique tool to engage and develope youth creatively and holistically…

Chicago Youth Organizations
Bernzomatic Grant
partnership since 2016

Chicago Youth Centers mission is to empower children to recognize and experience their possibility and promise …

After School Matters
Deep Dive into Hands-On Glass Blowing, Fused Glass and Flame Working
Partnership since 2014

After School Matters, a landmark Chicago based nonprofit after school program, has a similar innovative approach to impacting the lives of youth through safe, engaging after school activities focused on exploration…

Support Our Mission

Change someone’s future by sponsoring, partnering or donating and becoming an ICG Champion. Help spread the message about ICG! Donations support planning development, supplies, studio and instructor time as well as sponsorship of participating Chicago youth.

For inquiries on donating, getting involved, or mentoring with the ICG team, please send emails to info@icg-Chicago.org or through the website.


We would like to extend a special thanks to our partner Ignite Glass Studios!

Thank you to Ignite Glass Studios, a Chicago-based state-of-the-art glassblowing facility, for their commitment to support under-resourced youth in Chicago. The qualified and passionate artists and staff at Ignite are pivotal to ICG delivering safe, innovative, quality youth programming.


Contact Us

Ignition Community Glass

401 N. Armour Street Chicago, IL 60642

Phone: (312) 465-2389
Email: info@icg-Chicago.org