Why ICG Hands-On Glass Programs Work
What We Do
Hands-on Glass Art Programs
ICG 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 and sculpting, glass fusing, flame working, mold 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.
Ignition is committed to attracting and training the best candidates to facilitate quality glass art programming and mentorship for under-served youth. The ICG apprenticeship program enables novice artists to work alongside experienced glass art mentor-instructors. This Teacher/Apprentice relationship works to provide guidance to the novice in developing the unique skills required to work effectively and expansively with adolescents in this dynamic medium.
Chicago’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-served youth. Additionally, ICG programming includes a public art installation element to encourage community outreach and engagement.
Being an ICG intern has taught me a lot about glass blowing itself but more about responsibility, communication, leadership, and teamwork.
“Having the freedom to be creative is why ICG programming works.”
I learned that I can be creative with forming my ideas if I have more confidence in myself. Through the programming I learned control and patience in life and everything I do. ICG is like a home away from home.
The program helped me bring out my inner inspiration and helped me learn that I have the ability to make things even if it means to fail a couple times.
ICG programming helped me develop social and teamwork skills that I will use later in life.
Participating in ICG programming helped me learn to communicate with a group and having a mindset of not giving up.
The program helped me learn how to talk and work with others, and how to deal with things that don’t go my way and make it better.
Who We Are
Board of Directors
Sarah Beth Tanner
Director, Education & Capacity Building
Lead ASM Instructor, Education Coordinator
Sarah Beth Tanner