Change someone’s future by becoming an Ignition Community Glass Champion! Help spread the message that ICG is committed to leveraging the power of hands-on glass making to foster positive youth development and serving young adults from Chicago’s under-resourced communities, who traditionally have not had access to this transformative art form.
My focus now is on self-empowerment, being a role model and teaching glass art. My dream is to one day start my own non-profit art program to leverage glass making to transform the lives of the youth struggling like I did in the neighborhood where I grew up.
When I’m in ICG’s studio, I feel like I’m at home. I get this feeling that I’m not even on earth anymore, I’m just dreaming. It enables me to learn, explore, experience the wonders of glass every time I’m in the hot shop. Since I’ve been with this program I feel like there’s nothing in the world I can’t do.
ICG really helped me with my confidence. Not to exaggerate, but if you can work with a material that is upwards of 2000 degrees, I don't think there is much you can't do!
ICG helped me become more comfortable with myself and when working with others. When I first started the program, I was generally more shy and a bit more fearful when trying something new or challenging but with the guidance and support of my instructors and peers, I gained a lot more confidence not only in myself, but when working with glass!
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