Our Story


ICG was launched in 2014 by a group of educators, artists and social justice advocates committed to equality in the arts and passionate about the transformative elements of glass making.  Their vision was to leverage the power of hands-on glass making to foster positive youth development and offer youth from Chicago’s under-resourced communities and to youth who traditionally have not had access to glass making or the glass art community.

During 2017, ICG facilitated programming for more than 750 youth, ages 12-18.  It currently has 15 community partners including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Communities in Schools, Becoming a Man (BAM), Chicago Public Schools, After School Matters, Chicago Youth Centers and Embarc.

For more information, visit Support Our Mission to see how you can help support the continuing efforts to impact change in a young person’s life through the power of glass art.