A collaborative program between GlassRoots and the Penland School of Crafts
Penland School of Crafts, a renowned craft school in the mountains of North Carolina and GlassRoots OFFER an amazing collaboration for you to explore the arts in depth and earn college credits! Look at these pictures from the 2016 class!
What: (1) Start with THREE weeks working with GlassRoots staff and artists at our studios in Newark, NJ to prepare for participation in an intensive craft training program! (2) Travel to Penland, NC for an 8-week craft concentration workshop in one of seven media, participate in a Penland work activity on campus, and explore professional development opportunities in the arts. (3) Return to GlassRoots to participate in a one-week professional development training program to prepare you to enter college! Each student who successfully completes the entire program will receive 9 hours of transferrable college credit giving you a head start on your college degree! (4) Opt for automatic admission to Essex County College, or our staff will work with you to transfer credits to another college!
When? (2017 Schedule)
MANDATORY INFO MEETING: Monday, February 27, 2017 & Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:30pm-6:30pm for Students & Parents/guardians (all applicants must attend one)
PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: April 3, 2017
DECISIONS ANNOUNCED: April 24, 2017
MANDATORY MEET & GREET PENLAND ADMINISTRATORS, CLASS SELECTION: May 12-13, 2017
PROGRAM BEGINS AT GLASSROOTS: August 21
TRAVEL TO PENLAND: Friday Sept 22
ORIENTATION DAY: Saturday Sept 23
PENLAND CLASSES: Sept 24 thru November 16
TRAVEL HOME: November 17
GLASSROOTS CLASSES LAUNCH WEEK: Nov 27 thru Dec 1
GRADUATION & GALLERY SHOWING: December, 2017
Why? You will:
Start on your path to college and a career
Gain marketable skills
Expand your vision of future possibilities
Develop the confidence to pursue post-secondary education and career development, and
Become role models for other young people
We’ll be with you:
A GlassRoots staff member will be assigned as your mentor. And Penland will assign a staff member to help you with anything that might come up while you’re on their campus!
GlassRoots will offer 3 hours/month of open studio time to each student for one year after you return from Penland.
GlassRoots will commit to 2 additional hours of follow UP to support you in pursuit of your goals.
You will also become part of a GlassRoots alumni network.
What’s required from you?
Commitment to changing your life and direction
Desire to continue education
Interest in both the art and life skill components of the program
Willingness to try something new
Promise to abide by regulations of GlassRoots and Penland
Ability to travel and be away from home for the 8-week period and participate in the full 13-week program
Agreement to attend college to earn, at a minimum an associate’s degree following this program
All costs for the program, including tuition, transportation and living expense will be covered.
You will receive a stipend during the program; earning while you learn! You can use this stipend for family or personal household expenses, rent, insurance payments, or other expenses that are on-going and must be met while you are participating in the GlassRoots/Penland program or save it for future college expenses.