The mission of GlassRoots is to ignite and build the creative and economic vitality of greater Newark, with a focus on under-served youth and young adults, through the transformative power of the glass art experience.
TRANSFORMING LIVES Since its founding in 2001, GlassRoots has engaged more than 17,000 greater Newark-area youth with its services, including its core Business and Entrepreneurship program, student field trips and “art-for-art’s sake” classes for the public.
We harness the fire and danger of glassmaking to engage area youth. Our students develop patience, teamwork, creative problem-solving, plus the discipline and resilience they need to safely work with 2200 degree fire and molten glass. They gain hands-on experience in chemistry, physics, and math. They become young entrepreneurs as they develop and market their products. They join a vibrant community in which all learn from each other. Our young artists grow stronger each time they forge glass, and experience the power of their own creativity.
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS At GlassRoots, everyone can experience the thrill of glassmaking and become part of our vibrant community. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, we offer a wide variety of classes and summer camps in all forms of glassmaking. Bring your friends and host a party in our studio! You can register for current courses here. Our studios are also available for rental by professional artists.
SCHOOL AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT GlassRoots classes for youth in 6th through 12th grades are grounded in STEAM (STEM + Art) and enhance classroom work with real life experience. Our wide variety of innovative programming gives young people multiple opportunities to learn that through persistence and teamwork, they can create beautiful works of art, and by extension, a future for themselves GlassRoots workforce development programs provide a path to success with glass making as a focus for job training. Rigorous scientific glass apprenticeship and craft entrepreneurship programs give 18-25 year-olds the skills needed to successfully enter the working world.