Dear GlassRoots Friends,
We miss you! We do hope that this note finds you healthy and well. We are determined to stay connected to each other and to each of you. At this time, we've been able to keep all of our staff employed, either working from home or singly in our studios. It is our plan to keep going, right through this crisis ... and while we're physically distancing, we're staying socially connected.
For a facility-dependent organization, it took us most of last week to organize ourselves to find ways to continue to engage with you around our work, living our mission, through glass. With such a tactile medium, we have had to stretch our creativity, and are delighted to roll out our first week of virtual programming. Our programming will include live demos, lectures, challenges, movie nights, even special product sales. We have some great surprises in store.
We'll be doing direct outreach to our students, but want to invite everyone in our extended community to join in, perhaps trying something new with you during this unusual time. Educators are invited to share our schedule with their students.
We will send out a regular communication with a full week's schedule each Sunday, and encourage you to join us on social media for reminders and more information. Stay connected - links to our social media sites are at the bottom of this email.
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Week 1: 3/24/2020 - 3/27/2020 Our Theme: Women's Her-story!
As we close out Women's History Month, each of our projects will connect to this central theme. Please watch our social media sites for related posts and opportunities to engage. Please note, all times listed are Eastern Standard Time.
Tuesday, March 24
Join Tiffany on Instagram Live at 11:30 am. What are Nipper Trimmer Pliers or Wheeled Nipper Pliers? Find out as Tiffany leads you through the creation of a glass mosaic, with a Women's History Month theme!
You Design It, We Make It!
Amazing Amira will open up a live poll on Instagram at 11:30 am on Tuesday so you can vote on a product to be made in our studio. Yes, your vote counts! Vote before 3:00 pm - then visit our social media sites on Wednesday to see the results.
Wednesday, March 25
You Design It, We Make It! Reveal
How did Amira do? Look at our Instagram and Facebook for the final product!
Make It At Home Challenge
Join Kate at 11:30 am as she introduces our weekly "Make It at Home Challenge", this week inspired by a Woman Artist. Via Instagram Live, Kate will introduce you to an item made in our studios and explore ways you can make it at home. Once you do, take a photo and tag it #glassrootsinc #madeathomechallenge. Stretch your creativity! We'll share all of the great results!
Thursday, March 26
Women and Craft Entrepreneurship
Get inspired and learn something new ... via Instagram Live at 11:30 am, Ellen will introduce you to a fascinating woman entrepreneur. Who do you think it will be?
Friday, March 27
Join us live at 11:30 am on our Facebook page as Kate guides you through a flameworking demonstration. This interactive experience invites you to ask questions and make comments during the demo. Art, science, design ... yes! Get out your sunglasses, because the flame will be bright as Kate manipulates glass in a flame and shapes the softened glass into unique glass beads or other items.
While our studios and offices are closed to the public during this national emergency, staff are coming in to complete work. However, our schedules are not as consistent as before the virus outbreak. For the fastest reply to your inquiry, please email our staff members directly at firstinitial lastname at glassroots.org, or simply write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will respond as quickly as possible.
We know you're getting lots of emails about organizations' plans in light of our nation's emergency situation. I'm writing too to share our plans -- and to share a special announcement. I do hope you'll read on.
As I wrote to you earlier, the health and safety of the GlassRoots community is our highest priority. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the country, I want you to know about the actions GlassRoots is taking to help protect our employees and students.
We've all heard that social distancing is the way that we can all work together to slow and eradicate this virus. To that end, we have decided to suspend our public programs, classes, and studio rentals temporarily beginning March 16th as a precautionary measure to reduce the exposure and spreading of the COVID-19 virus.
If you are registered for a program that has been cancelled, our program director, Lisa Duggan will contact you about rescheduling. At this time, we are asking that you don't request a refund unless absolutely necessary; we'd much rather see you in our programs when it is safe again to gather. Alternatively, please consider donating your course fees in support of GlassRoots' programs. Of course, should a refund be the only option, we will work with you to make that happen quickly. If your program was scheduled through a program partner, such as an Adult School, please reach out to their staff regarding cancellation policies.
Our virtual gift shop is still open on glassroots.org. Watch for new items to be added to our shop; purchases can be held for pickup when safe, or sent to you via UPS. If you are expecting a commission delivery, Kate Dowd will be in touch regarding delivery. We are asking that you do not come to the studio to retrieve items at this time.
Our staff will be in our offices and studios for the next two weeks, conducting a deep cleaning, making those much requested commission pieces and awards, and doing other tasks that are regularly put aside.
We care about you too. This has been a stressful time for many of us.
Knowing how much we all need beauty in our lives, our artists will have surprises for you during this period!
Watch your email -- and our social media sites -- for special announcements.
As always, should you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We appreciate your continued support and interest,
With all best wishes,
Barbara Heisler, CEO
The health and safety of the GlassRoots community is our highest priority. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the country, I wanted to share some of the actions GlassRoots is taking to help protect our employees and students.
We are closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials around the state as this situation continue to evolve. We will continue to rely on their recommendations and expertise to inform our decisions.
GlassRoots staff has worked intensively on internal protocols, for use at this time, and, in our increasingly international space, should we ever face other similar circumstances.
We appreciate your continued support and interest,
With all best wishes,
We have two positions to fill! Are you the right person to work with us?
GlassRoots is hiring a part-time instructor to work in our hot shop and join our amazing teaching and artistic staff. This is a skilled artistic and technical work position which includes provision of instruction, and fabrication and repair of glass pieces in the hot shop.
We seek a self-motivated individual who can assist in the delivery of our artistic programs, offered to our target audience of disengaged youth and young adults as well as to the general public. The work involves instruction of youth and adult students in the hot shop, the operation of facilities required for the instruction, fabrication and repair of a wide variety of glass pieces.
On any given day you’ll be providing instruction to students participating in GlassRoots’ long and short term programs, teaching adults in recreational programs, and maintaining the hot shop. Additional responsibility includes the creation of sales and commissioned works.
The position begins as soon as March 1. This is part-time position, with growth potential, which will begin with 15-20 hours per week to assist with our growing demand.
Reposted due to staff relocation
We are seeking a skilled storyteller, fundraiser, and ‘donor-engager’ with the energy and creativity to take our development efforts to a new level. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of experience with nonprofits, and a desire to work part-time (about 20 hours/ week), with anticipation that this position will grow to a full-time position within three years. The Development Director is responsible for managing our individual giving program, grants portfolio, and contributing to our overall message and communications efforts.
We’re moving to a space over 4x bigger than our current space later this year! During this year of transition, we see this position as a critical part of communicating our vision, impact and excitement, and enlarging our pool of supporters. We are at an important point of evolution for the organization with many opportunities ahead of us to engage new communities and expand our impact.
Our wonderful DD relocated and is finding distance working just isn't working. Lucky for our new hire, our present DD will help with onboarding.
Full job descriptions and application instructions are in the files below. We are committed to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity and to attracting and supporting a staff and board who represent the rich diversity of the communities we serve.
No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.