Sunday, October 08, 2023

DC’s Washington Glass School and Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington and Vets

DC’s Washington Glass School and Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington Join Forces to Empower Veterans through Glass Sculpture Workshops!

“What’s bad for your heart is good for your art.”

Perhaps no one understands this truth better than Veterans, many of whom endure pain of all types. It’s also true for many that creating something out of that pain promotes healing – so much so that DC’s Veteran’s Affairs has partnered with the Washington Glass School (WGS) and the Museum of Glass (MOG) in Tacoma, WA. to bring the restorative power of art to active duty patients and Veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorders.  

Started in 2013 at Takoma’s MOG, the Hot Shop Heroes program has been dedicated to teaching glass safety procedures, fundamental glassmaking techniques and team building skills. In one of the first partnerships with the MOG, WGS will add metal working and special glass casting techniques to the intensive arts encounter.

A new arts community will be created, one that brings Veterans and artists together. For the next 8 weeks the healing power of glass as a sculptural medium will culminate in a special exhibition of artwork coinciding with the WGS Holiday Open Studio scheduled for December 9, 2023.

Founded in 2001, the Washington Glass School continues to engage the larger community through the promotion, development, display, and amplification of many voices, lived experiences and backgrounds.