The Michigan Glass Project presenting a $100,000 check to Art Road at Vernor Elementary School, which had lacked art for over a decade prior to the 2017 donation that made it possible.







  Live Glassblowing and Arts Festival to Benefit Art Instruction in Detroit Schools

2018 Proceeds expected to exceed $100,000

DETROIT - The Michigan Glass Project is hosting their glassblowing and live arts festival to benefit Art Road Nonprofit, Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22, 2018. This dynamic cause is set to occupy the Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay Street Detroit, MI 48211. For the seventh year in a row, The Michigan Glass Project is offering a chance for the community to be a part of their mission, to aid in providing children with artistic outlets. Art Road is a nonprofit organization that immerses students from metro Detroit schools, in the benefits of art instruction. This is the fourth year that Art Road is the chosen beneficiary of The Michigan Glass Project’s main event.

"Our event space is very special. There is such beauty in the ease of which individuals can contribute to the mission on a grassroots level, by donating art or buying art or by simply showing up to see music or watch glassblowing,” says Co-founder/Executive Director of The Michigan Glass Project, Allison Key. “The huge donation checks we write to Art Road, each year, are a testament to what a united force of people can do when they pool their talents and resources for a common cause. It's so amazing to see the part that each individual plays in art class for children in Detroit public schools, and for those people who attend the event to know that they had a part in that outcome."

Glass artists from all over the country will work live throughout the weekend, creating pieces for the silent auction that ends Sunday, at 6 p.m. A large-scale art gallery will showcase donated paintings, photographs, and prints, many made by live painters on site. Attendees will be able to view the artwork as it’s created and place bids. On Sunday evening, a live auction will feature a handful of the most stellar pieces produced or donated throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the artwork sold, auctioned, or raffled, will contribute to the fundraiser. Members of the community are welcome to enjoy the festivities, along with cuisine from local food trucks and a cash bar. Ticket and bar sales will also benefit the cause.

“We are so grateful to The Michigan Glass Project’s community of glass artists, their families, and all the vendors from around the country that united in their belief that art class matters for students in Detroit,” says, Executive Director of Art Road Nonprofit, Carol Hofgartner. “We are so thankful to Allison Key and Drew Kups, Co-Founders of The Michigan Glass Project; for all their hard work, making art class possible for our fourth school this year, and helping us to achieve the dream of a fifth school next year through this year’s event. Thank you for your amazing event, donation, and support of Art Road and our mission.”

Following each day of arts, food, music and fun, the experience will continue via after parties at some of Detroit’s hottest venues.

Weekend Schedule:
Friday, July 20, Noon-10 p.m.: Main Event at the Russell Industrial Center
Friday, July 20, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.: Marble show at the Marble Bar
Saturday, July 21, Noon-10 p.m.: Main Event at the Russell Industrial Center
Saturday, July 21, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.: Whitney Garden Party/Millefiori gathering at The Whitney Mansion
Sunday, July 22, Noon-Midnight: Main Event space at the Russell Industrial Center
Silent Auction ends Sunday at 6 p.m.
Live Auction starts at 7 p.m.

Highlights to enjoy:
§ 70 borosilicate glass artists working on torches, with 35 headlining glass artists
§ 84 vendors
§ 53 DJs & live music acts (local & national)
§ 15 live painters
§ 13 glass beadmakers
§ 12 hot shop glass artists

Main Event:
$30 for a weekend pass
$15 for a day pass
After parties: $10 at the door, or $5 with main event wristband

For more information visit: and Tickets are available at the door and at

About The Michigan Glass Project
The Michigan Glass Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Their mission is to unite artists through charitable events that create and foster positive change in the community. They offer a chance for artisans and craftspeople to give back to their community through simply connecting with one another and doing what they love. Since its inception in 2012, they have donated $36,000 to The Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit, the nation’s oldest aquarium. Proceeds from the 2015 main event enabled them to issue a $40,000

donation check to Art Road. The 2016 event allowed them to double that donation to $80,000. Previously, Art Road was only able to provide art to grades K-5 at Spain Elementary, but the increased funds enabled the addition of middle schoolers to the roster. Funds from last year’s main event marked a milestone in giving when they hit a $100,000 goal, allowing Art Road’s expansion to a fourth school.

About Art Road Nonprofit
Art Road Nonprofit’s mission is for children throughout Southeastern Michigan, to have access to art instruction. Since 2004, Art Road has brought art class back to over 12,000 elementary and middle school students. This past school year, Art Road provided art instruction, all year long, to four elementary and middle schools in metro Detroit. The goal for the 2018-2019 school year, with the help of The Michigan Glass Project and all the artists from around the country that will come to Detroit, is to include a fifth school that lacks art instruction in their curriculum. That’s approximately 2,200 students that will have a chance to explore their own creativity through art class.






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