Goodwill Columbus, Glass Axis, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities & VSA Team Up To Bring “Glass Works” to Artists With Disabilities

Local artists with disabilities will soon have an opportunity to explore the craft of glass art.

 “Glass Works,” a collaboration between the Goodwill Columbus Art Studio and Gallery, Glass Axis, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and VSA Ohio, will bring glass arts to artists with disabilities through an eight-week comprehensive glass art class. The organizations joined together to plan the class.

 As a kickoff event for the collaborative, Goodwill Columbus participant artist Charlotte McGraw will team up with Goodwill and Glass Axis staff to educate the local arts community about working with artists with disabilities. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 at Goodwill Columbus’s headquarters, 1331 Edgehill Road.  Goodwill Columbus is accessible from COTA bus lines #3 and #5. The public is encouraged to attend, the cost is $50.

  “Goodwill and Glass Axis have both served artists with disabilities for years,” said Holly Adkins-Ardrey, director of the Goodwill Art Studio and Gallery. “By joining together with other strong organizations for this initiative, we can widen our scope and reach more artists with disabilities.”

 An eight-week class following the kickoff will begin on April 8 at Glass Axis, located at 1341 Norton Ave. The program will be the first of its kind in the area, covering the basics of creating beautiful glass art. “We will have a program that we can then share with people across the country so other organizations can open their doors and unlock the potential of artists with disabilities,” said Don Sell, Glass Works program manager.  After the sessions are completed, artists will be given the opportunity to participate in an exhibition and sell their work at Glass Axis’s holiday sale.

 ABOUT GOODWILL COLUMBUS:

Goodwill Columbus has been proudly serving the local community for 75 years. Since 1939 the organization has dedicated itself to building independence, quality of life and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers. Goodwill Columbus is the sixth largest nonprofit in central Ohio and is among the top 50 largest employers central Ohio.  Goodwill Columbus provides nearly 1.2 million hours of service to more than 4,100 participants with disabilities and other barriers through day habilitation programs, community-based supported living services, employment training and job placement services. For more information on Goodwill Columbus, please visit our website at www.goodwillcolumbus.org.

 ABOUT GLASS AXIS:

Glass Axis is a 10,000 square-foot nonprofit art center providing artists, students, and community members the tools necessary to passionately create innovative works in glass while learning, sharing, and teaching. Member artists have access to affordable glass blowing, glass fusing, torch working, cold working, stained glass and neon facilities, plus studio, exhibition, education, outreach, and income-producing opportunities all under one roof. By linking artists to the thousands of patrons that visit the art center each year for courses, demonstrations, exhibitions, and special events, Glass Axis becomes a vibrant civic hub of art production and community participation, bolstering sustainable cultural equity throughout Ohio and beyond.