Pictured above is Nkosi Barber, a recent graduate of the Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy in Chicago. Barber was one of six emerging glass artists from at-risk glass programs to attend the 2015 Expanding Horizons program at the Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.
Six successful applicants for the 2018 Expanding Horizons program
Since 2015, students from educational outreach programs around the country that offer glass courses to underserved youth have been participating in the"Expanding Horizons" program. A four-year-old partnership between The Corning Museum of Glass Studio and the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation, provides an opportunity to six promising glass art students to participate in a week-long intensive educational program that takes place at the Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass. Students, and their mentors, spend a week immersed in glass art, from the state-of-the-art studios where they learn from top instructors, to the museum galleries, where they are taken on a curator-led tours.
The class of 2018 includes:
From Ignite Glass in Chicago: Jalen Pittman, who will be accompanied by his mentor, Joe Waropay;and Ivynise Velez, who will attend with her her mentor, Kit Skinner.
From the Firehouse Art Studio in Chicago: Julian Brundidge, who will be accompanied by his mentor, N’Kosi Barber, and Trevelli Jones, who will attend with mentor Risa Recio
From Hilltop Artists in Tacoma, Washington: Dominique Baldwin, who will attend with her mentor, Jessica Hogan.
From Little Black Pearl in Chicago; Jamia Johnson, who will attend with mentor Alex Kruger.
For the past four years, "Expanding Horizons" has been bringing the most talented students in after-school glass-art programs to the most important museum and educational facility devoted to glass art. The program is a partnership between the Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass and the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation.
For more information on the program and how to apply, visit the Outreach page.