On Saturday, November 9, 2013, the Toledo Museum of Art will be participating in Veterans Glassblowing Day, a national movement whose mission is to provide US veterans and active duty personnel with a free opportunity to experience glassblowing. The intention is to expose members of the military to a potentially marketable skill, create joy through artistic expression, and build community.
For its part, the Museum will host an afternoon of hands-on glass experiences at the Glass Pavilion for veterans and those actively serving. A limited number of Art Hours experiences will be offered to military personnel at 1, 2 and 4 p.m. To reserve a spot, call 419-245-5771 x7448. These hands on experiences are free with a valid military ID.
Between 1 and 3 pm, retired US Navy Chief Quartermaster and “ship in a bottle” folk artist Charles Nichols will be available to talk about his work, which will be displayed in the Glass Pavilion, and share stories about his experiences in the service. A glassblowing demonstration will take place from 3 – 4 pm in the Hot Shop. Both activities are free and open to the general public.
While 2013 is the inaugural year for this event, the long-term goal of Veterans Glassblowing Day is to create a non-profit organization that will offer scholarships for veterans to attend glassblowing classes and apprentice with professional artists.
To learn more about Veterans Glassblowing Day, visit www.veteransglassblowingday.org.