ESD: The Foundation

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In this photos, Carlyn is receiving a gift from ESD to have her name engraved on a plaque in gratitude for the work she has done with the students.   

The idea of Art Reaching Out (ARO) began when Carlyn was a student at ESD and listened to Father Swann in a chapel talk mention the words "purpose" and "path".  Carlyn said this made her think of her challenges and also how fortunate she was to be in a supportive community.  From this moment, she began down her path of creating her own art and sharing her positive experiences with other students, like herself, who are disadvantaged in some way.  


“Being learning different myself, I have a passion to provide educational lessons and activities that resonate with creative thinkers while providing encouragement, access to role models, and life lessons. Being a visual and hands-on learner and combining education with art comes naturally to me as a dyslexic student. While working for the Corning Museum of Glass, I had revelations at seeing how students can relate STEAM principles through creation of glass art. Science and math finally came alive to me. After the Museum, I worked for Dale Chihuly and witnessed the positive team experience felt in collaboration and being a part of something larger than one’s self.

Moreover, the learning process of creating these pieces also offers students a venue to the trades and working opportunities available in various fields that I feel offer many opportunities. I have created the principles of ARO around what personally worked for me. I strive to incorporate the positive experiences from my colorful training and aim to share the magic of glass art and creation with as many students and people as possible. These experiences changed my life and I know that these processes and creations have a great impact on both individuals and our community.” - Carlyn Ray