GIRLS INC. PROJECT
Girls Inc. is a non-profit that focuses on providing these young women with positive experiences and environments to aid goal setting, self awareness, and improve academic performances. And their mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. They have spent several school holidays with us integrating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) while being exposed to different ‘trades’, experiencing different processes, and making amazing art pieces!
The girls visit Dallas Glass Art and work with artist Carlyn Ray and her talented team to create a flower chandelier and also learn about different techniques using glass. In making the chandelier, the girls manipulate hot glass, learn about the engineering of the metal frame, and the installation to hang each glass piece.
ARO (Art Reaching Out) brings professionals in front of young students to open their hearts and minds. Creating art involves self expression. Creating a large scale piece teaches teamwork, the value each piece to create a whole, and sharing a common vision.
These young women are exposed to different studio environments, work with individuals who are passionate about what they do, and are exposed to other career paths. Each step of the way, these girls have learned something about themselves, overcome fears through sparks and fires, and learned to both trust one another and also see the beauty of working together as a team.
Special thanks to Clayton Elliott for donating to this project as well as the Fritz Duda Foundation for continued support. Girls Inc. would also like to thank GE Capital for the opportunity by providing funding to Girls Inc.
We worked with the 9-11 year old girls
Carlyn is explaining how when she was their age she first saw glass and fell in love with it. Through hard work and grit, she has made it her profession and loves 'working' everyday.
Each individual flower is unique and beautiful... and as a whole the piece is spectacular!
Each flower is needed to make the chandelier complete.
After several visits, we really were able to get to know each girl. They are all so beautiful, talented, and unique.
Carlyn is able to demo a glass blowing piece and explain when she was their age she never saw a female blowing glass... and still in Murano, they wouldn't see a female. But that didn't stop her, nor should anything stop them from pursuing their dreams.