GIRLS INC.

Girls Inc. created a Glass Flower Chandelier

Girls Inc came to Dallas Glass Art and learned glass history, technology, process, engineering, chemistry and experienced glass blowing.

 

Carlyn Ray, founder of Carlyn Ray Designs, said, “It has been a joy to see these girls light up while combining learning with creating as well as individual discovery with teamwork. It is my hope that through working with me on this project, they feel my passion and it fuels them to find and follow theirs. Just like each glass flower, each girl is just as important as the next and also just as unique and special.”  

Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas aims to inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. For more than 45 years, Girls Inc. has provided effective life skills and enrichment programs that empower girls to take daily charge of their lives. At four campuses and through outreach programs, Girls Inc. offers learning and development opportunities for personal effectiveness, academics, and career planning so that girls ages six to 18 are inspired to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives. To learn more, visit www.girlsincdallas.org.

Carlyn Ray and ARO team worked with Girls Inc. to teach the art of glass blowing to middle school girls between the ages of 9 and 13 years. The experience occurred over the course of several weeks and was designed to strengthen the girls’ understanding of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) principles by using a hands-on approach. The students were able to take what they learn in the classroom and create a beautiful chandelier of flowers.

 

Lori Palmer, CEO of Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas said, “This sculpture created a unique learning experience for each girl, not only through working with professionals to create the glass piece, but also the integration of STEAM into the creation of a large collaborative piece.”

The sculpture was displayed for a while in the prestigious collection at NorthPark Center.  “NorthPark’s dedication to both the arts and our Dallas community made this partnership a perfect fit,” said Taylor Zakarin, Manager of Arts Programming for NorthPark. “We are thrilled to give the talented young ladies from Girls Inc. an opportunity to see their hard work exhibited amongst NorthPark’s art collection, which includes some of the world’s most famous artists.”

Out of the hot glass, each girl made several different flowers for the chandelier and attached it to the frame.  From choosing the colors and shapes, the girls were the makers and designers.

The girls took a field trip to John Christian Designs to learn about welding, fabricating, and the math and science which brings it all together.

With Katrina Doran and her son Taylor Bryant, the girls created beautiful mandalas and also a large rabbit using terrerea and geometry.

There were several different STEAM learning stations which were created specificially for the girls coordinating both with what they were learning in school and the activity in the studio.

NorthPark Installation and beyond

The Chandelier was installed at NorthPark and looked stunning!  The chandelier is on hold and will either go into an art leasing program or will be sold to raise raise money for more creative STEAM events.

Carlyn Ray, founder of Carlyn Ray Designs, said, “It has been a joy to see these girls light up while combining learning with creating as well as individual discovery with teamwork. It is my hope that through working with me on this project, they feel my passion and it fuels them to find and follow theirs. Just like each glass flower, each girl is just as important as the next and also just as unique and special.” 

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