Michigan Glass Project Aims to Raise Funds for Arts Education in Detroit Schools

One of the largest glassblowing festivals in Michigan, the three-days arts festival raised $80K last year

Kicking off today, the Michigan Glass Project is a three-day arts, music and glassblowing festival that takes place at the Russell Industrial Center. 80 glassblowers from around the city, state and country are set to create elaborately designed pieces to auction off to benefit local non-profit Art Road. Art Road aims to bring arts education back into Detroit public schools — a vital issue in a school district with only half of its schools currently offering arts or music education.

CultureShift talks with Michigan Glass Project founder Allison Key and Art Road executive director Carol Hofgartner to find out more about the festival.

You can find out more about tickets to the festival as well as a full list of events and after-parties via the official Michigan Glass Project website.


  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.