Hot Glass Inc Joel Ryser
Visual Arts: Glasswork
Hot Glass Inc. offers a unique model for using art as a means for intervention with youth. Teens are faced with a lack of positive activities for their age group. Many of the activities like athletics foster an adversarial relationship as competition becomes more intense and some students are left off the team. Art provides an opportunity for teens to have success without having to compete for a spot on the team or losing a game. At Hot Glass, no students are refused services based on their past behavior, grades, disabilities, or artistic talent. All of our youth programs are tuition-free to the student and funded through grants, schools, and corporate funds. The program at Hot Glass is designed to provide youth with a life changing experience. By working with glass, students develop essential skills including teamwork, communication, planning and decision-making, as well as specific job related applications. Most importantly, they learn that they have the responsibility, and the power, to shape their own futures.
Hot Glass is a hands-on, non-profit shop dedicated to the instruction, presentation, interpretation, collection, documentation and preservation of the contemporary glass art movement with a special focus on team building for organizations. It will become the premier center for the advancement of glass art for the Greater Quad City Region. This “one-of-a-kind” facility will provide people of all ages (but particularly our youth) the opportunity to experience and enjoy glass art. Our goal is to connect all sectors of our community with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds and to improve life experiences through glass art.