Events and Fundraisers

Help Art Road bring art classes back into schools! Join us for special events and fundraisers.

The Michigan Glass Project July 2017 Main Event

The Michigan Glass Project Main Event July 21-23, 2017 at the Russell Industrial Center
1600 Clay St. Detroit, MI 48211

The Michigan Glass Project, is hosting a three-day glassblowing festival with live art and music at The Russell Industrial Center for the benefit of Art Road Nonprofit.

WHAT: The Michigan Glass Project is a Detroit 501(c)(3) nonprofit group of glass artists.

This is the sixth year the Project is hosting a three-day glassblowing festival open to the public to benefit a local Detroit organization. For the third year in a row, Art Road Nonprofit is the chosen beneficiary. Local and national artisans will work their medium live for attendees to enjoy. Finished work will be sold in auction to benefit Art Road Nonprofit.  Last year’s glassblowing festival raised $80,000 for Art Road.

This is a fundraising event that is unlike any other. The Project has established a festival style work space where artists can band together on a common goal that goes beyond their every day art lives. This is a place where artists can open up in collaboration on a philanthropic project bringing positive change to the needs of the community.

“Our 2017 beneficiary, Art Road provides arts activity classes, including supplies and an instructor, at no cost to Metro Detroit Area elementary and middle schools that lack art programs. We chose this organization because as artists we are passionate about our art and believe all children need an artistic outlet through art programs which enhances a child’s educational experience.  It pains most artists to see art programs disappear from our schools. We want to see art classes back in public schools not just in Detroit but statewide. Our goal is to make that a reality. We strive to create a space where artists can use their talents to help reach that goal. In 2016, we were fortunate enough to garner enough support from the glass industry and local and national art scene to cut Art Road a check for $80,000. We plan to top that donation this year.”

“From 2012-2014, the Belle Isle Aquarium was the recipient of our fundraising event with $36,000 given to assist with refurbishing the infrastructure of the aquarium.  It was exciting for us watch a disregarded Detroit institution be restored to its original beauty and be a point of destination for thousands of visitors each week.  The Michigan Glass Project is proud to have been a major donor to the restoration of the aquarium.”

– Allison Key, Director, The Michigan Glass Project

WHO: This weekend’s event features more than 100 glassblowing artists, 25 live graffiti artists and painters, 65 vendor booths, a large scale silent auction, and 60 local and national DJs and musicians collaborating to raise funds for charity.

WHEN:  Friday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 22, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 23, 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

WHERE: The Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay Street Detroit, MI 48211



Friday: Marble Show at The Marble Bar 1501 Holden St Detroit, MI 48202

Saturday: Garden Party at The Whitney Garden 4421 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201

Sunday: Live Auction at 7pm at The Russell Industrial Center

VISUALS: Glassblowing demonstrations; live graffiti and painting; jewelry demonstration, art activity area for children; silent auction; food & drink, live music; vendors

For more information, weekend schedule, and detailed list of participating artists and musical acts visit:



April 22nd from 9 am to 3 pm

Located outside the Ford Education Building.

Discounted Admission on April 22nd, for each guest that brings a cell phone for recycling will receive a reduced admission price of $9.

Thank You to our "Champion of the Great Lakes" Sponsor, The Reid Family Foundation.

Our Recycled Fish Sculptures will be on exhibition from April 22 to July 9, 2017.
They were created in fall of 2016 with recycled items and found objects from shorelines of the Great Lakes donated by
The Alliance for the Great Lakes. 150 elementary school students from the Charles Wright Academy of Arts & Science along with Todd Patrick of Todd Patrick Design (who was the Lead Designer and builder on the project), along with volunteers from The Michigan Glass Project, Juice Box Studio, and Kensington Woods High School Students.

We educated our art students about the Great Lakes, trash pollution in our lakes (and the effects), and about ways to pick up trash in their own school and neighborhood.  Art Road was inspired by Washed Ashore, an organization that creates art to save the sea with their sculptures made with trash that has washed ashore.


8th Annual Tiger's Opening Day Tailgate!

Join us Friday April 7th  2017 from 10 am to 1 pm for our 8th Annual Tiger's Opening Day Tailgate Party!
At the Detroit Opera House Parking Lot, 1526 Broadway, Detroit, MI

Hosted for the eighth year by Dan Ryan and College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving!
Entry Fee: $10 or art supplies for Art Road's classroom (construction paper, watercolor paints, glue sticks).
Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Beverages will be provided!

Last year we raised over $1,200 and a truckload of supplies!  and the Tiger's Won!

Thank you College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving (especially Dan and Pat) and your gracious
vendors for providing the tailgate supplies!


Michigan Glass Project 2016 Photos

The Michigan Glass Project Main Event was held on July 22nd through July 24th featuring 100 glassblowers from around the country, 25 graffiti artists and 63 vendors. Master Glassblowers Banjo and Bob Snodgrass were headliners of the week-end long LIVE Glassblowing and Art Making weekend. Last year the event raised over $40,000 for Art Road.

Indoor Zone

Outdoor Zone


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