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: