Here at Artbeadscene, we love art beads for many reasons, their handcrafted quality, beauty and the people who create and appreciate them. It’s especially heartening when art beads contribute to a greater good in our community. 2007 marks the 10th anniversay of one such program,The Bead Projectat Urban Glass.
Founded in 1997 by Annette Rose-Shapiro, The Bead Project provides 50 hours of glass and jewelry making instruction to low income women. Interested women complete an application and, if accepted, are offered a scholarship. The goal of The Bead Project is to assist women in becoming economically self sufficient.
Annually, Urban Glass hosts the Bead Expo where glass beadmakers join with the women of The Bead Project to sell their art beads. Members of The Bead Project are given free tables to showcase their work. Glass beadmakers donate beads for a raffle whose proceeds go to support The Bead Project.
Happy Birthday to The Bead Project! Artbeadscene wishes you many more!
(Beads made by members/graduates of The Bead Project: Christine Gant, Rosemary Westbrook, Rosita Walsh)