Over 100 friends and glass art appreciators turned up to help us celebrate our groundbreaking on March 23.
The rainclouds parted just in time for inspiring words from our founder, Kathleen Mulcahy, and remarks from local leaders and supporters, including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Deputy Mayor City of Pittsburgh Jake Pawlak, State Senator Lindsey Williams, and State Representative Sara Innamorato. Ricardo Maiz, President of Vitro Architectural Glass, also announced the company’s pivotal donation of the interior and exterior glass for the expansion of the facility.
For the grand finale, we poured hot molten glass from our second story window into the parking lot, laying a symbolic foundation for a brighter future for glass in Pittsburgh.
Watch the glass pour in the video here, and watch the full event with remarks online.
Nearly $11 million of the $15 million capital campaign—chaired by Jim and Kathe Patrinos—has been raised so far.
This expansion project will allow us to create more studio space, grow our unique apprenticeship program, create a retail store, and allow space for more community programming.
Expanded facilities will be transformational for Pittsburgh Glass Center, the East End of Pittsburgh, the constituents we serve, and the wider international glass art community as they will strengthen our capacity to advance a more diverse, vibrant, and accessible glass art community.
Stay tuned for exciting updates. You will hear from us in the coming months with new information about our plans for the future and what to expect during construction.