I have always been drawn to glass art, be it stained glass windows or sculptures or even functional glass pieces. I always planned to work with stained glass once work and family responsibilities would allow. Then came BAGI Discovery classes.
This time last year I took a floppy bowl course purchased through a Groupon Deal. I had no idea that BAGI even existed until I stumbled upon it. I thought glass art was only created in Seattle. I never dreamed it would be in my own back yard! I then went to a Snowman Discovery class with my two daughters. From that point on I have been bitten by the hot glass bug. Glass Blowing 1A, Australian Roll-Up, Color, and many Practice Sessions later I am actually renting bench time on my own and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it.
Then came the news that BAGI, this gem of an institution I had just found was closing. I thought to myself that this can’t happen. If BAGI closes it will be almost impossible to restart. So I started to come up with a plan to help out BAGI. This has led to me to joining the board as well as heading the Volunteer Committee.
I can’t express how important volunteers are to BAGI. We could raise fees for rentals and/or classes to help cover expenses, but I think that will cause individuals to be unable financially to get involved in glass art. And raising fees will not guarantee that BAGI will break even. The bottom line is that BAGI needs the community to volunteer when and however they can. Everyone can help and no effort is too small!
Look at the huge success we just had at the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! This event would have never been possible without our strong volunteer community.
In the meantime events and opportunities will come up to help put BAGI in front of the community to raise public awareness of the organization, and raise money. I look forward to the BAGI community helping to make BAGI a success.