UrbanGlass welcomes new executive director
June 3, 2013
Ahead of the opening of its new 17,000-square-foot headquarters in the historic Strand Theater this fall, cultural institution UrbanGlass has hired a new executive director. Cybele Maylone previously worked with organizations such as apexart and the New Museum and hopes to continue UrbanGlass’s history of serving the neighborhood and the artists within it.
“UrbanGlass is the only non-profit organization in New York City devoted to glass,” Maylone said. “Glass is a material that is used by people from across the creative spectrum – artists, designers, and architects all work in the material.”
Nearly 40 years ago, UrbanGlass opened its doors as the first artist-access glass center in the United States. Today, it remains the only studio of its type in the New York metropolitan area and is one of the largest in the country.
Over 150 artists each year use the space as their primary studios, but the organization is not only for experienced artists. It aims to provide knowledge to anyone willing to learn, through their extensive class schedule and the five Open Houses they host each year. The seasoned artists who work with the organization provide classes and demonstrations for every skill level on glass blowing, mosaics, stained glass, and more.
And, in its efforts to give back to the community, UrbanGlass hosts a program for economically disadvantaged women called The Bead Project. The project is a combination of classes along with local business development courses that provide women with the knowledge and information needed to successfully produce and market their creations.
“The program is incredible and the impact that it has on the participants is really significant – not only do students learn about how to manage a small business, but they work with their hands, in our studios, learning a new art form,” Maylone said.
And for those who like to do their learning about glass by reading about it, there’s Glass Quarterly, an art magazine dedicated to critical discussion of instillations and sculptures as well as providing a platform to expose the work of new and upcoming artists.