Glass Axis Relocating to Franklinton
Franklinton can add another feather in its cap as the city’s new arts district with today’s announcement that Glass Axis will be relocating to the area in October. The organization will make its new home in a 12,500 square foot warehouse located at 610 West Town Street, not far from the new Columbus Idea Foundry, 400 West Rich and Beacon Hall.
“For over a decade we’ve loved our current location in Grandview, but due to market pressures and the new developer who bought the building that houses the current Glass Axis, we can no longer afford to lease the building,” says Eva Ball, Director of Strategic Development at Glass Axis. “We see this as an opportunity to take our time and make this the best Glass Axis ever, meeting the needs of those we serve while growing our audience and supporting the city in its redevelopment of East Franklinton.”
The new location will continue to be a hub for glass art making, education and community participation. Glass Axis is a non-profit organization with over 25 years of history providing artists and students with the tools to create glass works. The organization will be able to add five new full time jobs through this expansion, and plans to work on equipment sharing collaborations with other neighborhood creative centers.
“This is the start of something good,” said Glass Axis member artist Amy Ritter. “Glass is a small family in the world of art and it’s important to keep it alive and help facilitate the expansion of this material in the Midwest.”
Currently, Glass Axis is raising funds for the relocation, which includes contributions from The Columbus Foundation’s Fund for Financial Innovation.
“The purpose of this grantmaking opportunity is to encourage nonprofits to generate and implement ideas that can promote long-term sustainability,” said Doug Kridler, president and CEO of The Columbus Foundation. “We have terrific nonprofit leadership in our community-and through the Fund for Financial Innovation we are happy to provide resources to help them grow their organizations in a strategic way.”
The next fundraising event is “Glassquerade” — a Mardi Gras style celebration of glass culture. That event takes place on Saturday, March 8 at the current Glass Axis location at 1341 Norton Avenue, and includes a glass fashion show, a regional glass exhibition, glass making workshops and more.
The new location is scheduled to open to Members on September 1st and to the general public on October 1st. The current location will remain open through September 14th.
Anyone interested in making a donation to The Glass Axis relocation can do so online, HERE.
For more information, visit www.glassaxis.org.
Photo by Walker Evans.