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COVID-19 Response

October 9th, 2020

UrbanGlass is continuing our phased reopening! Programs are restarting, both in-person and virtually, the studio is buzzing with new work and fabrication projects, our administrative staff is beginning to return consistently to the office, and our tech staff continues to work extremely hard to facilitate studio protocols and keep our community safe. This was proven by a recent wipe test administered by Geosyntec, a consulting and engineering firm working with us on our Covid-19 response, which came back negative for any trace of the virus. Thank you so much, techs!

Governor Cuomo recently enacted a New Cluster Action Initiative to address rising cases of coronavirus in certain areas of Brooklyn. The action plan delineates three zones with different severity ratings of red, orange, or yellow. UrbanGlass is not in an identified cluster zone, would not be required to close unless in a red zone, and we are monitoring guidelines from the state. We will keep you informed and share information regularly so our community can plan accordingly. 

Artist Grace Whiteside at work in the studio.

Before scheduling your rental time in the studio, please review all of our updated 2020 Health and Safety Policies, including guidance on returning to the studio, PPE, and more. Please email our Director of Operations,, to schedule time in the studio or with any questions or concerns. 

2020 Studio Residents Alison Siegel & Pam Sabroso making molds.

Our 2020 Studio Residents - Deborah Czeresko, Sarah Greenberger Rafferty, and Pam Sabroso & Alison Siegel - are back at work, exploring new ideas and executing projects in the studio. Check our social media platforms for updates on their process and progress. 

Artist Bianca Abreu leads a virtual beadmaking demonstration.

The Education Team continues to develop virtual offerings, including upcoming UGH!: The UrbanGlass Hotline workshops for all your problem solving needs! UrbanGlass@Home offers free guidance from our staff on a variety of topics from how to write a press release to casting with chocolate at home. We are also offering new virtual tour and demonstration options for your group, party, or school! 

Pratt Survey students at work in the flame shop.

We are several weeks into our first in-person Education Program. Our Pratt Institute Glass Survey course is underway, with students exploring flameworking and kilncasting in our studios. We also recently participated in Fort Greene Park’s Earth Day celebration, handing out Take Home Kits to park goers (look for them soon in our store!). 

The Agnes Varis Art Center remains open with new, reduced hours, from 11:30 am-6:30 pm, Wednesday-Friday. Our staff has been trained on PPE usage and state health guidelines and is ready to welcome you back. Make sure to stop by and enjoy the surreal landscapes of the current exhibition, Outer Special, featuring the work of Lucia Riffel and Lily Reeves, curated by Angelica Fox. 

Art Center Program Coordinator Meg Wachs assisting a customer with virtual personal shopping.

Spend some time in our store, UrbanGlass|Ware, shopping for handcrafted goods to support local artists and craftspeople. If you prefer, you can also shop from the comfort of your home through our online store. We are offering curbside pick-up (available Monday-Friday, 11:30 am-6:30 pm) and virtual personal shopping for your convenience. For more information or to schedule, please email Once you purchase your items, share how they look in your home using the hashtag #myurbanglassware, and we will repost your picture on our instagram and facebook!

When visiting the Art Center Store and Gallery to shop or view our exhibitions, please remember to maintain social distancing and wear a mask. We have hand sanitizer and masks available if needed. 

Our voicemail messages are being directed to our email, as the office staff is not in the space full-time. Please visit the staff page on our website for contact information, and we will respond to your inquiries promptly.  

Young explorers showing off their completed Faux Fused Leaf Take-Home Kits at Fort Greene Park.

We still need your help as we recover from the impacts of COVID!

Gifts made to the UrbanGlass Relief Fund provide urgently needed support to artists who rely on our studios to run their small businesses; the students who visit our facilities to learn to express themselves through contemporary art and craft; and the many members of the public in search of an inclusive community can continue to rely on UrbanGlass into the future. Click here to make your gift at any level.

Resources for the UrbanGlass Community can still be found online here.