The Bead Project
The Bead Project is a scholarship program designed for creatively inclined, economically disadvantaged women. Over the course of ten classes at the UrbanGlass studios, students learn the art of glass beadmaking, simple jewelry fabrication techniques, and the entrepreneurial skills to develop a business plan. The Bead Project offers students a transformative experience, new tools for self-expression, and the skills to turn glass bead making into a viable form of income, while becoming a part of a dynamic creative community. Application deadlines are August 15 for Fall semester, and February 15 for Spring semester. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to participate in The Bead Project?
Women 18 years or older, living in the New York Metropolitan Area. The mission of The Bead Project is to assist women in financial need. We do not have a specific household income threshold; each application will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Our goal is that once equipped with the unique skill of glass beadmaking, students can turn their beads and jewelry into a source of additional income. Full-time students and/or those with full-time jobs are not encouraged to apply.
How often does The Bead Project run?
Each year we run a Fall and Spring Semester of The Bead Project, with twelve students each semester. Application deadlines are August 15 for Fall semester, and February 15 for Spring semester. Applications are accepted throughout the year - apply today!
When do classes meet?
There are ten class sessions. Fall classes are typically held Sunday mornings and Spring classes are typically held on a weekday morning. Additional self-scheduled studio time is expected to complete course requirements.
I have never worked with glass before, can I apply?
Yes! The Bead Project is designed for students new to working with glass.
What will The Bead Project teach me?
At UrbanGlass, The Bead Project teaches the basics of glass beadmaking using a flameworking torch. Students learn about equipment and tools; safety procedures for working with hot glass; a brief history and survey of bead types and styles; and resources for purchasing glass and other beadmaking supplies. Class also includes professional development resources to aid students in developing a plan to market and sell their work.
I have submitted my application, now what happens?
We will review all applications after the application deadline (February 15 for Spring, and August 15 for Fall). If you seem to be a good candidate for the program, we will set up an interview to learn more about you and discuss the program in detail.
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Additional Questions? Please contact Alejandra at UrbanGlass, email email@example.com or call: 718-625-3685 x244.
The Bead Project is generously supported by the Agnes Varis Trust, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, New York City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, New York City Councilmember Stephen Levin, and many individual donors.
Bead Project Application
The Bead Project is an UrbanGlass outreach program created in 1997 to serve economically disadvantaged women living in the New York Area. Offered free of charge, The Bead Project Core program provides ten weeks of instruction in beadmaking and jewelry assembly with the goal of providing a source of long-term supplemental income. Tools and supplies are given to the students upon completion of the course so they may continue to produce work at home. Open to women 18 and over; admission by application only.