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 nine 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 from 9:30-1:30. 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 hot head 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.

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.

Where can I download the application?

See the large button at your right! Or you can apply online!

Want to see more?  Check out this great video produced by Vialogues!

Additional Questions? Please contact Helena Parriott at UrbanGlass, email or call: 718-625-3685 x246.


The Bead Project is generously supported by the Agnes Varis Trust, Eileen Fisher, 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.