Corning, N.Y. (WENY) - The Corning Museum of Glass received a $469,000 grant for their GlassBarge. Combined with the grant they received last year, the project has now received about $750,000.
Senior Director of Creative Strategy Rob Cassetti says they will benefit from the grant in a number of ways. He says, "That will help us to build out the GlassBarge, complete the build out of the GlassBarge, fund programming and then also to market the program next summer in 2018."
In May 2018, the GlassBarge will launch statewide deployment along New York State waterways. It will travel north on the Hudson, then westward along the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo, stopping in places such as Yonkers, Kingston,Syracuse, and Rochester.
In each port city, the museum will provide free glassblowing demonstrations for the public from the deck.
Cassetti described the historical importance of the route. He says, "2018 celebrates the 150th anniversary of glass-making coming to Corning. It actually came here from Brooklyn, and we'll retrace that journey by water from Brooklyn all the way back here to the finger lakes."
The anniversary is in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the Eerie canal, making the project very interesting for their partners in New York.
Cassetti claims the GlassBarge will help bring visitors to the area. He says, "We'll be bringing the GlassBarge and our signature hot glass show to major markets across New York state, all of which are feeder markets for visitation and tourism here in Corning and the Finger Lakes so it's really our invitation to the rest of New York state to come visit corning and the Finger Lakes."
The grant was given by Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program, the New York State Canal Corporation, and New York State Council on the Arts.