Detroit — Carol Hofgartner’s mission is simple.
She was able to see the world because she followed her passion of art and music, a passion that started when the Dearborn native was back in elementary school.
Blossom works on her piece at The Michigan Glass Project on July 20, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Mears, The Detroit News, File)
Now, Hofgartner says, she’s able to give back and help children get in touch with their creative side.
“Every day of the week we’re in the schools,” said Hofgartner, co-founder of Art Road along with her husband, Stephen. “What we do is create the base of imagination and set them free.”
Hofgartner’s Livonia-based nonprofit, whose mission is to bring art classes back to Metro Detroit schools without them, is looking to get a big boost from a fundraiser this weekend in Detroit.
Glass artists work on their pieces during The Michigan Glass Project, a festival of glass, music and arts benefiting art programs in Detroit Public Schools at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit, Michigan in this July 20, 2018, file photo. (Photo: Daniel Mears, The Detroit News, File)
Proceeds from the Michigan Glass Project’s weekend glassblowing and live arts festival. at the Russell Industrial Center on Detroit’s east side. will be donated to Art Road, now 15 years into its mission. Some 5,000 guests are expected.
The Hofgartners’ mission started in 2004, when Art Road was granted 501(c)(3) status. Since then, its art classes have touched approximately 14,000 schoolchildren in Metro Detroit.
During the 2018-19 school year, Art Road offered classes in five schools, serving nearly 2,100 students: Detroit’s Spain Elementary/Middle School, the Charles Wright Arts Academy, Thomas Edison Elementary School, Ecorse’s Ralph Bunche Academy and Grandport Middle School.
Artists Louie Sanchez and Rebecca Silverman work on a glass goblet that was auctioned at the 2018 Michigan Glass Project. (Photo: Daniel Mears, The Detroit News, File)