ECRL Art in Digital Library

The Minnesota Digital Library is thrilled to announce East Central Regional Library’s (ECRL) Kids Design Glass  is a recent addition to Minnesota Reflections. This Library Legacy project is now fully documented in Minnesota Reflections with scans of the oriECRL glass in MDLginal 14 drawings, the artist statements, photographs of the sculpture, and a short video of each sculpture rotating on a turntable.

Kids Design Glass was funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Fund and began with a summer reading program art contest. The contest was open to kids ages 5 to 10. One drawing was chosen from each of  ECRL’s  14 branches. The winning drawings were transformed into three-dimensional blown-glass sculptures by Anthony Michaud-Scorza of Cambridge, Minnesota.

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ALS Legacy Art in Cook Public Library

ALS Cook Glass Fish

Arrowhead Library System (ALS) member, the Cook Public Library will host glass artist  Ron Benson during Cook’s Country Christmas on Friday, December 5, 2014.  The artist will discuss his work and his inspiration for the library’s glass project. He will  have art available for purchase during the event.

Benson recently completed the library’s public art project.  His work has been purchased by the Smithsonian Institute, the Washington National Cathedral and the  Minnesota History Center.

The library’s public art project sponsored by ALS with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Fund for Library Legacy activities.

ECRL Kids Design Glass at MLA

ECRL program at MLA 2014-10

The East Central Regional Library (ECRL) conference session entitled “Creating a Wow! Legacy Project” perfectly met the MLA “Better Together” conference theme.  ECRL staff and Library Legacy project sculptor, transported and installed the glass sculptures created through the “Kids Design Glass” project. Barbara Misselt and Vickie Sorn described the project process. Sculptor Anthony Michaud-Scorza talked about the creation of the art pieces – from children’s artwork to blown glass, assisted by Legacy staff Cortney Walbridge and Patty Thompson.

Note the glass sculptures on the display table in the background.

“Kids Design Glass” was made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

Kids Design Glass Highlighted

Each of the 14 fantastical glass sculptures created as part of the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) Kids Design Glass project are featured in the new issue of  blogg[ED]MN.

The Minnesota Department of Education introduced blogg[ED]MN, as a new communication tool in January 2014.  From updates on new efforts, investments and policies to interviews with education leaders and profiles of innovative schools, blogg[ED]MN offers a place where readers can stay up to date on what’s going on in Minnesota education.

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ECRL Presents Kids Design Glass

ECRL glassblowing 2014East Central Regional Library (ECRL) held a drawing contest at each of the 14 library branches.  The winning child’s drawing from each community was created into a glass sculpture.

ECRL will unveil these 14 exquisite, fun and unique sculptures through a traveling exhibit that will visit each branch library between March 3 – 29, 2014.  Glassblower, Anthony Michaud-Scorza, will present information on the glassblowing process and share details of this creative project, as well as participate in a question and answer period. Check the ECRL calendar for specific dates, times, and locations.