Fab Lab Lecture on Public Art and Community at MLK Library with WGS co-Director Michael Janis

By Michael Janis on May 16, 2022
Glass Sculpture Public Art in Washington, DC.
Day and Night images of DC Public Art. Photo by Laurie Brown.
Talk: Saturday, May 21 at 1pm

Michael Janis, co-director of the Washington Glass School, will give a lecture on how he created a glass archway with art provided by the community in Ward 7.

Michael Janis, co-director of the Washington Glass School, spearheaded the creation of “Green Community Gateway”, a glass archway meant to mark the “symbolic entrance” to the Kenilworth/Parkside section of DC’s Ward 7. Through a series of glass “quilting bees”, Washington Glass School brought together neighborhood residents, students of the high school, and the staff of the Unity Healthcare facility to make glass art that would become an integral part of the arch.

During this lecture, Janis will talk about what it took to bring all these pieces together into a piece of public art. He will also touch on the Washington Glass School’s long history of public art projects.

This program will take place in the auditorium at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Register at bit.ly/labsclasses.

ASL interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation requests, please contact DCPLaccess@dc.gov or call 202-727-2142.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is located at 901 G Street NW.

The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is a dynamic source of information, programs, books and services, among them is their Makers Program, that includes a Fabrication Lab. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library’s “Fab Lab”, complete with 3D printers, a laser cutter, soldering equipment, other machines is part of a new movement of public libraries embracing the “maker movement.” DCPL’s maker program is the largest of its kind in a public library, as they see the program as a force to bring together makers, artists, and creative people of all types and from all fields and backgrounds, encouraging cross-disciplinary cooperation. As part of the public engagement, the DCPL Makers & DIY Program is hosting a series of artist and makers lectures at the newly refurbished MLK Memorial Library auditorium.

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Michael Janis, co-director of the Washington Glass School, will give a lecture on how the Washington Glass Studio created a glass archway public art sculpture made with the help of the community in Ward 7.

The “Green Community Gateway“, public art sculpture marks the symbolic entrance to the Kenilworth/Parkside section of DC’s Ward 7. Through a series of glass “quilting bees”, Washington Glass Studio brought together neighborhood residents, students of the high school, and the staff of the newly constructed Unity Healthcare facility to make glass art that would become an integral part of the arch.

glass art quilting bee at Washington Glass School
Community workshop for Ward 7 public art held at Washington Glass School. Photo: WGS.

This lecture program will take place in the auditorium at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Click HERE for more information and to register for the talk.