|Kay Bain Weiner, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award 2006 in the Glass Art industry, has formed a non-profit Educational Foundation to promote public awareness of glass art, and cultivate the growth of the Glass Art industry.
Mission of the Foundation
The mission of the Kay Bain Weiner Educational Foundation, known as the KBW Foundation, is to stimulate interest and growth in the industry through educational projects. One of the goals of the group is to attract more people into the glass arena by providing scholarships, supplies and books to public schools, colleges and other educational venues. Retailers, studios, artists, manufacturers, publishers, distributors and interested parties can benefit and help by getting involved with this industry growth movement.
Board members include Denny Berkery, Bill Bird, Jacqui Bush, Patty Cerajewski, Maureen James, Lori Mitchell, Ann Sanborne, Debbie Weiner, Herb Weiner, Kay Bain Weiner. Anita Black, Assistant to the Board.
The foundation sponsored a dinner event held during the Glass Craft & Bead Expo 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Featured were lectures and PowerPoint presentations.
A silent auction for glass industry products was also held to benefit the foundation.
Since 2006, scholarships have been presented by the foundation to 24 candidates to attend classes and workshops at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo and other conferences throughout the U.S.
The Foundation, with cooperation of glass art publishers, has distributed over 72,000 glass art books, magazines, videos, and CDs to schools and colleges over the past five years.
Twelve grants have been awarded to public school glass art instructors to purchase glass art supplies for their classes.
Kay has coordinated two seven day Caribbean Glass Art Conference Cruises.
Goals of the Foundation
- Offer additional scholarships yearly to attend various glass conferences or seminar groups held in the US thus far.
- Promote and encourage glass craft classes at public schools, colleges and continuing education facilities, senior citizen centers, YMCA’s, and summer camps.
- KBW Foundation has donated over 72,000 books to public schools and colleges throughout the U.S. books donated by glass art manufacturers and publishers to various public schools and educational facilities.
- Apply for government educational grants to promote glass art through educational projects.
- Offer grants (to purchase glass supplies) to instructors that teach glass art in public schools and colleges.
- Encourage glass artists to apply for artist-in-residence workshops in schools or help set up such programs.
- One scholarship has been awarded to attend a workshop at the Metal Clay World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in August.
- Annual Glass Art Conference Cruise.
Benefactors & Sponsors
The three levels of sponsorship for benefactors to support the glass arts are: Platinum ($5,000.00), Gold ($2,500.00), Silver ($1,000.00) and Stellar.
Platinum Sponsors: Canfield Technologies, Inc., Glastar Corporation in memory of Jerry and Dianne Howard, and Eastman Publications.
Gold Sponsors: Dr. Debra Weiner, Gemini Saw, Glass Patterns Quarterly and Profitable Glass Quarterly.
Silver Sponsors: A Sanborn Corp., Toyo Glass Cutters, Delphi Glass, D & L Stained Glass Supply, Ed Hoy’s International, The Flow Magazine, Glass Accessories International, Las Vegas Management/Glass Craft & Bead Expo, Spectrum Glass, Warner Crafts and Brad Weiner of UBS Financial.
Stellar Sponsors: Art Glass Association, Coatings By Sandberg, Cutters Mate, Gryphon Corp.
Contributors: CKE Publications, Creator's Stained Glass, Glass Craftsman Magazine, Jen-Ken Kilns, Lincoln Distributors, Paul Wissmach Glass Co., Inc., Skutt Kilns, Stained Glass Images, Stained Glass News, Uroboros Glass Studios, Venture Tape, Wardell Publications, Inc., and Youghiogheny Glass.
Management of Funds
Initial and future contributions are handled by UBS Financial, a financial institution, and deposited in a nonprofit educational endowment fund. Income from the investment of the foundation funds are used for the education projects and scholarships. The foundation is compiled of a team of glass business owners, manufacturers, and professionals who donate their time and resources.
For more information regarding this foundation, or if you would like to be a benefactor or sponsor or donate products to the foundation call Kay Bain Weiner at (760) 603-8646.
The foundation could use your help. If you would like to volunteer your services please call the above number.