Thank you, Toledo, for helping the Glass Art Society host a joyous conference in our community ("Glass was all class," June 24). More than 1,200 registrants came from 25 countries to celebrate our heritage as the birthplace of the American Studio Glass Movement 50 years ago.
The free Day of Glass welcomed participants and the public to glass demonstrations and galleries throughout our region. Local glass factories opened their doors to special tours. Others enjoyed tours of Toledo's architecture and the Art In Public Places collection downtown.
Toledo Museum of Art staff, guards, and volunteers deserve recognition for their professional and hospitable service. Director Brian Kennedy's keynote address was awarded a standing ovation.
"Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012," an exhibition curated by Jutta-Annette Page, offered a visual history of how studio glass has progressed since its creative beginning in our community. The exhibit at the museum is free and on view until Sept. 9.
I thank all those who helped the local committee with time and financial support. Special acknowledgement goes to Block Communications Inc. for providing the initial major sponsorship.
The economic impact of this event is estimated at more than $1.5 million. Hotels were full, restaurants busy, and retailers delighted.
Each of us can be proud that our community has new friends around the world.
Co-Chairman Toledo Conference Committee Glass Art Society Ottawa Hills
Conference shows arts are necessary
More than 1,200 visitors came to view our city because of the 2012 Glass Art Society conference. They poured millions into our restaurants and hotels. So if you think that the arts are not necessary for our area, think again.
Few American cities can boast the beginning of a contemporary art movement, but Toledo can.