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Glass is everywhere in our lives — from eyeglasses to screens to windows — but we’re usually looking through it instead of at it. Not so at UrbanGlass, a glass-obsessed non-profit offering studio space in one of the country’s largest glass-making studios, located at 647 Fulton Street in the heart of Fort Greene’s emerging Cultural District.

Here, roughly 200 artists and makers regularly fire up the furnaces to make neon signs, sculpture, beads and blown-glass vessels — all with an eye to exploring glass as a medium for creativity. Brownstoner recently visited the 17,000-square-foot facility, which is closed to the public.

Read on for a look inside.

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This morning a groundbreaking was held at the Strand Theatre in the BAM Cultural District, which will be transformed into a modern arts and media facility. The new center, which will be called the BRIC Arts | Media House, is slated to open in 2014. Renderings were also released today, and while they’re not entirely different from those first published in 2010, a few more images were added to the mix. The center will house BRIC Arts and and the UrbanGlass reNEWal Project, three galleries, a 250-seat performance space, a television studio, an artist performance/work space, a glassworking facility, a retail space, a public lobby and two classrooms. Click through the slideshow to see the scene at the Strand this morning.
Groundbreaking at the Strand Theater Coming Soon [Brownstoner] GMAP