梦想，世界上最甜蜜美好的两个字。孩子，世界上最纯真善良的一群人。当孩子与梦想相遇时，毫无疑问地迸发了无尽的火花与感动。由上海玻璃博物馆园区-儿童玻璃博物馆在2014年春天与美国塔科马玻璃博物馆首次联合发起的艺术征集活动“Kids Design Glass天才玻璃梦想家”活动，已经成功走过两年的时光，数以千计的孩子们用画笔描摹心中的梦想，并由美国塔科马玻璃博物馆专业热玻璃团队亲自操刀，让孩子们的画作顿时“复活”，变身成为一件件立体鲜活的玻璃艺术品。
关于今年的招募主题，其中Kids Design Glass活动将面向全国6-12岁的小学生，在今年特别设定了“勇敢守卫者”的主题，希望所有小朋友们可以画出心中的守卫者，帮助打败名叫“孤独”的大怪物。上海玻璃博物馆希望让孩子们在实现自己的梦想同时，有机会体会到帮助他人的快乐。孩子们画出自己心目中的守卫者，不仅是守卫自己的梦想，更是守卫更多“孤独症孩子”的梦想，让孩子从小学会关爱帮助他人。最终上海玻璃博物馆将挑选20副画作送往美国塔科马玻璃博物馆，由当地艺术家进行制作，全方位逼真展现小朋友们无穷创造力和想象力。
Dream is the sweetest word in the world, and children are the most pure and innocent group of people. When children and dream are put together, there is no doubt of endless inspiration and motivation. The “Kids Design Glass-Glassy Dreamers” project, initiated by Shanghai Museum of Glass Park-Kids Museum of Glass in the Spring of 2014 jointly with the Museum of Glass in Tacoma of United States, has been held successfully for two years, where thousands children have drawn out their dreams and the Hot Shop Team of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma have given life to their imagination by turning them into brilliant artworks.
On September 23, 2017, the recruitment campaign for the long-awaited third event of the “Glassy Dreamers” project with a theme of “Extend Your Dream for Charity”. This year’s event will be more diverse, for we will invite adults to join the creation of children: big or small, everyone is entitled to dream. Certain proportion of each registration fee will be donated to charity courses to help autistic children who also want to realize their dreams.
On the day of recruitment, Shanghai Museum of Glass joined hands with World of Art Brut Culture (WABC) in mounting a special exhibition titled “Painting·Speech”, where the paintings were contributed by people with intelligent or mental imparity at Ji Xun’s Mental Health Residential Facility, Hongkou Miyun School and Caihongyu Children Intelligence Training Center. The imparity never stands in the way of their capacity to create amazing paintings, and the exhibition was also intended to help the public better understand and give more care for them.
This year’s “Kids Design Glass” event, targeted at primary students nationwide of 6-12 years old, has set a special campaign of “Brave Guardians” where children are encouraged to draw the guardians in their heart who can beat the monster called “autism”. SMOG hopes that children can realize their dreams and feel the happiness of helping other out: the guardians they draw will not only project their dreams, but also dreams of all autistic children. SMOG will select 20 paintings and send them to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, where artists will put the magic of techniques to turn their creativity and imagination into beautiful artworks.
In the meantime, SMOG also invited both adults and children with dreams and passion to put their dreams into glass bottles to participate in the “Dream Bottle” activity. Colorless, transparent and even cold as it is, glass brings maximum tolerance and generosity. We hope these little bottles can carry your stories and sentiments. Carry your dreams in glass and tailor your talent with time: we will store your dreams for 2 years, and we earnestly encourage more people to join us in heling the autistic children realize their dreams. These dream bottles, a collective artwork, will also be presented at SMOG as a prof of care and guardian for dreams.
All participants in “Glassy Dreamers” will receive a special badge of love from SMOG for supporting the autistic children in giving a year-end performance in 2017. Like streams converge into a river, we have every reason to believe that tiny dreams will converge into a grand vision.