In the Summer of 2020, we created a new 501(c)3 arm for our community: The Stained Glass Association of America Foundation, Inc. or SGAA Foundation. Our vision is to create opportunities for stained-glass artists, advance the craft, and preserve our history through scholarships, stewardship outreach and advocacy, and historical archives.
The SGAA Foundation will open doors to safeguarding and using our heritage library and archives, creating educational programs for stewards and caretakers of our work, supporting emerging artists, and finding new ways to engage with the restoration of our nation’s stained glass treasurers. Our country is a living library of stained glass all approaching a critical age since the opalescent era. When comm
Meanwhile, our scholarships - which are open to anyone and everyone - fund support academic research, conservation research, emerging and established artists, and access to stained glass work for those that might struggle with it due to any handicap or impairment.
The Stained Glass School (SGS) has served our Association for 40 years as our 501(c)3 organization responsible for educational manuals and in-person programs, offering scholarships and workshops while also bringing passionate members together to pool their knowledge into fantastic publications. However, the SGS was largely limited to internal, industry-specific programming and as we expanded into more and more public outreach and advocacy, it was clear we needed to retool to better focus on our mission.
In the Summer of 2020, we created the Stained Glass Association of America Foundation, Inc., our new 501(c)3, which legally acquired the assets and the Stained Glass School’s scholarship responsibilities.
Our cumulative knowledge are the seeds of the future.
Our vision is to inspire the next generation of craftsmen and caretakers in the appreciation of stained glass and in a thorough understanding of the material and its care so that the knowledge of preservation may pass from generation to generation.