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Students Experience Chihuly Garden and Glass 

Summary: The Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is partnering with the district to host 2nd graders from SPS Title I schools on a free field trip to the museum.

SPS Second Graders Explore the World of Glassblowing at Chihuly Garden and Glass 

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Visual & Performing Arts will be partnering with Chihuly Garden and Glass over the next three years on a special opportunity. All second graders at Title 1 schools are invited to visit and be guided through an art and science experience that connects to the second-grade science unit “Property of Materials.” 

Nearly 500 SPS second graders have already embarked on an enriching journey into the world of art and science at Chihuly Garden and Glass this spring. The students were treated to a free field trip courtesy of the museum, where they delved into the art of glassblowing while learning about different forms of matter. 

James Baldwin elementary students view glass artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

The field trip included a tour of the museum’s eight galleries, glasshouse, and garden with mesmerizing artwork by the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Additionally, the students had the unique opportunity to witness live glassblowing demonstrations in the Community Hot Shop, further enhancing their understanding of the art form. 

Chihuly Garden and Glass, in collaboration with SPS, provided free transportation and admission for the participating classes, ensuring that all students had the chance to experience this educational and inspirational outing. Eligible groups also received grade-level educational resources based on the Nature of Glass Curriculum, designed to complement their learning experience. 

This initiative continues the longstanding partnership between SPS and Chihuly Garden and Glass, dating back to 2013. Over the years, Chihuly Garden and Glass has generously provided more than 17,000 free tickets to SPS students, fostering a deep appreciation for art and science within the local community. 

“We are thrilled to welcome these students to our venue and provide them with an immersive learning experience that combines art and science,” a spokesperson for Chihuly Garden and Glass said. “By exploring the captivating world of glassblowing, we hope to inspire the next generation of artists and innovators.” 

Glass blower demonstrates glass blowing at Chihuly Garden and Glass

The field trip not only offered students a unique educational opportunity but also allowed them to discover the beauty of local artwork while gaining insights into the states of matter. Through this hands-on experience, the students were able to broaden their perspectives and ignite their curiosity about the world around them. 

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