Museum of Glass celebrated its 15th anniversary on Tuesday, remaining a key cog in the ongoing rejuvenation of Tacoma’s downtown area.
Founded by Dr. Phil Phibbs, Dale Chihuly and George Russell, the museum opened in 2002, when Tacoma was looking for a way to revitalize its fading downtown. Today, it’s hard to envision Tacoma without the museum’s trademark structure.
Over the past decade and a half, Museum of Glass has brought 313 visiting artists from 23 countries to Tacoma, welcoming well over 2 million visitors.
The facility’s ongoing celebration will continue over the next three months, offering three new events. On June 23, the museum will host “Breakfast at the Cone: The Art of Business” as part of its continued commitment to the socio-economic vitality of the South Sound. The event will be chaired by Bill Robertson, president and CEO of MultiCare, and keynoted by Brandon Pedersen, executive vice president of finance and CFO of Alaska Air.
On July 6, a family-friendly birthday celebration will be held, and on July 23, the museum, partnering with Tacoma Art Museum, will host the inaugural Glass Fest Northwest. The event, billed as “a celebration of glass and the artists of our region on MOG’s waterfront plaza,” will bring together more than 25 local artists, along with live glassmaking demonstrations and entertainment.