GoggleWorks is committed to collaborating with others who share the belief that the arts can strengthen and enhance quality of life in our community, spur economic growth, and contribute to the cultural vitality of our region. In addition to our annual program and educational offerings, GoggleWorks partners with a number of individuals, as well as charitable, nonprofit, and educational institutions to partner in implementing a number of on- and off-site outreach programs, including those featured below.
Penn State Berks
GoggleWorks and Penn State initiated a new hub for innovation located on the ground floor at GoggleWorks, including a makerspace with fabrication tools for businesses, artists, and the community, as well as curricular courses through Penn State and a dynamic coworking space.
Penn State Berks, provides a Penn State education in a small campus setting that integrates individualized teaching, research, and dynamic community outreach. As part of a premier land-grant institution, the college stresses excellence in all areas while providing opportunities for student from a range of abilities to reach their full potential. Penn State Berks is committed to engaged-learning that encourages individual growth, cultural awareness, ethical decision-making, and civic responsibility for all members of the community.
Opportunity House has been helping the homeless population of our area since November 1984 and has expanded profoundly since then, offering an emergency shelter that serves nearly 500 people and 96,547 meals per year. Each year, GoggleWorks is a main partner for the Opportunity House’s Souper Bowl event. The Souper Bowl aims to increase awareness of hunger and homelessness and raise funds for the many programs Opportunity House offers. Attendees select handmade bowls, which have been donated by professional, amateur and student potters. Souper Bowl is supported by restaurants who offer soups, breads and desserts – a meal considered a feast by those who are hungry. In the GoggleWorks Souper Bowl Workshop, each student makes their own hand-built bowl to take home. For each Souper Bowl registration, a GoggleWorks Ceramics Studio artist creates a bowl to donate to the Souper Bowl Fundraiser, which is held each year in spring.
Reading School District
GoggleWorks operates in the heart of downtown Reading, Pennsylvania. While the arts center serves students from school districts far and wide, GoggleWorks has developed unique programs to serve the Reading School District. GoggleWorks has served hundreds of Reading School District students through the After School Arts Program (ASAP). Also, Art students from Reading High School work with GoggleWorks artists to prepare and develop their portfolios and utilize the galleries for student exhibitions. Additionally, GoggleWorks Studio Artists visit our neighbors, Lauer’s Park Elementary School, to offer workshops, lectures, make-and-takes, and demonstrations to students on a recurring basis.
Caron Treatment Centers
The work of Caron Treatment Centers is all about healing. They aim to transform lives impacted by addiction and substance use through proven, comprehensive and personalized behavioral healthcare solutions. Above all, Caron strives to ease the pain of addiction by restoring health, hope, spirituality and relationships, ultimately preparing individuals and families for lifelong recovery. GoggleWorks has partnered with Caron to provide handmade, mission-specific art to beautify campus facilities and support Caron’s mission.
GoggleWorks partnerships are built by invitation or from building a relationship around services or programs. If you represent an organization or group that is interested in partnering with GoggleWorks, we’d love to hear from you!
Levi Landis, executive director