With the help of the community, the fire at SiNaCa Studios still burns brightly

The $75,000 needed to keep SiNaCa Studios running was raised in a very short time.

In mid-June, SiNaCa sent out an SOS alert that the studio urgently needed financial support to maintain the 3D art program it has been offering to students and the public since 2011.

At the end of June, the studio, which is the only one of its kind in North Texas, not only met but exceeded its financial goal, according to Clifton Crofford, CEO of SiNaCa.

“We did it,” Crofford wrote in an email on July 1. “Thanks to the incredible support of the community and the generous pledges of our donors, we have raised $84,809. This remarkable achievement lays a solid foundation for SiNaCa Studios’ Glassroots revival campaign.”

SiNaCa is located in the Near Southside in an old gas station that has been converted into the “Glass Station” at 1013 West Magnolia. SiNaCa stands for the periodic table of elements that together form glass: Si (silicone), Na (sodium) and Ca (calcium).

“We have received some large donations, but it was the small donations of $50 to $5 and even $1 that helped us reach this goal,” Crofford said. “Every dollar counts and to see this happen shows how big our impact on the community really is,”

Located in the once greasy garages of a car repair shop is a studio where professionals and beginners alike can push the boundaries of 3D art. The hottest part of the studio consists of three fireboxes that reach temperatures of around 1,500 degrees Celsius. Other glass art disciplines taught at SiNaCa include flame work and kiln techniques.

SiNaCa also showcases glass artists from across the country and offers free events to the public that explain in detail the process the artist goes through.

Since opening in 2011, SiNaCa has taught glass art to over 30,000 students and has become the only publicly accessible glass art studio in North Texas.

SiNaCa also offers unique and impactful outreach programs for children and adults with partners such as One Safe Place, Fort Worth School District, Cook Children’s Medical Center, and veterans programs.

It is also great for evening dates.

“I had a deadline of the end of June to raise $75,000 and we did that,” Crofford said. “I’m really incredibly impressed that the community came out, that some calls came out of the blue and that we really got the community’s attention.”

Crofford said the Revival campaign took care of the SiNaCa ice cream meetup on June 22, an event that paid for itself with well over $25,000 in donations.

Adding to the sense of urgency was the fact that SiNaCa co-hosted the Glass Art Society 2025 annual conference in Fort Worth with UT Arlington. The conference is expected to attract more than 1,000 glass artists, professionals, companies and institutions from more than 20 countries.

“I want to thank each and every one of you who made this project a success,” said Crofford. “My deepest thanks go to the incredible group of dedicated and passionate people who make up the SiNaCa Studios team, the SiNaCa Studios Board of Directors, and a special thanks to The Ethos Project for their support during one of the most difficult chapters in SiNaCa’s history.”

“We will stay diligent, we will adapt, and we will persevere. SiNaCa Studios has a lot planned for the future and we are immensely grateful for your support and belief in us.”