Baltimore Clayworks affirms that working in partnership and in collaboration with cultural institutions, grassroots organizations, community development corporations, and public agencies strengthens our institutional capacity and intensifies our community impact. Since the mid 80's, Clayworks has crafted strategic alliances that have advanced its mission and extended its reach. Some of the most significant of these collaborations are the following:
Cultural Organization Partnerships
Arts Everyday, has as its mission to strengthen learning by making arts education and cultural experiences an integral part of the education of all Baltimore City School students, with an emphasis on middle grades, through the facilitation of collaborations among the arts, educational, cultural, and leadership communities. Clayworks proves high quality ceramics programming in K-12 schools through this partnership.
- Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance—Clayworks assisted in its founding (1998) and continues to serve on its volunteer board of directors. In 2005 GBCA was instrumental in assisting Clayworks in hosting the NCECA link conference (attendance 5000+) and mounting Tour de Clay link, the country's largest ceramic art exhibition. GBCA continues to advocate for mid-sized artists' organizations in the Baltimore metro region.
- National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts—The national professional association for the field of ceramics, NCECA hosted its 2005 conference (its largest ever) at the Convention Center in Baltimore (see above), with Baltimore Clayworks acting as sole liaison. Executive Director, Deborah Bedwell has served on the NCECA board and/or its advisory board since 2003. Baltimore Clayworks has mounted four exhibitions of the work of its member artists at NCECA conferences nationally, and numerous artists, staff, trustees, students, and volunteers attend NCECA the conference annually.
Collaborations with Institutions of Higher Education
- Maryland Institute College of Art—Clayworks hosts internships for MICA students and works collaboratively to provide access for MICA students to Clayworks' workshops, slide lectures, and wood fire kiln. MICA was a key partner in Tour de Clay, hosting seven exhibitions and three public programs on its campus. MICA interns have become staff, teachers and resident artists in Clayworks' programs. MICA ceramics faculty, Ron Lang, curated Bonsai Insites and Doug Baldwin mounted a solo exhibition, both held in galleries at Clayworks. MICA and Clayworks are currently working together to establish a summer workshop series to launch in 2010.
- Tainan National University of Fine Arts, Taiwan—Annually, Baltimore Clayworks hosts a recent or emerging graduate of this fine arts university for four months in its artist residency program; in kind, TNNUA hosts a Clayworks resident artist in its ceramics studio facility in the southern city of Tainan. Artist/educator Ching-Yuan Chang, our member artist and first fellowship recipient in 1990, heads his country's only MFA degree granting ceramics program in Taiwan. Ching-Yuan designed and created the mural on the new addition of the Clayworks' building.
- University of Baltimore—In 2006-07 Baltimore Clayworks participated in UB's Social Enterprise program, ultimately creating eCeramica www.eCeramics.org, an online gift service. Clayworks continues to participate in the Director's Roundtable at the Entrepreneurship Center at University of Baltimore.
- Berea College, Berea, Kentucky—Clayworks has provided internships for 12 Berea College students since the 90's. Five Berea alums. have served on staff; 25% of current Clayworks staff are Bereans. Current ceramic art faculty at Berea, Tina Gebhart, was a Clayworks resident artist and teacher. Articles about Baltimore Clayworks have been written in the Berea Alumnus magazine.
- Other college/university partnerships include those with the following:
- Coppin State University—opportunities for Coppin students; ceramics faculty
- Morgan State University—tours and facilities programs for Morgan students; ceramics faculty
- Goucher College—internships for students and visiting speakers to arts management classes
- Loyola College—curatorial support to Julio Gallery in 2008; adjunct ceramics faculty
- Baltimore Clayworks artists currently also serve as ceramic art faculty at Community Colleges of Baltimore County and Baltimore City Community College