Collaborate in the Community

Collaborate in the Community
Collaborate in the Community

What is Community Arts

Community Arts is a signature program of Baltimore Clayworks and has been for more than twenty-two years. Through this initiative, Clayworks conducts arts activities beyond its doors, developing collaborations with grassroots and cultural organizations, schools and public agencies, to connect Clayworks' artists with individuals of underserved communities of Baltimore to provide access to quality hands-on arts programming.

How Community Arts Works

We develop partnerships with large service-provider organizations such as the Y of Central Maryland and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks as well as with smaller community organizations, afterschool programs and churches that are excited about providing their members with a quality experience in ceramics. We develop a program that suits each particular organization's structure and goals, bringing the program to them or hosting it at our satellite studio.

Baltimore Clayworks believes that all people have the right to participate in every aspect of creating with clay. Clayworks Community Arts is committed to the philosophy of inclusion and is dedicated to promoting community participation of children, adults, and seniors of ALL ABILITIES.

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Community Arts Projects and Initiatives

  • Providing ceramics classes at multiple schools, community centers, churches and other outreach programs throughout Baltimore City. Partners and sites include ConneXions Academy, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Arts Everyday, Mother Seton Academy, The Y of Central Maryland, Dr. Rayner Brown Elementary School and many more!

  • Offering clay programming at the Tuerk House, a facility in west Baltimore that exists to empower suffering addicts and alcoholics in abstinence-based recovery.
  • We host Arc Baltimore, an organization that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students from different centers throughout Baltimore come to Clayworks in Mt. Washington for a unique ongoing making experience.
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  • Host artists to work with youth, adult, multigenerational, men in recovery and senior adult participants in our community arts program.

  • Past artists include Kyle and Kelly Phelps of Ohio, Lydia Thompson of Virginia, Bill Stewart of New York, and Myung Jin Choi of Pennsylvania, Laura Jean McLaughlin of Pittsburg, David MacDonald and Justin Rothshank of Pittsburg and Keith Wallace Smith.
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Public Art
  • Partnering with institutions and artists to create public art installations and exhibitions
  • Justin Rothshank, Pittsburg based artist worked with community members spring 2010 at Baltimore Clayworks Jubilee Arts, BCW’s satellite studio, to create hundreds of cups and generate community interest in Jubilee Arts, the newly built and renovated arts center in west Baltimore. Funded by the Maryland State Art Council’s ARTvantage grant.
  • in 2008, Pittsburg based artist, Laura Jean McLaughlin worked with students from the Good Shepherd Center, a residential facility for girls in creating Community Milagros, a mosaic mural on the wall of their exterior courtyard. Funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts foundation
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Clay for All! Center Satellite Studios
  • Developing ceramics studios in various neighborhoods in Baltimore City to provide regular high quality arts experiences to community members
  • Our signature satellite programming includes classes and workshops for senior adults, after school classes for youth and ongoing and short-term multigenerational workshops for families

  • Our satellite locations have included Mondawmin Mall, Forest Park Senior Center and Pimlico Road. The current locations are Jubliee Arts Center in the Sandtown/Winchester/Upton neighborhoods and the Zeta Center in the Park Heights neighborhood.

For Baltimore Clayworks Zeta Center classes for youth: Community Arts at Baltimore Clayworks 410 578 1919 x 13 or

For Baltimore Clayworks Zeta Center classes for senior adults:
The Zeta Center 410 396-3535

Baltimore Clayworks and the community institutions with which we work have consistently demonstrated that well-designed, sustained and supervised arts programs truly make difference in the lives of youth and adults from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. If you would like to join Baltimore Clayworks in creating opportunities for the youth of Baltimore, please contact Community Arts at 410-578-1919 or by email at

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