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February, 2009
For Immediate Release

Contact: Rachel Robinson
Community Arts Co-Director
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Baltimore Clayworks’ Community Arts Program Bolsters Evaluation Efforts

Evaluation consultant, Jes Koepfler joins the team!

Baltimore, Maryland—Baltimore Clayworks welcomes Jes Koepfler, a research associate with the Institute for Learning Innovation, to its community arts program leadership team. Koepfler, a professional evaluation consultant, is offering her services pro-bono to redevelop Clayworks’ evaluation plan for its signature community arts satellites and revamp the instruments already in use to collect valuable information for ongoing program refinement and improvement.

Baltimore Clayworks’ community arts program collaborates with schools, after school programs, churches, community groups, and other organizations throughout Baltimore City to provide sustained ceramics programming for youth and adults.

Clayworks is the first and only arts organization in the region that has developed, funded, launched and operated satellite locations in Baltimore City, offering instruction in ceramics and providing creative experiences for underserved children, families and senior adults. Responding to the need for safe and authentic experiences for young people in an urban environment, Clayworks established its first satellite in 2003 and currently has a satellite studio in the Pimlico Road Arts and Community Center, located at 4330 Pimlico Road. Plans are underway for an additional satellite in Sandtown/Winchester in mid 2009.

The program has seen significant growth and development since its inception in 1988. Even during this current time of economic uncertainty and scarce resources, Baltimore Clayworks remains committed to offering quality ceramic programming to the greater Baltimore community. Clayworks is working to ensure that its programs are relevant and effective.

Measuring Clayworks’ impact in the community is critical to growing and sustaining the organizations satellite initiative. Jes Koepfler’s company, Institute for Learning Innovation is a non-profit organization based in Edgewater, MD. It conducts research and evaluation in support of informal, non degree-granting learning experiences ( organization has extensive experience working with art institutions across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC).

Founded in 1980 by a group of local artists, Baltimore Clayworks is the region’s only nonprofit ceramic arts center and recognized as one of the top 20 arts organizations in Maryland. Baltimore Clayworks is dedicated to promoting, developing, and sustaining educational, artistic, and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.