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The Search is Over! Baltimore Clayworks Appoints New Executive Director.

Baltimore, Maryland - November 6, 2013 -After a comprehensive six month search, the Trustees of the Board of Directors of Baltimore Clayworks are pleased to announce they have voted to approve Sarah B. McCann as Baltimore Clayworks' next Executive Director effective immediately. Reflective of McCann's demonstrated energy, commitment and achievements as Clayworks' Development Director, the Board has full confidence that McCann will continue to be an excellent steward of Baltimore Clayworks' mission and a leader and advocate for the ceramic arts in Baltimore and beyond.

A seasoned Baltimore-based community artist and independent curator, Ms. McCann has facilitated public and collaborative art projects with local organizations and individuals. Her experience with arts programming with organizations such as Creative Alliance, Wide Angle Youth Media and the Youth Dreamers has provided Ms. McCann  with experience in many aspects of successful non-profit management and programming. McCann serves as a board member of the Youth Dreamers, an organization committed to youth leadership development.  She was involved in strategic planning for Clayworks' partner Jubilee Arts, a community arts organization that provides arts programming to the residents of Sandtown-Winchester/Upton, and the surrounding neighborhoods on Baltimore's West-side.

Kevin Apperson, current board chair for Baltimore Clayworks, commented, "I am excited and thrilled to have Sarah as our next Executive Director.  She brings a breadth of experience as an artist, development director and community leader to Baltimore Clayworks.  I look forward to working with her and helping Baltimore Clayworks reach the next level as an organization."

Ms. McCann has expressed a strong commitment to furthering Baltimore Clayworks' mission by building on the strength of its 33 year history and using the organization's strategic plan as a vision and guide. Her goal is to work with staff, the board and the community of Clayworks to create an action plan to move the organization forward step by step.

Interim Executive Director, Paul Derstine, upon hearing the Clayworks' Board of Trustees' decision said, "The Board has chosen an excellent new leader for Baltimore Clayworks.  Sarah will bring much wisdom, energy and sensitivity to this position.  I will leave this wonderful organization confident she will embrace fully the potential and will provide the leadership for Clayworks to thrive in the years to come."

McCann is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art (MA in Community Arts), New York University, (BS in Studio Art) and recently curated Baltimore From Many Perspectives at D Center  Baltimore in June 2013.

Ms. McCann is available for interviews and can be reached by 410 578 1919 or by email,


Baltimore Clayworks is a not-for-profit ceramic art center located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980, Clayworks is housed in two reclaimed and renovated buildings located across the street from one another.  This organization offers classes, artists’ spaces, exhibitions, and programs throughout the community.  Hours are 10am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday.  For more information call Baltimore Clayworks at 410-578-1919 or visit our website,


Media Contact:

Mary Cloonan
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(410) 578-1919 ext. 18 

Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21209
T. 410 578 1919  F. 410 578 0058