Statement of Commitment
Baltimore Clayworks’ intentional efforts towards diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion will serve our core values of artist-centeredness, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and joy. Going forward we are better able to fulfill our mission as a non-profit ceramic arts center if we strive to be a less insular community and carefully evaluate all of our efforts with these commitments in mind.
Guiding Principles and Actions
- Continue to build our partnerships with artists and organizations that reflect a multitude of experiences and cultural backgrounds.
- Actively foster a mission of social equality and inclusion in the organization and the arts community.
We are committed to addressing:
- Our current leadership board, staff, teachers, exhibiting artists, residents, and students to better reflect the racial, economic, ability and multitude of ages that make up Baltimore. We will deepen our investment in these internal efforts by regular and routine identification and provide individually determined support that make it possible for all who participate in our organization to thrive.
- Socio economic inequity by eliminating barriers to our classes and programs by providing scholarships, free and low cost partner based classes, internships and work study programs. A priority of Board and staff is seeking funding to support an on-going scholarship program.
- Disability inclusion and access by working in collaboration with community partners to provide accessible classes, exhibitions and residency opportunities to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our staff responds to requests for individualized supports as needed for students and families as needed.
There is hard work and distance between our current existence and our imagined future. What a gift it is to be part of an art community where we can fail, be accountable, learn from the experience and collectively create new solutions.
This is a continuous dialogue and we welcome your comments, critiques and dreams.
Updated by The Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Committee of Baltimore Clayworks, September 2019