Statement of Commitment
Baltimore Clayworks’ intentional efforts towards diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion serve our core values of artist-centeredness, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and joy. We are better able to fulfill our mission as a non-profit ceramic arts center when we strive to be a greater representation of the diversity of Baltimore’s communities and when we carefully evaluate all our efforts with these commitments in mind.
Guiding Principles and Actions
- Ensure that we continue to grow a diverse staff, board and cadre of teachers
- Aim resources toward building a diverse user population of our studios and classrooms
- Build diverse partnerships with individuals, organizations and institutions
- Embrace community feedback and evaluate our operations and programs, ensuring our practices are inclusive and equitable
Initiatives established in September 2019
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.
- Socioeconomic 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 artistic community where we can collectively create new solutions.
We welcome dialogue, including your feedback and dreams. Please feel free to contact us via email at DEAI@baltimoreclayworks.org and phone at (410) 578-1919.
Updated by The Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Committee of Baltimore Clayworks, November 2020