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Baltimore Clayworks Selected As A Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management Program (AIM)

Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to announce that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide Baltimore Clayworks with unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.

“Baltimore Clayworks is honored to be invited to participate in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management program”, says Susan Patz, president of Baltimore Clayworks.  “The timing could not be more favorable as new Board and Executive leadership bring fresh insight to our organization. Clayworks has the opportunity to further advance its mission: creating transformative programming, exhibitions, artist residencies and community partnerships that serve the diverse population of Baltimore. The additional mentorship from Bloomberg Philanthropies allows for best strategic targeting and goal-oriented methods to accomplish this growth.”

AIM targets arts non-profits because of the vital role that they play in building communities, driving local economies and supporting artists. “The arts inspire people, provide jobs, and strengthen communities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “This program is aimed at helping some of the country’s most exciting cultural organizations reach new audiences and expand their impact.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies will develop curricula and conduct seminars for the program in partnership with leading experts, including the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, led by Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan. AIM organizations will engage in activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals, and will receive one-on-one consultations and implementation support for organization leaders and their boards.

All organizations invited to participate in the 2018 expansion of the AIM program are nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Participating organizations will be required to secure 20% of their AIM grant in matching dollars; reach 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in DataArts, an online management tool that assists arts organizations across the country in collecting, learning from, and using data effectively. The grants will be unrestricted to allow recipients to utilize the funds to address their greatest needs.

Since 2011, AIM has helped more than 500 small and mid-sized organizations in all creative disciplines, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature and dance. Participating organizations reported significant improvements in board development, fundraising and overall income over the two-year program. Watch this video for an overview of the Arts Innovation and Management program:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KJy8DgjRDg&feature=youtu.be.

 About Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Clayworks is the region’s only cultural non-profit institution dedicated solely to the ceramic arts. Clayworks was founded in 1980 as a community-centered ceramics institution located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. Clayworks provides affordable studio space, equipment, and professional opportunities. It offers hands-on studio classes for children and adults, presents exhibitions showcasing the work of the best professional artists in the field of ceramics. It also hosts a sales gallery, and has a dedicated community arts program. Community arts at Baltimore Clayworks partners with local community organizations to bring art experiences into the lives of at-risk children and marginalized adults. Visit www.baltimoreclayworks.org, on Facebook at Baltimore Clayworks, Twitter, and Instagram.

Contact: Susan Patz, President Board of Trustees, Baltimore Clayworks

susan.patz@baltimoreclayworks.org, Office 410.598.1919, Voice/TTY 800.553.7724

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017,

Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Rebecca Carriero + 1 -212-205-0182 or rebeccac@bloomberg.org

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Baltimore Clayworks Awarded Baltimore Children and Youth Fund Grant

Baltimore Clayworks will provide hands-on classes in clay and community-based public art projects for children and youth ages 7-23, and a job-training internship in ceramics.
Baltimore, MD — September 11, 2018 — Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund (BCYF).
BCYF is a $12 million non-lapsing fund dedicated to supporting Baltimore’s children, youth, and young adults.

“Baltimore Clayworks is dedicated to empowering youth through hands-on experiences in clay,” says Susan Patz, President of Baltimore Clayworks Board of Trustees. “These experiences bring a sense of accomplishment, focus, and critical thinking skills to young people. The BCYF grant will allow us to enhance our programming mission for young people and support a job-training internship in ceramics – giving access to clay for Baltimoreans throughout the metropolitan area.”

Over the past 25 years Clayworks has formed partnerships with community organizations throughout Baltimore City, addressing issues of race, inclusion, and equity through programming that provides access to clay for all. Clayworks will continue to provide classes and community-based public art projects, and the BCYF grant will enable Clayworks to accelerate the incorporation of new technologies while teaching transferable soft-skills as part of a job-training internship in ceramics

This ceramics and technology internship program will be inaugurated with youth from the Baltimore City Public Schools’ Department of Transition Services. 3D printing will be incorporated into the teaching of ceramics, and the students will work as a team to present an exhibition of their work. Clayworks will also offer classes in clay and work with groups to create mosaic projects at the following sites: Walter P. Carter Recreation Center, House of Ruth, and the Evening Reporting Center of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Clayworks has a dedicated community arts program with a community arts exhibition space in its galleries. Community arts at Baltimore Clayworks partners with local schools, after-school programs and community organizations to bring art experiences into the lives of Baltimore’s children and adults, and those in recovery from addiction. Visit baltimoreclayworks.org for more information.

About Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore Clayworks is the region’s only cultural non-profit institution dedicated solely to the ceramic arts. Clayworks was founded in 1980 as a community-centered ceramics institution located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. Clayworks provides affordable studio space, equipment, and professional opportunities. It offers hands-on studio classes for children and adults, presents exhibitions showcasing the work of the best professional artists in the field of ceramics. It also hosts a sales gallery, and has a dedicated community arts program. Community arts at Baltimore Clayworks partners with local community organizations to bring art experiences to all. Visit www.baltimoreclayworks.org, on Facebook at Baltimore Clayworks, Twitter, and Instagram.


Contact:
Nicole Fall, Interim Executive Director,
nicole.fall@baltimoreclayworks.org,
Susan Patz, President, Board of Trustees, susan.patz@baltimoreclayworks.org

410.578.1919.
Voice/TTY 800.552.7724

Baltimore Clayworks

5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
baltimoreclayworks.org

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Sept/Oct Exhibitions

Baltimore Clayworks is excited to kick off the fall season with three shows that reflect the talent of our region and programs. The Main Gallery has work from area artists, the Solo Gallery boasts one of our Springboard artists and instructors, and the Project Space Gallery has ceramic wares and mixed media monoprints from a resident artist alum. The exhibition will be open September 15th through November 3rd, with an opening reception on September 15th from 6-8pm. We will also host an artist talk by our four incoming resident artists from 5-6pm. All events are free and open to the public.

Main Gallery: Welcome to Our Clayborhood

This exhibition is a small selection from the network of local studio artists and arts organizations that share our mission: getting clay into every hand. Some we welcome as our new resident artists, others have exhibited with us in the past, or have served as interns, and many are teachers inspiring the next generation of makers. There are artists who have home studios and others who create at places similar to ours: where a diverse group of folks comes together united under the ceramic banner. Clayworks wants to highlight their efforts, because it is a symbiotic relationship focused on a good cause. We all celebrate the craftsmanship and creativity of a hand-made clay object.

Some of the studios represented include: Red Dirt Studios, District Clay, Clay Co-op, Chesapeake Center for the Arts, Glen Echo Pottery, and many private studios.

Invited artists include: Cami Ascher, Cat Audett-Holt, Sarah Barnes, Lisa Battle, Jenny Beech, Margaret Boozer, Wes Brown*, Laure Drogoul, Katy Gmiter, Dani Hawk, Greg Holmes, J. Chris Landers, Christa Landry, Kathy Lee, Bianca Liscocco, Liz Lockett, Rick Malgrem, Jena Merrill, Antoinette Nero, Jason Piccoli*, Hannah Pierce*, Michael Poness, Tim Sherman, Hae Won Sohn*, Jordan Taylor, Joan Ulrich, Bill van Gilder, Matt Voelker, Sarah-Anne Winchester.

(*indicates new resident artists)

Solo Gallery: Have you been to the Wonderland Family Church? by Eileen O’Donnell

This solo exhibition includes an installation of sculptures that draw inspiration from diverse world cultures, ritual objects, and Alice in Wonderland. Modern myths and ancient religions come together to explore “the other” with resonance and humor to sustain the struggle to find meaning amidst the stress of daily life.

Eileen O’Donnell pursued her love of clay and the art of ancient cultures at Moore College of Art and Design, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. She has been awarded grants from both Creative Capital and the Louisiana ArtWorks, with her work shown throughout the country in several juried exhibitions. She has been a Springboard Artist at Baltimore Clayworks for many years.  Recently, she began teaching at Clayworks to share the mentorship and positive impact that she experienced from her teachers.

Project Space: Survey Being by Emily Irvin

This solo exhibition features vessels and mixed media monoprints which Irvin creates to examine the definition of being or the essence of self by illustrating the interactions with people and the physical locations she has lived. Poems work to flesh out the individual experiences, which are abstracted into vessel or cup form, constructed layer by layer with pinched coils, much like building a relationship.

 

 

 

 

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Message from Board President Sue Patz

SAVE THE DATE: Wed. October 10, from 4-7pm.  Official Dedication Ceremonies 4:30pm.

Anniversary Party and Dedication of Clayworks Way!  Community and civic leaders gather to celebrate this milestone and success.  Open House Tours, Student/Camper/Artist Exhibitions. Culmination of Global Day of Clay at Baltimore Clayworks.

News:

  • By mid-September, all Resident Artists will be working at their Clayworks studios. Don’t miss the evening of SEPTEMBER 15, when these artists are introduced to the community and offer talks coinciding with the opening of Welcome to Our Clayborhood, the new exhibition that includes their work. Learn why we are so excited to have these emerging artists in our studios and in Baltimore.
  • Resident Artists Hannah Pierce, Wes Brown and Kourtney Stone have been busy in their studios this summer. They have also taught classes and worked in our community programs. Jeremy Wallace, wood and soda kiln firing artist, continues to awe students and ceramicists.
  • This summer, Baltimore Clayworks’ Board chose the next bank that will refinance our commercial mortgage and put to bed the $750,000 balloon payment inherited from previous leadership. This transfer will occur within days, culminating a year of hard work to put our organization on stable financial footing.
  • The Search Committee for the permanent Executive Director has been active since May. After narrowing down the field to 3 finalists, we expect to welcome Clayworks’ new Executive Director imminently.
  • Nicole Fall, our interim Executive Director, will work to orient the new ED. As she moves out of her Executive role, she leaves behind a trail of accomplishments. One recent achievement is the awarding of a large grant from Baltimore City Children and Youth Fund. Under this grant, Clayworks will link maker technology and ceramics to give young Baltimoreans valuable job skills. Kudos to our grant writing team and innovative thinkers- Nicole Fall, Mary Cloonan and Candace Mitchell, and thanks to the continued support of the City of Baltimore.
  • We have received another prestigious and large grant that cannot be announced yet. We look forward to going public with this good news soon.
  • Summer camp is ending on a high note with excellent enrollment and treasured artwork out of the kilns and adorning campers’ family shelves.
  • Fall classes begin mid and late September. Sign up now before your class of choice fills! Bring friends and family to enjoy a “Date Night” or “Try -It,” or take a 4, 10, or 12-week class.

Come on Down!  There is great art in the studio, joy in the classrooms, gallery exhibits are superb and the Gallery shop awaits your purchase. Come in and introduce yourself to staff, artists, and others.

From the entire Board and Staff, it is a pleasure for us to be able to report the events highlighted above. The dedicated and hard work that the community invested in Clayworks over the past year is coming together wonderfully.

Thank you all,

Sue Patz

Board of Trustees (President)

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Evening of Artist Talks

Join Baltimore Clayworks Wednesday, August 22nd from 6-8 pm for an Evening of Artist Talks with 3 of our current exhibiting artists: Sara E. Morales-Morgan, Trisha Kyner, and Brad Blair.

An informal cocktail hour ‘Meet and Greet’ will be held from 6-7 pm.

Artists’ presentations on their influences, inspirations, and processes will be held from 7-8pm.

This is your opportunity to learn more about ceramic art and the talented people behind the work we admire.

This event is free, but please RSVP via Eventbrite.
For more information about our current exhibitions, please visit https://baltimoreclayworks.org/july-august-exhibitions/

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