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, 410-215-3292
Susan Patz, President Board of Trustees,
susan.patz@baltimoreclayworks.org, 443-604-7433


Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
baltimoreclayworks.org

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