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Letter from the President May 2018

Letter from the President May 2018

Hello Clayworks Community,

It is exciting to be approaching a one-year milestone this fall celebrating the ReOPENING of Baltimore Clayworks. “Seven months in” the leadership team is already proud to acknowledge the successful relaunch of all four program areas: education, community arts, exhibitions, and artist residencies. Very soon we will share some wonderful details about our new Resident Artists.

Not as obvious, but as important, we have accomplished many “behind the scenes” infrastructure challenges and continue to transition to new and updated digital technology. The organization has completed a large portion of debt repayment due to you, our strong and generous community and the critical long-term government and foundation support that values the importance of Clayworks in serving Baltimore and Maryland communities.

Of course my letters will always acknowledge Clayworks’ volunteers and a very patient, dedicated and professional staff. In addition, your tireless Board logged in over 3,000 volunteer hours of their time- and this was just in the first 3 months of Clayworks’ reopening. (October 1-December 31, 2017).

I am pleased to announce that all of our Board Minutes and the 2018 Board meeting schedule are posted online. We have spent a good deal of time at Board meetings discussing and conducting research about the posting of minutes online to accomplish our primary goals of transparency and building/ rebuilding trust with the Clayworks Community. It’s taken longer than we intended, but the request to post Minutes is now taking place.

The minutes from October 2017- April 2018 are official, recording decisions made by the Board and details of topics discussed. Executive sessions are used for legal or personnel matters and as such are not public. Financial reports have always been public and can be found in 990’s online, in the Annual Reports, or are available upon request.

Our commitment as a Board is that we ARE our community and we share the deep interest in making the best decisions for Clayworks with you. We want and will always seek community in-put through the website, open communication (we welcome informal conversations), committees and community meetings.

I’m looking forward to seeing you JUNE 1st at Spice It Up and the Seconds Sale that extends into the weekend. Bring friends and family. And join us in a Summer Class or by sending your children or grandchildren, or your friends and neighbors’ children to Clayworks Summer Camp.

Sue Patz

Susan Patz
Board of Trustees

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Letter from the Interim Executive Director

Hello Clayworks Community,

Thank you for attending the quarterly Community Meeting a couple of weeks ago. We have heard your request for access to our board minutes and financial information. We are currently preparing the minutes of the past 7 months.

Below is the link to our 2016 990. (990s are essentially taxes for non-profit organizations.) Our 2017 990 should be completed soon.

We do want to maintain open communication as you have been so forthright with us and SO helpful in bringing Clayworks back.

The next Community Meetings meetings will be on Sundays, September 9th and December 9th, from 3 - 5 pm.

Please feel free to contact me anytime;

We look forward to seeing you at Spice It Up! on Friday, June 1 and at the Seconds Sale June 1-3.

Thank you,

Nicole Fall

Interim Executive Director

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Baltimore Clayworks Welcomes You Back

To the Clay Community, Neighbors, Public Officials, and Friends,

The excitement is tangible as classes began November 1. Joy is in the air as the Clay Community starts to fill classes and studios.  Old friends are greeting each other, wheels are spinning, hand-builders are creating vessels, sculptors are forming both abstract and figurative work.  The atmosphere is euphoric; artists, teachers and students are thrilled to have the ability to create ceramic art again.

In less than 1 month after the change in leadership of Baltimore Clayworks on September 26, community volunteers have come together in impressive numbers to restore the buildings, clean every surface, prepare the classrooms and studios, and ready the kilns for action. The Leadership Team is working hard on the administrative side of the organization. The new Board of Trustees is both governing and filling staff positions until such time allows for the hiring of more staff.  Volunteers are also filling critical daily positions, covering front desk operations and assisting in marketing and event planning.

New class offerings for Winter 2018 will be announced this week. Come explore clay if you have never done so before. Assist in the office, or join one of Clayworks Committees. Shop at our traditional Holiday Sale from Nov. 18th – December 23rd.  Join us December 10th at the Community Thank You Party, as we celebrate the work YOU have done.


Sue Patz, on behalf of the Board of Trustees                 

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