CASA's Mi Espacio Program Celebration with Unveiling of Community Sculpture by George Rodriquez
Baltimore Clayworks partnered with CASA of Maryland, through a grant from the Gutierrez Memorial Fund, to commission Mexican-American ceramic artist, George Rodriguez, to make a totemic sculpture to be displayed in front of CASA’s new headquarters. He engaged CASA community members in several hands-on workshops that involved making clay animals and painting tiles that are part of the base for the sculpture. Rodriguez then made 3 character prototypes from which the community chose the totemic, clay, figure to be made.
About the Artist
George Rodriguez was born in El Paso, Texas. He holds BFA and MFA degrees. For the past three years Rodriguez has been Artist-in-Residence at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. His work explores identity and community. Rodriguez’s sculptures are part of the collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen College of Computer Science and Engineering, Seattle, WA and more. Rodriguez’s work was recently added to the collection at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. He is currently working on a large commission of several figures for the Kansas City International Airport
Community Arts Program
As Baltimore’s premier non-profit ceramic art center, Baltimore Clayworks has been cultivating clay and community for more than 40 years. Connected deeply with Baltimore city and community, we bring the most talented local, national, and international ceramic artists to our campus in Mt. Washington and to community sites across the region. We strive to provide high quality ceramic arts instruction for the enjoyment and enrichment of all.
Baltimore Clayworks believes that all people have the right to participate in every aspect of creating with clay. The Baltimore Clayworks Community Arts Program is committed to the philosophy of inclusion and is dedicated to promoting community participation of children, adults, senior adults, and people with disabilities.
Over the years Clayworks has provided ceramics classes at multiple schools, community centers, churches and other outreach and recovery programs throughout Baltimore City and the surrounding regions. Current partnerships include:
- Park Heights Renaissance with Youthworks
- Greenmount West Recreation Center
- CC Jackson Rec Center
- UA House
- Village Learning Place
- Refugee Youth Project
- National Federation of the Blind
- Step-by-Step Recovery Center
- House of Ruth
- Evening Reporting Center for the Department of Maryland Juvenile Services
- Vet Arts Connect
- Arc Baltimore
- Hussman Center of Towson University
- Brighter Stronger Foundation
- Make Studio
Baltimore Clayworks was awarded a Baltimore Children and Youth Fund grant for 2018 -2020, to run a number of out-of-school time clay classes and to host an Urban Arts Leadership Fellow.
They also are funding a pilot program (now heading into its second year) Baltimore Clayworkforce Development Program with the Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Special Education, Department of Transition Services. Students in this program have cognitive disabilities and are 18-21 years old. They come to Baltimore Clayworks’ campus for three ten week sessions, three times per week, with their teacher and paraprofessional. The clay class is designed for both artistic expression and workforce development and will eventually incorporate 3D printing. The class introduces many concepts and opportunities to learn career preparation, and self-expression/self-advocacy. Students exhibit and sell their work in the Community Arts Gallery.
Baltimore Clayworkforce Development Program Funded in Part By
Resident Artist Hannah Pierce inaugurated our Abilities Fellow program in 2018-2019. Hannah worked with Make Studio, Hussman Center of Towson University, and the Brighter Stronger Foundation.
In addition, Baltimore Clayworks has organized the creation of murals and public artworks, connecting nationally renowned artists with citizens in Baltimore City and statewide to produce collaborative, permanent works in communities where people live. Participating Artists and community sites have included:
- Angelica Pozo, Cleveland, OH at Waxter Center in Baltimore
- Carlos Alves, Miami, Fl. At CC Jackson Rec Center
- Leroy Johnson, Philadelphia, PA at St. Frances Academy Community Center, Baltimore City
- Herb Massie, Baltimore, MD with Mondawmin Coordinating Council, Living Legacy Foundation, Jubilee Arts, and Park Heights Renaissance, Baltimore, MD
- Laura Jean McGloughin, Pittsburgh, PA with Good Shepard Center, Halethorpe, MD
- Myung Rye Kim, from Seoul, Korea with Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Towson, MD
- Ching-Yuan Chang, Taiwan, ROC with Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
- Dominique Hellgeth, Baltimore, MD with Jubilee Arts, Baltimore, MD
- Mike Alewitz with six sites in Worcester, Somerset, Harford, and Baltimore Counties and Baltimore City.
Baltimore Clayworks maintains its commitment to the communities we serve throughout Baltimore City and in the region. If you are a community group interested in hosting clay programming at your location, please contact Christina Marsh, Community Arts Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org