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Community Arts

As Baltimore’s premier non-profit ceramic art center, Baltimore Clayworks has been cultivating clay and community for over 35 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. Clayworks Community Arts 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:

  • Walter P. Carter Recreation Center
  • 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 Foundations
  • Make Studio

This past August 2018 Baltimore Clayworks was awarded a Baltimore Children and Youth Fund grant to pilot a program in workforce development with the Baltimore City Public Schools Department of Transition Services. Students in this program have disabilities and are 18-21 years old. They come to 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 will introduce many concepts and opportunities to learn career preparation, self-expression/self-advocacy and career exploration. A culminating exhibition will be planned and executed by the teacher and the students.

Also inaugurating this year is the Abilities Fellowship for a Resident Artist who will work with people with disabilities. Our Fellow this year is Hannah Pierce. She is working at 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:

  • Angela Pozo, Cleveland, OH at Waxter Center in Baltimore
  • Leroy Johnson, Philadelphia, PA at St. Frances Academy Community Center, Baltimore City
  • Herb Massie, Baltimore, MD with Mondawmin Coordinating Council, 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.
  • Herb Massie, Baltimore, MD with Living Legacy Foundation, Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Clayworks remains firmly committed to a robust community arts program. As part of the upcoming inclusive strategic planning process, Baltimore Clayworks’ Board and Staff will invite community members to participate in the co-visioning, rebuilding, and fundraising of an excellent Community Arts program for the future.

While we are working to ensure a sustainable future of our organization for generations to come, Baltimore Clayworks maintains its commitment to the communities we serve throughout Baltimore City and in the region. We are currently offering fiscal sponsorship to community clay artists, who’s mission aligns with Baltimore Clayworks’.

If you are a community group interested in hosting clay programming at your location, please contact Ana Maria Economou, Community Arts Coordinator, at anamaria.economou@baltimoreclayworks.org.

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