Sarah B. McCann

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Location: Baltimore, MD
Founded: 1978
Industry: Nonprofit

Sarah B. McCann
Executive Director

Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Clayworks, a nonprofit ceramic art center, has grown significantly since its founding by nine ceramic artists. In 2015, Clayworks hosted 12 resident artists, three visiting artists and one international exchange artist, and continued to build its springboard artist program, with 20 individuals participating. “Clayworks strives to be a leader in the ceramics and community arts fields through programs and initiatives that fall in line with our mission,” says executive director Sarah B. McCann. “We have set core values that enable decision making to be artist-centered and mission-driven.”

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Through Baltimore Clayworks’ Art@Work program in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, in partnership with Jubilee Arts, young people are making connections with neighbors, beautifying the community, learning, and earning an income through art. “Baltimore Clayworks is aware of the power an artist holds to make an impact in our communities,” says McCann. “It is our belief that by connecting all creative individuals in Baltimore, we will be better equipped to solve our challenges as a city.”

In 2015, Clayworks served more than 1,500 students through its Mount Washington educational programming, which includes adult classes, family workshops, children’s classes, summer camps, adult workshops, open studio rental and monthly community wood-fire reservations. In addition, the nonprofit reached more than 3,500 people through community programs.