Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Clayworks

Program Name: Baltimore Clayworks; HandBuilding, Resilience, and Transformation

Award Amount: $157,401.33

Partner(s): Walter P Carter Recreation Center, Evening Reporting Center of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, The House of Ruth, The Arc

Project Description: Baltimore Clayworks is dedicated to empowering youth through hands-on experiences in clay. These clay experiences bring young people a sense of accomplishment, focus, critical thinking skill practice, and tenacity. These are all characteristics that are engaged to achieve academically, and in the work environment. This initiative is a continuation of programming, including providing authentic, hands-on classes in clay and community-based public art projects. Clayworks is stepping up development by incorporating new technologies (3-D printing) and teaching transferable soft-skills as part of a job-training internship in ceramics.

The initiative will inaugurate this ceramics and technology internship program with youth from the BCPS Department of Transition Services. Some youth have poor literacy skills but advanced technology skills.

The Program will also provide authentic, hands-on classes in clay and community-based public art projects at five sites – classes in clay for all of them, three rounds of a 10- week internship program, and at least two public art projects in partnership with Walter P. Carter Recreation Center, The Evening Reporting Center of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, House of Ruth, BCPS Transition Services, and other interested groups for children and youth ages 7-23.

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