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McCann Takes Helm at Baltimore Clayworks

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Nov 06, 2013
Baltimore, MD

After a comprehensive six month search, the board of directors of Baltimore Clayworks is pleased to announce they have voted to approve Sarah B. McCann as Baltimore Clayworks' next executive director effective immediately. McCann previously served as Clayworks' development director. The board has full confidence that McCann will continue to be an excellent steward of Baltimore Clayworks' mission and a leader and advocate for the ceramic arts in Baltimore and beyond. 

A seasoned Baltimore-based community artist and independent curator, McCann has facilitated public and collaborative art projects with local organizations and individuals. Her experience with "After School Time Arts" programming with organizations such as Creative Alliance, Wide Angle Youth Media, and the Youth Dreamers has provided McCann  with experience in many aspects of successful non-profit management and programming. McCann serves as a board member of the Youth Dreamers, an organization committed to youth leadership development. She was involved in strategic planning for Clayworks' partner Jubilee Arts, a community arts organization that provides arts programming to the residents of Sandtown-Winchester/Upton, and the surrounding neighborhoods on Baltimore's West-side.
Kevin Apperson, current board chair for Baltimore Clayworks, commented, "I am excited and thrilled to have Sarah as our next executive director. She brings a breadth of experience as an artist, development director, and community leader to Baltimore Clayworks. I look forward to working with her and helping Baltimore Clayworks reach the next level as an organization."
McCann has expressed a strong commitment to furthering Baltimore Clayworks' mission by building on the strength of its 33 year history and using the organization's strategic plan as a vision and guide. Her goal is to work with staff, the board, and the community of Clayworks to create an action plan to move the organization forward step by step. 

About Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore Clayworks opened in1980 by nine clay artists with a strong community consciousness to create a studio where artists, students and the public could experience and learn about the ceramic arts. Over the last 28 years, Baltimore Clayworks has established a national reputation for artistic excellence, artist support and community involvement. It is housed in two historic buildings in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore City: a former 1919 Enoch Pratt public library, housing artists’ studios, classrooms and kilns and a former convent built in1883, housing a suite of exhibition galleries, artist apartment, meeting space and offices.
To realize the organization’s mission to develop, promote and sustain an artist-centered community, providing exceptional artistic, educational and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts, the artists, staff and board of directors of Baltimore Clayworks provide accessible and affordable classes and studios to Baltimore area residents, as well as galleries which are free and open to the public six days a week.
Pictured Above: Sarah McCann and Interim Executive Director Paul Derstine.

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