Please join us in urging that members of the Baltimore City Council vote to approve Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer’s resolution number 17-0030R, on Monday June 19 at 5:00pm. Councilman Schleifer’s resolution may be viewed by clicking the button above.
“The Mt. Washington campus is the lungs of this organization — it breathes life into everything they do. The artists are the heart of the organization — and are suffocating by the mere suggestion of selling their artistic home.”
— From a letter to Baltimore City Councilman Yitzy Schleifer from John C. Wilson, expressing support for the Resolution opposing the hasty, unnecessary liquidation of assets by the Board of Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.
Reasons to approve the resolution opposing the sale include:
- The Baltimore City Council must support its citizens and the thousands of individuals who fear that the Board’s proposed sale of properties will lead to the loss of this treasured institution;
- The current Board of Trustees and inexperienced leadership have failed in their fiduciary duty to sustain the organization, and debt has increased in the past year (by approximately 120%) to almost $1.5 million;
- Over 1,000 stakeholders — including major donors, students, teachers, artists and former trustees — have petitioned to rescue Baltimore Clayworks, raised $150,000 in 3 weeks, and stand ready to return the institution to stability, health and pursuit of its mission.
- Rather than collaborate with the Clayworks Community to save Baltimore Clayworks, the management has caused further declines (laid off staff, failed to pay artists, vendors, and tax bills; eliminated exhibitions; operated the building without hot water and without a dumpster among other issues), and alienated so many previous supporters that donations and enrollments are at an all-time low.
- The number of trustees has withered to a desperate few who have no solution to the issues, and no roadmap for the future. The proposed sale is a reckless answer to problems magnified under their “stewardship,” risks the future life of a legacy Baltimore arts institution, and wastes over $1 million in State taxpayer monies invested over the past 10 years.
The City Council must urge the Board of Public Works to withhold approval before it is too late to save Baltimore Clayworks. Please stand with us and vote to oppose the sale.
CLAYWORKS COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN