We are indebted to many individuals and civic leaders who have heard the voices of the Clayworks Community in this campaign to retain our home and restore the organization to stability and success. We are united in our goal: to see a healthy Baltimore Clayworks, with financial stability restored and assured, reviving its pursuit of its noble mission and delivering joy and excellence in the ceramics arts. Consider all these friends and their efforts on our behalf:
The Baltimore City Council adopted Resolution 17-0030R, “FOR the purpose of requesting that the Governor of Maryland, and the Members of the Board of Public Works of Maryland, reject the proposed sale of two buildings owned by Baltimore Clayworks.” Read more about the Resolution, sponsored by Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Clarke, Henry, Cohen, Costello, Stokes and Dorsey, here: Baltimore City Council Adopts Resolution June 19, 2017.
Thank you, Delegate Bilal Ali, for standing up for the Baltimore Clayworks Community in urging the Board of Public Works to halt the sale of its two valuable buildings. Delegate Ali accompanied members of the Clayworks Community to the City Council meeting on June 19, and wrote each member of the BPW that:
“I fear that the sale of the two buildings will be the death knell of this outstanding institution that is so important to the citizens of the State of Maryland. And I therefore, respectfully and strongly, request that you do all in your power to halt the sale.”
Delegate Ali, along with his District 41 colleagues (Delegates Rosenberg and Gibson, State Senator Oaks), facilitated a meeting with representatives of the BPW offices for members of the Campaign. There we presented the Petition, hundreds of letters, and information about the risks in the proposed sale by Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.
We are indebted as well to the support and assistance the Campaign and Baltimore Clayworks have received from Delegates Mary Washington and Shelly Hettleman (see letter, below), as well as Delegates Adrienne Jones and Maggie McIntosh, who called for and chaired the May 2 briefing in Annapolis, and continue to take a strong interest in the issues.
On June 17, the number of Petition signers passed the magic 1,000 mark, and the number keeps climbing. See an update and list of supporters here.
Retired U.S. SenatorBarbara Mikulski, always a champion of the people, wrote to the Board of Public Works:
“Clearly the citizens of our State and the many hundreds of students, donors, artists and others who have sustained Baltimore Clayworks are opposed to the proposed sale and relocation…. I urge the members of the Board of Public Works to hear the voices of the community in this matter.”
District 11 Delegate Shelly Hettleman spoke with Community members at the June 12 meeting, and expressed her interest in the issue and seeing it resolved in a way that involves Community input and gains Community support.
“It would be a shame if decisions on the future of the property were made without prior full consideration of how Clayworks’ operating budget and programmatic plans for the future are evaluated. There is a clear need for transparency, as well as financial and programmatic stability, before far-reaching decisions are made.”