Your donations support the Baltimore Jewelry Center
The Baltimore Jewelry Center is an independent educational nonprofit organization growing a vibrant creative community for the study and practice of metalworking for new and established artists in Baltimore. Formerly the MICA Jewelry Center, the BJC aims to be a leading center for jewelry and metalsmithing education on the East Coast, offering the same level of excellence developed by the MICA Jewelry Center, with a long-term goal of acquiring accreditation.
The Baltimore Jewelry Center offers affordable and dedicated studio space for jewelers and metalsmiths. We offer classes, workshops, and bench rental as well as three certificate tracks. Additionally, we offer business and marketing support to artists to help them create sustainable business plans and keep them living and working in Baltimore. Since opening the Baltimore Jewelry Center, we have educated over 400 students in metalsmithing, provided studio access to over 60 artists, and exposed over 800 patrons to art jewelry through exhibitions and free programming. In 2015, we completed a $600,000 capital campaign to complete the build-out of our brand new 3500 square foot studio with state-of-the-art ventilation, updated safety features, expanded teaching and bench rental space, and a gallery.
As a nonprofit, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is highly dependent on donations to operate. While we have two revenue streams, classes/workshops and studio space rental, donations from our community and foundations make our day to day work possible. Currently, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is raising funds to help support our outreach programming in FY2017. These funds will allow us to offer scholarships, host free workshops and artist talks, and develop exhibitions in our gallery.
I hope you will consider donating today to the Baltimore Jewelry Center to help us continue to bring art jewelry and metalsmithing educational opportunities to the Baltimore metro area.
You can also support us by attending our annual benefit party. Ornamenta 2017 will take place on Saturday, February 4 at Impact Hub. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit ornamenta2017.bpt.me