"The Baltimore Jewelry Center has been a tremendous resource for both beginning and expanding my knowledge of metals, and more importantly a wonderful space in which to create, grow, and learn." -Michael S.
The year 2014 has been momentous for the Baltimore Jewelry Center! On June 14, after more than a year of preparation, we opened the doors of the Baltimore Jewelry Center. This summer, we offered classes and workshops to 48 students, and in the fall our enrollment grew to 78 students as we expanded our program, offering additional classes and a new 4-week class program. The past six months have seen other successes as well: We hosted an off-site exhibition at D center Baltimore, received our official 501(c)3 designation from the IRS, and have been working with our architectural team, Alexander Design Studio, to design our new space at the Centre at 10 E. North Avenue. In this time, we participated in four retail markets, offering our students a chance to show and sell their work, hosted a free outdoor casting event in the "Ynot Lot" near the Centre, and exhibited faculty and student work at Baltimore’s Area 405. We have surpassed our student and bench rental enrollment goals, earning additional revenue that has helped ease our transition from being part of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to being an independent center for art jewelry and metalsmithing education.
As we look ahead, we are excited about what 2015 will bring. We will expand our programming by adding teen workshops and more mini workshops for those who want to sample metalsmithing. We also hope to launch a scholarship program and expand our staffing to manage our growing program. Our new space is under construction and we expect it to be completed for a July 1 move-in. In addition to state-of-the-art ventilation, updated safety features, expanded teaching and bench rental space, our new space will have a gallery where we will host exhibitions and artist talks; we are already booked as a venue for a national traveling exhibition this fall! Our new space is located in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Baltimore’s rapidly expanding arts district, in a historic Art Deco theatre that will also house a MICA/Johns Hopkins film program, restaurants, and other nonprofits. We will be located two blocks from the Charles Theatre and across the street from the Parkway Theatre, the new home of the Maryland Film Festival.
In the past year, we have received over 60 donations from individuals. These funds have helped us operate our day-to-day programming of classes, workshops and studio rental. We have been awarded grants from the Windgate Foundation, the Abell Foundation, and the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation towards our capital campaign. We have raised over $280,000 ($140,000 from grants) and we have an estimated $300,000 more to raise to complete the build out of our space.
We are so grateful to the amazing community of students, staff, instructors, visiting artists, and friends who have donated time, expertise, and money to help create the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Because of your support, Baltimore has a metals makerspace that offers rigorous education and shared studio space to new and established artists. The Baltimore Jewelry Center is the only organization of its kind in the area that offers affordable metals and art jewelry education to anyone regardless of artistic background or experience. At the Baltimore Jewelry Center, students learn new skills, develop a body of work, and become part of a strong, nurturing arts community. We are committed to offering rich educational experiences to people of all walks of life, and we need your help to continue to do so. Your contribution will directly support the construction of our state-of-the-art studio, classroom and gallery spaces in Station North. We thank you for all of your support, and we hope that you will continue to partner with us in 2015.
Shane Prada, Program Coordinator
To learn more and see the plans for our new space, visit baltimorejewelrycenter.org/pages/donate
The Baltimore Jewelry Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Contributions for the purposes of the Baltimore Jewelry Center are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.