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November 2018 - Mudflat's Annual Appeal

Dear Mudflat Friends,

Each year we ask for your support for the programs and initiatives that make Mudflat a vibrant and creative place for clay for artists and students of all ages. We seek funds to:

Offer scholarships to adults and children for classes at Mudflat: Our scholarship funds make financial awards each semester to adults and children so that they may attend classes and workshops at Mudflat. In 2018 we provided scholarships to 38 recipients, from four Scholarship Funds, totaling $7928.

Provide artistic enrichment experiences for local community groups and schools: Mudflat’s Community Fund supports field trips to our facility or visits to community groups and schools and provides a valuable artistic experience for children, teens, and families. Outreach programming in 2018 included participants at the Mystic Learning Center, the Welcome Project, and the HomeBase veterans program.

Maintain our equipment, facility, and technical resources for our students and artists: In 2018 Mudflat committed to adding new equipment. We installed a 5th electric kiln, to expand our firing capacity; purchased a 20 cubic foot Bailey soda kiln, providing a specialized firing alternative while increasing kiln capacity; and installed 134 solar panels, to reduce our electricity use and support green energy initiatives. Next up: replacing our spray booth and new pottery wheels!

Ensure that Mudflat is a vibrant, creative place: The Mudflat General Fund provides unrestricted money for general expenses, new programming, and community events, such as our annual Empty Bowls fundraiser.

Thanks to donors like you, Mudflat works to fulfill our mission of creativity and commitment in a thriving environment focused on education in the ceramic arts. Please make a tax-deductible contribution today. And visit us during our annual Holiday Open Studio & Sale, November 30 through December 9, to see the Mudflat spirit in action. Mudflat is grateful for your continued support!




Mudflat Equipment Fund - NEW!!

We kicked off a new Mudflat Equipment Fund to maintain and expand the pottery wheels, electric and gas kiln, and other equipment and facility issues that are critical to our programming.

Thank you!

           Donate now to Mudflat's Equipment Fund


Mudflat General Fund

Our vision for Mudflat’s growth includes a breadth and depth of high quality programs that develop the creative and technical skills of potters and sculptors of all ages and abilities. We work to provide opportunities for expanded programming that includes more visiting artists, adjunct classes and community outreach. We offer studio arrangements that encourage interaction and collaborations among professional ceramic artists. As a community we participate in events that benefit people beyond our doors through our annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. All of these support Mudflat’s mission to promote excellence and participation in the ceramic arts.

Thank you!

           Donate now to Mudflat's General Fund



Mudflat Scholarship Funds

Mudflat's four scholarship funds are supported by the generous contributions from individuals and by revenues from our Open Studio Pottery Raffles. Since 1998, Mudflat has awarded $91,675 in financial aid to 501 individuals.

A limited number of partial scholarships for any adult class are available each semester to adult students needing financial assistance through the John McCooey Fund, established in 1998 in memory of a long-time Mudflat student.

In 2004 Mudflat established a scholarship fund to benefit children and their families. The Elee Koplow Scholarship Fund, in memory of this long-time Mudflat artist and teacher, provides financial assistance for children, teen, and parent & child classes.

A scholarship fund in memory of Mudflat founder Ellen Schorr was established in 2015 with support from Ellen's family and friends. Scholarships will be awarded to adult students who are seriously pursuing education in the ceramic arts.

Our newest scholarship fund was established in 2016 by family members to honor Judith Fuchel-Mahler. Scholarships will be awarded to adult students who are studying handbuilding and sculpture in the ceramic arts.

Thank you!

Donate now to Mudflat’s Scholarship Funds


Mudflat Community Outreach Program Fund

As a complement to our core program of classes and workshops for adults, children and teens, Mudflat offers opportunities for school and youth groups to visit our facility for a hands-on experience working with clay. These field trip visits are led by Mudflat faculty and incorporate age-appropriate clay working techniques in handbuilding and wheelthrowing skills. Participants create works in clay that they make and decorate; all work is fired in Mudflat kilns to produce a finished product.

Contributions to Mudflat's Community Outreach Program Fund will support visits to Mudflat by groups with limited financial resources and provide a valuable artistic experience for all children and teens hoping to explore their creativity in clay. New outreach programming in 2017 included participants at the Mystic Learning Center, the Welcome Project, and the HomeBase program for veterans and their families.

Thank you!

Donate now to the Community Outreach Program Fund


Mudflat Building Fund

Our new building at 81 Broadway in Somerville opened in August 2011. Mudflat's $3.8 million renovation of the old Broadway Theatre into a premier clay school and studio is stunning, full of light, air, space and happy ceramic artists. This new home for Mudflat is an exciting place, with larger classrooms, improved equipment, additional artist studios, and a new space for expanded programs and community events.

Your donations, large and small, to Mudflat's Building Fund, are much appreciated and will guarantee the success of the project as well as Mudflat's future health as a thriving cultural organization.

Thank you!

Donate now to the Mudflat Building Fund



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