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Letter: Carbondale Clay Center grateful for Stakeholders Forum participation

The Carbondale Clay Center would like to thank all of the participants in our recent “Stakeholders Forum”.

In an attempt to raise awareness and excitement for the Carbondale Clay Center, and to address issues of financial solvency, we held our first Stakeholders Forum. Our goals for the Forum meeting were simple: to establish if there are people in our community who care about the survival of the Clay Center, and to create a dialogue about our future. We are grateful to the more than 35 people who attended our first meeting, and appreciated the lively discussion.

During the planning stages of the Forum, we reached out to members of our community with our concerns, and were surprised with a generous opportunity bestowed upon us that will directly impact our financial future. If the Clay Center can raise $45,000 by the end of this year, an anonymous donor has agreed to donate a matching $45,000.

The Carbondale Clay Center has been an important part of the Roaring Fork Valley since the Center’s inception in 1997. Over the last 15 years, the Clay Center has played a pivotal role in the local art scene by offering a positive and supportive place to build community through artistic expression and arts education. Generous community support has allowed us to successfully sponsor ceramic classes, kids clay camps, gallery exhibitions, artist residencies, outreach programming, special events, and community parties.

Thank you all for your time and efforts towards the past and the future of the Carbondale Clay Center. Please donate now, and help the Clay Center continue to enrich the lives of artists of all ages from the Carbondale and Roaring Fork Valley community. Through all of our successes and struggles, we have had an amazing 15 years here in Carbondale, and we are hoping for many more!

To donate, please contact Jill at the Clay Center, 970-963-2529.

Lily Larkin, Sam Harvey, Larry Cohen, Frank McGuirk, Summers Moore, Tai Pomara, Doug Casebeer, Lynn Kirchner, Sunni McBride, and Jill Oberman

The Carbondale Clay Center Board of Directors, advisory board and executive director

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