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Northern Clay Center

Northern Clay Center's mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts. Ongoing programs include exhibitions by contemporary regional, national and international ceramic artists, as well as historical and architectural ceramics; classes and workshops for children and adults at all skill levels; studio space and grants for artists; and a sales gallery representing many top ceramic artists from the region and elsewhere.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 8/29/2013
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: (612)339-8007
Fax: (612)399-0592
EIN 41-1616650
Principal Staff Sarah Millfelt,
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 20
Board meetings with quorum 10
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 12.91
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
• Exhibitions in 2011 continued the NCC's track record of producing a roster of exhibitions unique in the country for scale and scope. • The Center’s ClayToGo program saw 5,580 youth, families and school children in 2011. We balanced our long-time work with repeat partners with new collaborations. From veterans and troubled teens to youth mentors and homeless adults, the diversity of our partners grew exponentially in 2011. Overall, more than 14,000 adults and children participated in classes, workshops, residencies, lectures and clay camps. • NCC conducted its second International Study Tour, to Japan. 18 participants from across the country, led by the Japan America Society of Minnesota, explored ceramics and architecture of Japan. • NCC completed the third full year of new programming under the Wallace Foundation Excellence in the Arts (WEA) award, reaching over 2,000 individuals, age 55+. • We experienced another strong year of support for individual artists. Some $436,100 was paid to artists in grants, teaching fees and commissions, bringing the total paid to artists since 1995 to some $5.6 million. • NCC completed a year-long celebration of NCC’ 20th Anniversary. A series of Clay Center openings, workshops, lectures and gatherings was produced, reaching thousands of clay lovers, collectors, students, and artists. • NCC completed search process to replace NCC’s long-time director, Emily Galusha. A national search was conducted early in 2011. NCC’s board of directors hired Sarah Millfelt, the Center’s Deputy Director. Millfelt began her tenure in early October.
Current Goals
In addition to the organizational goals listed above for 2011, Northern Clay Center hopes to meet the following objectives with its 2012 current programming: 1. More individuals develop an appreciation for the use and beauty of ceramics, as evidenced by numbers of visitors to the Center and sales 2. Long-time students deepen their involvement with ceramics, as shown in their repeat enrollments and through their matriculation into studio space 3. Appreciation grows for the value of experiences with clay for children, as shown by the rate of repeated partnerships with schools and community groups
Community or Constituency Served
Northern Clay Center offers programs and services that are both inward-looking to the art form and its makers and outward-looking to the larger culture. the differing needs and interests and goals of our several constituents drive the selection of our institutional goals and objectives. In this, the Clay Center affirms both the primacy of the art and the critical need to engage with the larger community. Northern Clay Center continues to address the needs of three major constituents and communities in the following ways: Ceramic artists—through exhibitions, sales, and employment opportunities, affordable studio space, access to special equipment, continued training, and grants; students and teachers—through regular classes and special workshops, training for teachers, field trips, and artist residencies in area schools and community organizations; and the general public—through exhibitions of work by regional, national and international artists, publications, classes, internet facility, and other outreach programs.
Geographic Area Served
Each of Northern Clay Center’s program areas serves a particular audience and community while advancing the ceramic arts. 1. The exhibition program serves regional, national and international artists and visitors. 2. NCC's artists grants and studio programs serve emerging and mid-career ceramic artists who are local, regional and international. We provide facilities for Twin Cities-based artists (many of whom relocate here after receiving their BFAs and MFAs from major ceramics institutions). 3. Our education and outreach programs serve the Twin Cities metro area; additional partnerships reach schools and community organizations in Greater Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. 4. Under the ART@HAND initiative, we conduct partnerships with institutions that serve persons who are 55+, most of which are within the 11-county Metro Area. • Finally, through virtual means on our Web site, we are able to reach an even wider audience with online exhibitions and a virtual sales gallery.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $1,369,125 89.7%
Management: $126,545 8.3%
Fundraising: $30,320 2%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2012 2011 2010
End of Year: $2,363,759 $2,049,951 $1,803,761
Beginning of Year $2,049,951 $1,803,761 $1,596,078
Difference $313,808 $246,190 $207,683
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $2,363,759
Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012
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