Ronald McDonald House Charities recently approved a grant in the amount of $5,000 to Pewabic Pottery. The grant will support Pewabic Pottery’s in-patient Bedside Art program, “Fun With Clay,” as well as its High School Apprentice program.

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The Vision holds the belief that when you change a child’s life, you change a family’s, which can change a community, and ultimately the world. RMHC strives to be part of that change and part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families by providing programs that strengthen families during their most difficult or challenging times.

 Pewabic’s Bedside Art program, Fun With Clay, currently serves 200 children per year at Detroit’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan. This weekly bedside ceramic arts program is designed to provide creative activity as well as an outlet for expression beneficial to hospitalized children. The program is currently provided to pediatric inpatients ages 7-18 at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

 Pewabic’s High School Apprenticeship program serves the inner-city youth of Detroit, supplementing high school curriculum in Detroit Public Schools. In the school year 2009/2010, Pewabic provided ceramic art instruction through its programming to 8,000 underserved Detroit youth who do not have access to the arts. Pewabic programs are focused on underserved Detroit youth who do not typically have access to the arts through their schools. Pewabic’s underlying belief is that ceramic arts are a powerful vehicle for youth development; this is much needed in a disinvested community with a high rate of youth poverty.

Pewabic Pottery’s Tudor Revival style building is a National Historic Landmark, located at 10125 East Jefferson Avenue. The mission of Pewabic Pottery is to engage people in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists while promoting and preserving its historic legacy. Pewabic offers visitors an exciting glimpse of a little known part of American history. Founded in 1903 during the Arts & Crafts Movement, Pewabic is nationally renowned for its tile and pottery in unique glazes. Today Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit ceramic art education center that welcomes 40,000 visitors to the Pottery, as well as 100,000 web visitors annually.

 Pewabic youth education programs are offered free to Detroit youth in public and charter schools, offering opportunities for quality after-school programs for youth that take place in healthy, safe, and supportive environments. These programs teach real-life skills using ceramic arts while supporting creative self-expression, career exploration for youth, and helping participants develop self-confidence. Pewabic also teaches 1,000 adults each year through varied courses from beginner to advanced levels.


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