I am Julia Dean, the founder and owner of The Clay School, Ithaca’s community pottery studio. Over the past several weeks and months, I have been working as an individual and a business owner to understand the roots of systemic racism in this country and my place in it. I am making a commitment to this work both personally and professionally. On behalf of The Clay School, I commit to take the following steps:
-Reserve at least one seat in each (age 13+) clay class session for BIPOC community members seeking respite and recreation. This seat will be provided free of charge.
-Reserve at least one seat in each (age 13+) TRY-IT workshop for BIPOC community members seeking respite and recreation. This seat will be provided free of charge.
-Reserve at least one seat in each after school session for a BIPOC young person, free of charge, and partner with community organizations such as Village at Ithaca to eliminate transportation or other barriers to accessing the studio.
-Actively seek out opportunities to bring clay education to diverse communities outside of the studio.
-Contribute a portion of annual profits to local racial justice organizations.
-Engage in ongoing learning, thinking and discussion around the Clay School’s role in dismantling white supremacy and continually revisit these commitments.
Support the studio and our ongoing expenses through this difficult time. Use the DONATE button to select an amount that feels right for you. We’ll appreciate whatever you can offer and we’ll be here waiting for you when this passes.