Many warm-hearted and well-fed thanks to all of the participants in this year’s Chili Cook-off! Some were brave enough to sample chilis and vote; some contributed through volunteerism; some threw caution to the February winds and tried their hands at wheel-throwing and handbuilding; and then there were those who toiled, boiled, experimented, and schlepped their chili contenders in crock pots to be judged by friends and strangers alike. The event grows in size and popularity ever year, and we are grateful to all of you for this.
Looking back while looking forward—never an easy task, but a requisite one in the not-for-profit world. What have we done? What had we wanted to do? What’s next? Where do we hope to be? Fourth quarter of our calendar/fiscal year is all about finding answers to these questions.
In the last year, we’ve taken big steps to identify new ways that we can engage audiences, further diversify the field of ceramics, better serve artists, and respond to the changing needs of all of our constituents:
How did you get involved with NCC?
It started with the ClayToGo partnership with Columbia Heights Public Schools’ (CHPS) after-school program, which I supervise as the Director of Community Education. Ongoing programs gave me an understanding of NCC’s outreach program. I also stopped in the Sales Gallery to purchase gifts for special occasions.
What is your relationship with NCC?
I’m on faculty for adult classes; I do outreach with adults living with disabilities; lead events in corporate America; as well as lead teacher-in-service workshops. It’s just so automatic, I don’t really think about it. Oh yeah! I volunteer for events too!
Why did you get involved initially?