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Claymobile Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a Claymobile Residency

What is a Claymobile Residency?
When does the Claymobile work?
Where does the Claymobile work?
What is the Claymobile curriculum?
What is the cost of the Claymobile?
How do I prove an economic need?

What is a Claymobile Residency?

A Claymobile Residency is a series of weekly ceramics classes led by a professional clay artist and assistant. The residency length, usually 6-12 weeks, can be decided upon by your organization. The Claymobile is able to work with a group of no more than 30 students per 90-minute class. Each class will occur on the same day at the same time each week for the duration of the residency.

All Claymobile residencies occur at a location designated by the partner organization. Any room at your organization with tables and chairs can easily be turned into a ceramics classroom. The Claymobile teacher brings everything necessary to work with clay, including tarps for the tables and smocks for the students, if requested. Claymobile teachers will transport these materials to and from the site each day, so no on-site storage is needed.

When does the Claymobile work?

The Claymobile Program holds classes all year long. Classes are scheduled between 8am - 6pm, 7 days a week.

Where does the Claymobile work?

The Claymobile will work during the school day in any pre-K - 12th grade classroom, including but not limited to: science, social studies, and art rooms. The Claymobile also serves after-school programs, summer camps, community centers, senior centers, missions and homeless shelters, and juvenile detention centers, among others. We work in every Council District of Philadelphia, as well as Camden and Delaware Counties.

What is the Claymobile Curriculum like?

All Claymobile lessons adhere to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities. In addition, the Claymobile makes every effort to cater its lessons to enhance core curricula or reinforce your specific organization's themes. Several of our residencies have concentrated on teaching Social Studies and History through the arts of various cultures around the globe, and we have also worked to enhance several science lessons.

What is the cost of the Claymobile?

The full price of the Claymobile program is $400 per class making a six-week residency $2,400. However, it is the Claymobile's mission to make it possible for our community’s most underserved populations to access the ceramic arts. In keeping with this mission, we provide those organizations that can demonstrate an economic need with partial to fully subsidized residencies.

Many of our Claymobile sites are provided the program at no cost, thanks to our large list of Claymobile supporters. If your organization lacks the financial means, but is still interested in partnering with the Claymobile, please contact us and we will add you to our subsidy waitlist.

How do I prove an economic need?

If you are a school in the Philadelphia School District, your school demonstrates an economic need if the number of students classified as "economically disadvantaged" is over 70%, or if your school is classified as "Empowerment" or "Renaissance". All of this information is accessible to the public on the Philadelphia School District's website.

All other organizations must prove their financial need in a written letter to the Outreach Program Director, who will assess subsidy opportunities on a case-by-case basis.

Any questions can be answered by calling, writing, or e-mailing:

Annette Monnier, Outreach Program Director
The Clay Studio
137-139 N 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
annette@theclaystudio.org
P. 215.925.3453 x 15
F. 215.925.7774