Cirrelda Snider-Bryan, Garden Programs Coordinator for New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, attended the recent NMPCA Annual Member Meeting and personally expressed her appreciation as an Armstrong Grant award recipient. In a thank you card, Cirrelda further expressed:
Please know how grateful I am to receive one of the Bill Armstrong Grants for 2017. The longevity + integrity of the organization, it’s commitment to supporting education in the ceramic arts here in NM is something to be proud of – and makes it a clear honor to me that you awarded my program “Clay Science at the Museum”. I look forward to sharing the finished PowerPoint with you all in the next year sometime – “The Geology of Clay in New Mexico”. In the meantime, happy to join you today @ member meeting and opening. It’s been at least 5 years since I’ve entered Celebration of Clay and it feels so good to be among fellow potters.
Watch for more Clay Science programs on the museum website.
In 2017, two Bill Armstrong Grant awards were given, one to the The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation to provide tools for classes in Clay Science at the Museum. The other award to Apprenticeships for Leaders in the Mosaic Arts – ALMA, based in Albuquerque. These awards were announced in a Slip Trail Article in June.
The Bill Armstrong Grant was established by NMPCA as an annual grant to expand educational and community ceramic art projects. Bill Armstrong, the late distinguished member of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists (NMPCA), was instrumental in teaching many people about pottery, always encouraging people to learn more and helping others. This grant, while not large (up to $1,000), has helped many schools and community organizations to enrich their ceramic art programs. Learn more about this grant on our website at www.nmpotters.org.