Board Opportunities

Northern Clay Center


In the last 30 years, Northern Clay Center has become an established part of the local arts community, one that serves a particular marketplace, and one that has garnered national recognition for the quality and scope of its programs. We have set the bar for rigorous and engaging lectures, symposia, and publications. We’ve been able to reach a national and international audience, as well as an audience of participants within the Twin Cities. Other programs, such as the American Pottery Festival and McKnight Residency grants, bring national and international artists to our region, which continues to feed the lively exchange of ideas and aesthetics. Our outreach programming is a lodestar for ceramic centers around the country. Serving over 15,000 community members annually, it continues to be the fastest-growing segment of our programming.

The Clay Center is the only comprehensive ceramic arts organization in the region and is now one of the largest such organizations in the country; it has become a model for other medium-based education and artist service organizations.

Strategic Priories

2017 was a strategic planning year for NCC. Through intense collective assessment, we gained new perspective on our efforts to advance the field of ceramics, increase and encourage diversity throughout our organization, and enact plans to more intentionally harness momentums already in action. Our efforts culminated in a new strategic framework for NCC, a retooled mission statement, renewed guiding principles/values, and appropriate and meaningful goals for our future work.

  1. Create and promote high-quality, relevant, and participatory ceramic arts educational experiences.
  2. Cultivate and challenge ceramic arts audiences through extraordinary exhibitions and programming.
  3. Support ceramic artists in the expansion of their artistic and professional skills.
  4. Embrace makers from diverse cultures and traditions in order to create a more inclusive and dynamic clay community.
  5. Excel as a non-profit ceramic arts organization.

Annual budget: $1.75 million- Earned Income, Foundations, Government Grants or Contracts


Northern Clay Center is seeking board members with skills in the following areas:

  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Management and Leadership
  • Technology
  • Legal
  • Human Resources


  • Number of members currently: 17
  • Meeting time and frequency:  10 meetings annually
  • Meeting location: Minneapolis and virtually


  • Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month
  • Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
  • Service on Committee Required: Yes
  • Length of Term: 3 Years
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes

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2424 Franklin Avenue E Minneapolis, MN 55406


Northern Clay Center’s mission is to advance the ceramic arts for artists, learners, and the community, through education, exhibitions, and artist services.