Sarah B. McCann

Lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland 

Curatorial Experience

2019  Ways of Seeing, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD

2018  Portraits of People We Love: Newark, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ

          Our Words Will Be Heard, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore, MD

2017  Portraits of People We Love, MICA Place, Baltimore, MD

2016  Home, Tiny Museum at the Loading Dock, Baltimore, MD

2015  Putting the Pieces Together, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2014  Experience Transformation: The Impact of Clay, Co-curated with Brett Freund, Creative Alliance, 
           Baltimore MD

2013  Baltimore from Many Perspectives, D Center, Baltimore MD

2012  House Show, Urbanite@Case[werks] in partnership with D Center, Baltimore, MD  
           Women: An Exhibition, D Center @ MAP, Baltimore, MD

2011  The Process of Peace, Towson ARTS Collective, Towson, MD

2010  What's Your War? Co-curated with Oasa DuVerney, 5 Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

          What’s Your War? Co-curated with Oasa DuVerney, Load of Fun Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Solo Exhibitions

2018  Jubilee Arts Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Select Group Exhibitions

2017  The Big Show, The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Members Exhibition, The Baltimore County Arts Guild, Baltimore, MD

Resist, 2017 Mansion Show, Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Oneonta, NY

Artists for Truth Exhibition, Space Camp, Baltimore, MD

2016  Breaking the Mold, The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

The Big Show, The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

2015  Putting the Pieces Together, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

Connections, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2014  365 Artists 365 Days, Online,

Clay From the Classroom, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2013  Community Arts Teaching Artists, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

Station North Salon Show, Single Carrot Theater, Baltimore, MD

2012  Promesas (Promises), William Paterson University Gallery, Wayne, NJ

Clay From the Classroom, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

Emma Wilcox: Where it Falls, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

FiveMyles Gallery Exhibition and Auction, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Print Show, Golden West Cafe, Baltimore, MD

2012!!! Apocalypse Art Show, Golden West Cafe, Baltimore, MD

2011  Community Arts Teaching Artists, Baltimore Clayworks Community Arts Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2010  Community Arts Brunch Cookbook Release and Exhibition, CHMCC, Baltimore, MD

What’s Your War? 5 Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

FORCE: On the Culture of Rape, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD

The Text & Its Discontexts, Towson Arts Collective, Towson, MD

A Personal Touch, Baltimore Clayworks Community Arts Gallery, Baltimore, MD

What’s Your War? Load of Fun Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Sign Language, Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Social Change Exhibition, Towson Arts Collective, Towson, MD

Hope-a-holic, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY

Transformations in Clay, Baltimore Clayworks Community Arts Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009  Extra-Curricular Clay, Baltimore Clayworks Community Arts Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Summer Institute Exhibition, Youth Dreamers and Shepherd’s Clinic, Baltimore, MD

Connecting the Dots: Life in the Community Art Corps, MICA, Baltimore, MD

Youth Dreamers Housewarming Art Auction/Exhibition, Youth Dreamers, Baltimore, MD

2008  ArtScape Summer Institute Show, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore MD

MACA Thesis Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Sowebo Festival Salon Art Show, Baltimore, MD

2007  In the Country of Last Refuge, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

2005  Storefront/Forefront, Tower Records Building, New York, NY

9x12 Works On Paper, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

2003  Thesis Exhibition, Rosenberg Gallery, New York University, New York, NY

2000  Space/Structure: A Photographic Exhibition, 16 Waverly Place, New York, NY

Collaborative and Public Projects


Text It!

We use text messages to communicate quickly and immediately to our family and friends. What if we were also able to do this to a larger audience – to our neighborhood, community, the public? This project in partnership with Tinges Commons facilitated a series of text pieces painted on a sign board in the Better Waverly community. Suggestions for the sign were accepted from any and all community members that wanted to participate and were painted weekly from April – July, 2012.


Odd Beauty: Signs of Absurdity and Elegance Within

Co-facilitated project with Graham Coreil-Allen. Collaboration between middle school students and artists.  Installation of signs on Tinges Commons, a community garden and art space in Baltimore City.
Collaborators: Youth Dreamers, Tinges Commons, Graham Coreil-Allen, Colin Benjamin and John Bylander.

It is Not Ok/I Can

Installation based project in which participants complete the phrases “It is not ok…” and “I can…” Installed in multiple venues including empty storefronts, the Stadium School and MICA’s Brown Center.  Upcoming installation at Wide Angle Youth Media Festival.
Collaborators: Youth Dreamers, MICA Graphic Design Department, J.J. Clarke Enterprises, public.


Joy Banners

Facilitated project in which students from the Youth Dreamers, their parents, and patients of Shepherd’s Clinic designed banners for the Joy Wellness Center with the theme, “What does Joy Mean to You?”
Collaborators: Youth Dreamers, Youth Dreamer parents, Shepherd’s Clinic, Shepherd’s Clinic patients, Joy Wellness Center, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Youth Dreamers Mural, Baltimore MD

Designed and painted mural in the Youth Dreamers Youth Center.
Collaborators: Youth Dreamers, Youth Dreamer Board, Youth Dreamer parents.

105 – 115 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore MD

Organized two art exhibitions in the windows of 5 vacant buildings in downtown Baltimore.
Collaborators: Youth Dreamers, J.J. Clarke Enterprises, Mr. Ghee, Lara Emerling, The Stadium School.

Kirk Avenue Banners, Baltimore, MD

Project in which students in the Youth Dreamers Live Out Loud summer program designed banners that were installed on Kirk Avenue as part of James W. Rouse Community Service Day.
Collaborators: Youth Dreamers, Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse, Baltimore City.

Community/Work Experience

2008 - Present SBM Consulting, Baltimore MD
Support organizations in fundraising, grant-writing and development planning. Create and facilitate classes, workshops and after school programs. Organize and install exhibitions and related programming. Partner organizations include, but are not limited to: Baltimore Clayworks, Creative Alliance, D Center, Load of Fun Gallery, Towson Arts Collective, Wide Angle Youth Media, Young Audiences and the Youth Dreamers. For more information visit:

2017 - 2018 Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore MD
Grants Manager
Responsible for planning and executing a $600,000 annual grant writing program for the Library's Department of Institutional Advancement. Cultivate corporations and foundations, research new funding opportunities and maintain donor reporting and site visits. Raise additional funds for capital campaigns and special initiatives. Track and report on all grants that have been awarded to the Library and maintains relationships with grantors. Project Director for pilot year of Social Worker in the Library.

2013 - 2017 Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
Executive Director
Provide visionary leadership for organization, manage day-to-day affairs, under the direction of the board of directors and its committees. Collaboratively manage staff. Responsible for Clayworks' overall management and consistent achievement of its mission, strategic goals and financial objectives. Chief fundraiser and relationship manager.

2012 – 2013  Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
Development Director
Responsible for all development activities at a mid-sized arts non-profit organization including: grant writing, identifying and cultivating prospective donors, managing donor database, coordinating membership, corporate sponsorship, event planning and implementation, managing staff, volunteers and interns, working with Marketing Department to produce material for events and mailings and developing the annual appeal.

2008 – 2017  Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
Instructor/Community Artist/Summer Camp Director
Develop curriculum, plan and implement arts and community arts workshops with diverse populations, teach ceramic arts skills, utilize ceramic arts as a means of connecting people. Recruit, supervise summer camp instructors, interns and students. Direct all aspects of 2011 summer camps, which served over 170 students.

2011 – 2012  Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD
Instructor Open Minds Program
Write and implement curriculum with the theme Cultural Legacy/Exploring Community for the Open Minds Art Clubs at the Creative Alliance and at Patterson Park Public Charter School. Lead drop in family activities. Coordinate end of semester exhibition and celebration.

2010 - 2011  Wide Angle Youth Media
Festival Coordinator
Facilitate Youth Media Festival Committee, a group of high school students that plan, implement, and create all aspects of the annual Who Are You? Youth Media Festival, write curriculum, train teachers, develop and maintain partnerships, coordinate visiting artists, design festival press material, organize submission process, present at schools and after school programs. 

2008 – 2010  The Stadium School Youth Dreamers, Baltimore MD
Community Artist-in-Residence
Work closely with executive director, plan, implement and facilitate community arts activities including: an after school community arts program, in school community arts projects, multigenerational workshops with patients from the Shepherd’s Clinic, incorporate art into service days, recruit volunteers, organize art auction, grant write, coordinate visiting artists.


McCann, Sarah "Does Outreach Equal Equity? Thoughts on the Impact and Challenges of Off-site Community Programs and the Struggle to Use the Arts in Achieving Social Justice" In E. Garber, L. Hochtritt, & M. Sharma (Eds.), Makers, crafters, educators: Working for cultural change. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018.

McCann, Sarah "Sallah Jenkins: Mother, Artist, Creator" Studio Potter. Vol. 45 No. 1 Winter/Spring 2017, p 59-60.

Cohen, Laura and McCann, Sarah "Americorps at Baltimore Clayworks" Ceramics Technical. No. 37 2013, p 14-17.

Scharper, Julie. "In Waverly, Messages of Inspiration" The Baltimore Sun. 19 July 2012.,0,5024499.story 

Stuelpnagel, Daniel. Women, an Exhibition What Weekly 2012

McCann, Sarah. This is Visual Poetry. Chapbook Publishers, 2010.

-ship, a collective autobiography, an argument and a consensus on authorship today based on the model of Wikipedia, collected by lmackler.

Wilcox, Emma, ed. In the Country of Last Refuge. Aferro Publication No. 1.

Viewing Programs

Baker Artist Portfolio

Maryland State Arts Council


2019 Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA in Community Arts

2015 The LEADERship, a program of the Greater Baltimore Committee

2011 Advancing Youth Development Certificate, The After School Institute

2007 - 2008  Maryland Institute College of Art, MA in Community Arts - Blaustein Scholar

1999 – 2003  New York University, B.S. in Studio Art

Grants and Awards

2018  Creative Baltimore Fund Mayor's Individual Artist Award

2017 As Grants Manager at Enoch Pratt Free Library raised $1.4million including: $650,000 annual operating funds, $500,000 for capital improvements, and $250,000 for special projects.

2016  Smart CEO Brava Award

2014 - 2017 As Executive Director of Baltimore Clayworks, part of a Development Team that raised an average of $509,000 each year including corporate, foundation, government, individual funds, and events.

2013  As Development Director at Baltimore Clayworks raised $532,798 including corporate, foundation, government, and individual funds.

2009  Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts Community Arts Projects Grant

          Parks & People Foundation Neighborhood Greening Grant

2008  Americorps Make a Difference Day Grant

          Parks & People Foundation Neighborhood Greening Grant

Boards and Committees

2017 - Present Board Member, Intersection of Change

2016 - Present  Board Member, Awesome Foundation, Baltimore Chapter

2015 - Present  Representative of the Class of 2015, The LEADERship, Greater Baltimore Committee

2015 - 2018  Care Taking Council, Baltimore and Beyond: Mindfulness Community

2015 - 2017  Board Member, Mt. Washington Merchants Association

2015 – 2016  Co-Chair Public Advocacy Committee, Young Nonprofit Professional Network Baltimore

2010 – 2013
  Board Member, Youth Dreamers, Inc.

2012 - 2013 Strategic Planning Committee, Jubilee Arts 

2010 - 2011 Secretary, Wide Angle Youth Media Events Committee

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