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Easthampton Clay

Manny Rodriguez Scholarship

The Easthampton Clay Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is currently accepting scholarship applications.

The scholarship program’s mission is to provide an opportunity for BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB identity or disability low income members of the Western Mass Community to join our ceramics family. Each scholarship recipient will be invited to take part in an 8-week class at the studio, which includes a weekly 2-hour class, tools, clay, glaze, and two hours of optional practice time per week.

Liz Rodriguez, owner and founder of Easthampton Clay, is offering this scholarship in honor of her father, Manny Rodriguez. Manny taught art in the South Bronx during the 70s and 80s, a time when the area was particularly hard hit by poverty and racial injustice. He was dedicated to creating a therapeutic art space where children could find sanctuary and thrive. Manny was a conduit of peace and a beacon of light in a dark time for kids in the Bronx. He was funny, loving, and treasured by all faculty and students. Manny’s career wasn’t about his paycheck, but rather his life’s work was dedicated to children who were struggling.

We want our studio to have a similar purpose; to provide solace for those who are struggling, to be an accessible place for anyone who is interested, and to create a sense of community and support.

  • Scholarship recipients will be notified by your choice of email or phone.
  • The scholarship will be awarded to four individuals to take classes at Easthampton Clay.
  • We have openings for two adults and two children.
  • This scholarship is non-transferable and only valid for the current class session.

Accessibility:

Easthampton Clay is located at 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 241 Easthampton, MA 01027, and is accessible by a number of PVTA bus lines. If transportation is a concern for you, please reach out to the studio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The studio is wheelchair accessible. If you have any specific accessibility concerns or requirements please list them below or reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to donate to the Manny Rodriguez Scholarship fund, you can do so via Venmo @easthamptonclay or PayPal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Scholarship Application

We ask people to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Under $30k of yearly income for adult applicants, or under $40k of yearly household income
  • BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB identity or disability

We will not ask for any verification of these criteria but ask you to self select.
By applying, you agree to make an effort to attend classes for the 8 week session.

Please note: We are located in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

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Easthampton Clay Waiver Release and Studio Rules

Please be sure to read our Waiver Release and Studio Rules. All applicants must sign the waiver, and our studio rules have been updated.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Applicant has executed this Waiver and Release, as of the day and year of submitting this form.

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