33% of Medalta’s operating income comes from levels of government, while 43% is from donations.
Over 34,000 visitors walked through our doors in 2018. 5,000 of those were children visiting our education programs.
In 2001, our operating cost was $150,000 per year. in 2018, that number was $1,490,000.
Buy a brick today
Back in 1989, we began the daunting task of fundraising to build our vision of a beautiful community hub, historic museum, mecca of ceramicists, and learning centre for children. As you walk towards the glass doors of Medalta Potteries, you can still see the efforts of that campaign 30 years later. The names of our biggest supporters are forever etched into the brick walls near our entrance. Back then, those bricks cost $50, a fair price tag for a facility that cost under $150,000 per year to run, and was highly successful for our needs.
In 2020, the cost of that original vision, now a full reality, continues to grow. There’s a narrative that surrounds us that the Historic Clay District is a government funded institution. Currently only 33% of our funding came from government grants. That means that the future of Medalta depends heavily on the support of the community members we touch. So, we have decided to ‘finish what we started’ in our brick campaign and sell the remaining spaces of our wall.
- Each brick donation includes a certificate, replica brick to take home, and a charity tax receipt.
- The bricks have space for 2 lines of text, with 18 characters per line.
- Installation has been postponed to Summer/Fall of 2021.
- This brick will allow you to see your name, the name of a loved one – perhaps a past factory worker, or your business engraved in stone at the museum.