St. Petersburg, Fla. – On June 17, 2016, Creative Clay, Inc., lost friend, former staff member and tireless arts and disabilities advocate Charlie Bari Bachmann. His sudden death has left a void among staff, friends and the community. As a result, Creative Clay announces the establishment of the “Charlie Bari Bachmann Artist Scholarship Fund.” In addition, July 9th’s ArtWalk will honor Bachmann.
Bachmann earned his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, and M.F.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Employed as an actor, he appeared in more than 80 roles at theaters including the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the L.A. Shakespeare Festival. He was a Producer and Playwright and directed more than 25 productions at theaters including the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts (PCPA) Theaterfest Outreach & Workshops, Santa Maria, CA.
Bachmann joined Creative Clay in 2008 as a teaching artist and served since 2011 as Director of Community Arts and the Folkfest St. Pete Director. Although he left Creative Clay and St. Petersburg in April 2016 to join his wife Christine in Des Moines, Iowa, he remained a part of the Creative Clay family.
During his time at Creative Clay, Bachmann was a beloved and dedicated teacher and a creative and Intuitive filmmaker. Bachmann was best known for assisting Creative Clay students with expressing their creativity through storyboards, screenplays and videography. He had a unique talent for bringing the students’ creative visions to life. Our member artists wrote scripts and acted in many videos produced in his film class. Charlie shared Creative Clay’s vision of art for all through his videos of Folkfest St. Pete, member artist bios, commercials and art exhibits.
CEO Kim Dohrman. “Our staff and artists held him in high esteem and eagerly anticipated his return, this time as a visitor, to this year’s Folkfest St. Pete.”
“Now it is time to honor the legacy of love, teaching, inspiration, inclusivity and passion for art that is the memory of Charlie,” said CEO Kim Dohrman. The Charlie Bari Bachmann Artist Scholarship Fund will support those who desire to come to Creative Clay, but have a barrier due to finances. The fund will give deserving, budding artists with disabilities a chance of realizing their dream.
Gifts may be given by visiting www.creativeclay.org/charlie-bari- bachmann-scholarship- fund, by phone at 727.825.0515, or by mail or in person at 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Friends and the public are invited to join Creative Clay at ArtWalk July 9, dedicated to Charlie Bari Bachmann, 5 – 9 p.m. The evening of art will include an artist created Memory Tree for visitors to leave a thought or memory.
“We will remember Charlie for being loving, calm, witty and an exceptional human being who shared his gifts with us,” Dohrman said. “He will be forever in our hearts.”
Creative Clay’s vision is to make the arts accessible for all. Creative Clay’s mission is to provide educational, expressive and vocational opportunities in the arts for people with obstacles to arts access. We serve people with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, as well as people in healthcare settings, children, veterans, and provide outreach art experiences in our community.
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