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Community members and fellow firesouls are invited to dedicate our TKF garden Nurturing Nature and mosaic tile benches created by Blaise DePaolo. Clayworks will also be hosting a book signing for Tom Stoner, cofounder of the TKF Foundation, and author of Open Spaces, Sacred Places: Stories of How Nature Heals and Unifies (

RECEPTION: Light refreshments will be served
DATE: Tuesday May 18, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue Baltimore MD 21209

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In 2005 the TKF Foundation funded Baltimore Clayworks’ neighborhood community greenspace, the Nurturing Nature garden. Over the last five years, the Nurturing Nature garden has grown and evolved to become an important retreat and creative resting place for the Mt. Washington community. It is not only a sanctuary for artists and students but also provides the only open green space in the historic Mt. Washington Village.

In 2008 and 2009 TKF granted Baltimore Clayworks funds to expand the garden and add more community seating. The artistic benches were designed and created by Clayworks Members Artist and Morgan State University faculty member Blaise DePaolo ( Blaises’ work is inspired by her travels to Mayan ruin sites in Mexico and Guatemala. During the reception she will say a few words about her work, the artistic process and her inspiration.

Tom and Kitty Stoner founded The TKF Foundation so that they could inspire the creation of green "Open Spaces, Sacred Places" throughout Maryland.  The foundation partners with organizations to create sacred places which increase a sense of community and contribute to a deepening of human connections.  These sacred places foster community and reflection and are open and accessible to people of all beliefs, faiths and cultures. The mission of the TKF Foundation is to provide the opportunity for a deeper human experience by inspiring and supporting the creation of public greenspace that offers a temporary place of sanctuary, encourages reflection, provides solace, and engenders peace and well being.TKF is located in Annapolis, Maryland and its funding is focused in the geographic areas of Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, DC.

In addition to his work with the TKF Foundation Tom Stoner served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and as cofounder of the Conflict Resolution Clinic associated with George Mason University. He also cofounded American Radio Systems. Tom lives in Annapolis, Maryland and Stowe, Vermont.