Posted on July 2, 2012
Creativity Explored is a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.
Creativity Explored was founded in 1983 by Florence and Elias Katz, on the principle that all people have the ability to create, and that visual artistic expression is a viable means to self-growth. Since that date, people with disabilities working at Creativity Explored have established themselves as talented artists making significant contributions to the Bay Area arts community.
– About 125 artists make art in our two studios each year.
– All artists working in our two studios have a developmental disability. Some artists also experience additional disabilities, such as psychiatric and/or physical disabilities.
– Artist ages range from 21 to 80.
– Most artists working in our studios are referred to us by the Golden Gate Regional Center.
– Artists come from around the world and speak a wide variety of languages including Cantonese, Vietnamese, Thai, Farsi, Spanish, Arabic, and American Sign Language. Some do not speak at all and communicate with others using art.
– Our Creative Arts Program provides artists with developmental disabilities studio space, instruction, materials, and the opportunity to work individually or collaboratively.
– Our Exhibitions Program assists studio artists to market and exhibit their work in our
on-site gallery and in venues throughout the world.
– Our Community Arts Program provides visits to Bay Area art galleries, museums, and artists’ studios.
– Our Guest Artists Program provides studio artists opportunities to work with visiting artists.
Artwork & Art Sales
Original art sale proceeds are split 50/50 between the artists and Creativity Explored. Artists work in a variety of media and techniques. Figurative and abstract works created by studio artists are diverse, unique and surprisingly affordable. A wide variety of art, including drawings and paintings, prints, quilts and other fabric arts, ceramics, and assemblage sculpture may be purchased. Artwork ranging from miniature drawings to large scale paintings, and everything in between, is collected by people around the world.
Best Art Gallery
Creativity Explored’s San Francisco Gallery was voted “Best Art Gallery” by readers of the SF Weekly in 2005 and 2006 and by readers of the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 2006 and 2008.