Mission Statement

Creativity Explored gives artists with developmental disabilities the means to create and share their work with the community, celebrating the power of art to change lives.

Our Commitment

We are committed to supporting people with developmental disabilities in their quest to become working artists, and to promoting their work as an emerging and increasingly important contribution to the contemporary art world.

Foster Artistic Development
Creativity Explored provides a supportive studio environment for artists with developmental disabilities in which they receive individualized instruction from mentoring artists, quality art materials, and professional opportunities to exhibit their work.

Inspire Connection
Artists at Creativity Explored communicate through their art. In expressing their thoughts, emotions, experiences, and cultures to their peers, instructors, patrons, and art lovers, they also engage with a broad and supportive community.

Enhance Personal Identity
By developing a meaningful art practice and creating a body of work, Creativity Explored artists acquire an expanded sense of self, realizing their potentials, amplifying their voices, and more fully establishing themselves in the world.

Change Attitudes

At Creativity Explored, art is a captivating means of challenging and transforming assumptions about disability. The beauty, depth and humor of the work provokes fresh perspectives and fosters new regard for the personal vision and artistic ability of artists with developmental disabilities.

Lead Responsibly

Since its inception 35 years ago, Creativity Explored’s innovative and respected programs, structure, and culture have served as an organizational model worldwide in the field of art and disability. Operating with a spirit of openness and transparency, the organization recognizes that collaboration will create new and exciting opportunities for artists with developmental disabilities nationally and internationally, and will mutually benefit partnering organizations.

Our Purpose

Creativity Explored exists to provide people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to express themselves through the creation of art. Additionally, we provide studio artists the opportunity to earn income from the sale of their artwork and to pursue a livelihood as a visual artist to the fullest extent possible.

A key focus of Creativity Explored's services is to support those individuals with developmental disabilities who wish to become self-employed artists in creating and operating fully viable and profitable businesses.

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Our History

Believing that all people have the ability to create, and that visual artistic expression is a viable means to enhance personal identity and growth, Florence Ludins-Katz and Elias Katz founded Creativity Explored in 1983. Our second studio site was opened in 1995 to provide adults with severe disabilities an opportunity to create visual art.

People have been able to view and purchase art from our studios since Creativity Explored’s inception. Our on-site gallery opened in 2001 providing the public the opportunity to view work exhibited in a professional setting.  Gallery programming now includes six diverse exhibitions per year with more than 15,000 people visiting the gallery and studio annually. Readers of the SF Weekly and Bay Guardian have consistently voted Creativity Explored Best Art Gallery in the Bay Area.

Many Creativity Explored studio artists have developed meaningful arts practices and are now becoming increasingly recognized for their contributions to the contemporary art world. In addition to participating in numerous group exhibitions in the Bay Area, Creativity Explored artists have had one-person gallery shows in New Zealand and Australia. Several artists’ work has been included in international group exhibitions, as well as in commercial and nonprofit venues across the nation. Most recently, nine Creativity Explored artists were exhibited in UC Berkeley Art Museum’s traveling group exhibition, Create, which was selected as one of San Francisco Chronicle Art Critic Kenneth Baker’s top ten exhibits in 2011.

Creativity Explored’s gallery operation continues to expand, encompassing a growing array of art products (notecards, books, and t-shirts) and our popular online web store. In addition, our related Art Services and Licensing Programs have expanded studio artists’ commercial success and visibility within retail and residential development markets.

With a spirit of openness and transparency, Creativity Explored recognizes that collaboration will create new and exciting opportunities for artists with developmental disabilities, both nationally and internationally, and will mutually benefit partnering organizations.

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General Inquiries

Executive Director
Linda Johnson

Jaime Wong

Megan Hover

Marketing/Public Relations
Michael Korcek

Ann Kappes


Studio / Gallery / Offices
3245 16th Street (at Guerrero Street)
San Francisco CA 94103
(415) 863-2108 Phone
(415) 863-1655 Fax

Studio Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Or by appointment

Second Studio (CE2)
One Arkansas Street (at 16th Street), Studio E
San Francisco CA 94107

(415) 863-2946 Phone
(415) 863-2922 Fax

CE2 Studio Hours
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

CE2 Public Hours
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Or by appointment

Online Store
(415) 863-2108 Phone


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