Creativity Explored offers a number of programs designed to maximize each studio artist’s artmaking experience.
In the last several years, we have expanded our programs as a means of encouraging our artists to move from mere presence to full participation in the Bay Area's vibrant arts community. Artmaking is traditionally an isolated activity, and we offer opportunities for artists to interact with others when making and marketing art. We model ourselves after an artists’ collective, affording studio artists opportunities to work individually or collaboratively with their peers at Creativity Explored and/or with artists in the greater community.
The studio operates five days a week and is open to any interested adult with a developmental disability. A person seeking services does not need prior artmaking experience, but rather needs to demonstrate an interest in becoming involved with the creative process. We have encouraged people with a wide range of skills and abilities to find their own artistic voice and to pursue a career in the visual arts. Our four core programs are described briefly below.
Studio Arts Program
Creativity Explored provides studio artists workspace, instruction, and opportunities to explore a wide variety of media. Studio artists choose media and subject matter, and trained professional artists are available to assist each studio artist to develop a meaningful arts practice. Printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and fabric art are included in a program designed to meet the needs, choices, and preferences of each studio artist.
Community Arts Program
Creativity Explored provides studio artists opportunities to visit Bay Area museums, galleries, and local artists’ studios. Groups of four studio artists are accompanied by an art instructor to experience and participate in the Bay Area arts community.
Creativity Explored professionally exhibits and markets artwork created by the artists working in our studios. Exhibitions occur on a regular basis in our on-site gallery, off-site in private and public galleries, and in corporate and community spaces throughout the Bay Area. Exhibitions of artwork enhance the personal growth and professional esteem of studio artists, and provide earned income through the sale of their artwork. Promoting their own work and understanding the business of arts marketing is difficult for many artists. In light of the nature of their disability, many Creativity Explored studio artists require additional support to navigate the world of gallerists and dealers, to negotiate legal contracts and agreements to protect artists’ interests, and to avoid general exploitation.
Creativity Explored’s studio and gallery now enjoy a visible presence in the Bay Area. Readers of the Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly have voted the CE Gallery as “Best Gallery” for many years, and people wait in line to attend some opening receptions and sales. We are promoting individual artists in mainstream gallery exhibitions to ensure a continuing presence in, and involvement with, the greater arts community.
Guest Artist Workshop Program
On a regular basis, Creativity Explored hosts workshops taught by professional artists from around the world. Workshops are scheduled two days per week for four to twelve weeks to provide studio artists the opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of media and learn new techniques. Workshops have included creating wearable art, both linocut and fabric printing techniques, figure drawing, papier mache vessel building, life drawing, mapmaking, and found object sculpture.
Become a Guest Artist at Creativity Explored
If you are a visual artist interested in teaching a workshop in one of our studios, you may want to become a Creativity Explored Guest Artist. We are currently not accepting applications and will update this page when we are soliciting proposals.
Creativity Explored studio artists have collaborated with local artists on a number of successful projects, including book illustrations, murals, installation art, and dance performances. If you have an idea, please contact us. We look forward to speaking with you!
Become a Studio Artist at Creativity Explored
In our two studios, we can teach you how to use a variety of artmaking materials and show you techniques that will allow you to experiment and create original art. We also help you exhibit and sell your artwork in our gallery and sometimes at other venues around the world. We know that art can be a great way to express oneself and to communicate with people in ways that are impossible using only words or motions alone. We believe you have a lot to say, and we’ve created a space to help you do just that!
Traditionally, artists work alone in their studios and do not spend a lot of time working side-by-side with other artists. We recognize that people can learn from each other in numerous ways and that it is ideal to interact with other artists throughout all phases of the artmaking process. We have built a strong community of artists working, learning, laughing, and growing together — and we would love to have you join us!
If you live in the Bay Area, are an adult with a developmental disability, and have an interest in art, you may apply to be a studio artist at Creativity Explored. Many of our artists experience additional disabilities such as mental illness, emotional disturbances, and/or physical disabilities. Artists joining our studios come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of experience and ability.
You must have the ability to purchase services, either through private means, or via eligibility to receive funding through the California Regional Center System. If you live in San Francisco or San Mateo County, please call the Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) for more information. If you live in the East Bay, you will want to contact the Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB).
Currently, we serve adults; our youngest artist just turned 20, and our oldest is 82. In order to be considered an adult by the Golden Gate Regional Center, you must have graduated from high school and/or no longer be eligible to receive school services. Generally speaking, you must be at least 18. There is no upper age limit.
You do not need to speak English to make art at Creativity Explored. Many of our artists come from around the world, and English is not their native language. We have teachers who speak Spanish, German, Cantonese, French, and Thai, as well as English. Moreoever, many studio artists do not communicate using words, and we have found myriad ways to understand each other and work together.
You do not need to be an experienced artist to make art at Creativity Explored! Most of our current studio artists had little or no experience making art before they came to work here. Some never had the opportunity, or did not think it was something they wanted to do. It is perfectly acceptable if you have never made art before — as long as you think making art is something you are interested in doing.
We introduce studio artists to different media and let them experiment. Furthermore, we recognize different people learn in different ways; some jump in and start exploring media and techniques right away, while others take their time getting involved. Generally, we’ll adapt our style to meet your style as an artist. Our goal is to create an environment in which you’ll have fun and be comfortable making art. We’ll work with you to make that happen.
After you have been at Creativity Explored for 30 days, we’ll meet with you, your social worker, and other people involved in your life to discuss how things are going. At that point, we will decide whether to continue services, extend the evaluation period, or discontinue our involvement.
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Studio / Gallery / Offices
3245 16th Street (at Guerrero Street)
San Francisco CA 94103
(415) 863-2108 Phone
(415) 863-1655 Fax
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday, 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
(415) 863-2108 Phone