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Director’s Note | Fall Into Creative Growth

No reason to lament the end of summer, when we have a fall schedule packed with exciting programs and activities.

Just before Labor Day we open with a reprise of Paul Butler’s highly collaborative project The Collage Party. What’s a Collage Party? Only one way to find out – join us for this community based interactive art-making workshop, where you are invited to work alongside Creative Growth artists, local artists, and the many visitors we have stopping by for this week-long, hands on event.

Collage making as we know it dates back to the early stages of modernism, and is often viewed as a form of drawing. Perfect for those of you who may fear the pencil, but can sense that inner artist wanting to emerge! Butler assembles an inspired pile of ephemera – magazines, record covers, old posters and images…for you to assemble as your own personal statement.

No experience required to take part in The Collage Party, and it’s FREE!

Art making will be open to the public starting:
Friday, August 29
10AM – 4:30PM

Open Arthaus–Come collage with other Bay Area art programs including CCA, SFAI, Creativity Explored, and NIAD.
Wednesday, September 3
10AM – 6:30PM

Following The Collage Party, Creative Growth will launch the first Bay Area:ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival, from October 15-19. This five-day film fest features outstanding independent films from around the world, with screenings that will take place in Oakland at the New Parkway Theater, and in San Francisco at New People Theater and the de Young Museum.

ReelAbilities’ film program is meant to engage viewers in the same way that Creative Growth artist work has–through fascinating imagery and stories–the films presented make for compelling visual moments, and bring awareness to our community by breaking down stereotypes and artistically exploring themes of disability.

Who should attend the Festival? Everyone who enjoys film, and anyone who is ready to see diverse and seldom captured on-screen depictions: a leading man with Down Syndrome, a mountain climber with cerebral palsy or post-war Iraq vets as they become powerful athletes via the use of prosthetic limbs. Simply put, compelling human experience and films that promise inspiration and that give voice to important subject matter. Don’t miss this!

I hope you will join us…for a fall filled with art making, outstanding films and special events.

Thank you and best wishes,
Tom di Maria