CREATIVE GROWTH ART CENTER
is a non-profit based in Oakland, California that serves artists with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities by providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition, and representation.
Founded in 1974, Creative Growth is a leader in the field of arts and disabilities, establishing a model for a creative community guided by the principle that art is fundamental to human expression and that all people are entitled to its tools of communication.
From the first day Creative Growth started in the East Bay home of Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz, the vision was clear. Art would be the path forward for people with disabilities to express themselves and a professional gallery would exhibit their work.
The Creative Growth Studio is home to over 150 artists who work in a variety of media. Facilitated by professional artists, the studio provides artistic support, high-quality materials, and space for painting, drawing, ceramics, wood working, fiber arts, printmaking, and digital media. The studio is an open space, converted 12,000-foot former auto repair shop.
The Creative Growth Gallery exhibits and represents artwork by Creative Growth artists, securing a place for their work in major collections and institutions worldwide. It presents public exhibitions in the Oakland gallery and represents Creative Growth artists at national and international art fairs every year.
As a non-profit gallery, the sale of each artwork is split 50-50 between the artist and Creative Growth, which uses the proceeds to purchase materials and keep the program running. Artwork made at Creative Growth has been acquired by prominent collections worldwide, including MoMA, SFMOMA, the Smithsonian, the Studio Museum of Harlem, Collection de L’Art Brut, American Folk Art Museum, and The Museum of Everything.
Art collectors and donors are a critical part of the Creative Growth community. Art sales and individual giving make up the majority of Creative Growth’s funding, allowing us to to sustain the high quality level of materials and support in the studio and to continue to exhibit the artists’ work locally, nationally, and internationally.