My heart is heavy as I say farewell to my Creative Growth family. After almost 15 years with the organization, the last 4 as Executive Director, I will step away at the end of November to start a new chapter in my life.Read More
Creative Growth's Co-Director, Becki Couch-Alvarado is leaving and we are searching for a new Executive Director to lead CG into the future.
Painter Executive Search is supporting Creative Growth Art Center in our search for an Executive Director to foster a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for artists with developmental disabilities to create art while extending the visibility of their work around the globe and ensuring the artists and their creations are recognized for their valuable contribution to society.
Creative Growth Art Center, located in Oakland, California, is the oldest and largest center of its kind in the world. Creative Growth’s mission is to serve adult and young adult artists with developmental, physical, emotional and mental disabilities, providing a supportive and professional studio environment for artistic exploration, personal expression and gallery promotion.
Founded in 1974 on the idea that all people are capable of producing works of high artistic merit and that the act of creating can be transformative, Creative Growth now serves over 160 artists with disabilities and positions their work within the contemporary art world. That founding vision has flourished. Today three artists from Creative Growth have works in permanent collections of world class museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Major exhibitions include Creative Growth’s artists work in solo museum survey exhibitions and group exhibitions alongside other contemporary artists and last year, two artists were exhibited as part of the Venice Biennale. Artists represented by Creative Growth may find their art and designs featured by top international retailers, on household products and sought by international collectors. All of the artists have the opportunity to show in Creative Growth’s local gallery and benefit from the sale of their work. At Creative Growth, the process of creating is honored and celebrated and the impact of that recognition and appreciation transforms the lives of the artists.
The Executive Director (ED), reporting to the Board of Directors, has the overall responsibility for leading Creative Growth’s strategic planning and execution, organizational management and ensuring its long-term sustainability and impact. The ED sets the tone in stewarding and advancing an internal culture that nurtures and celebrates individual creativity and artistic freedom and ensures safety for the artists and staff. Additionally, the ED will build a model program that shares knowledge and practice and gives voice to the worlds lived and expressed by this creative community and extends that voice around the globe. The ED will facilitate the extension of Creative Growth’s influence in the contemporary art world and as an advocate for disability rights.
A full position description can be found at
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FIBER ARTS INSTRUCTOR
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-4:30 Reports to Studio Manager Starting Salary: $19.25/hour
Creative Growth Art Center (CGAC) is a studio and gallery that serves artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition and representation and a social atmosphere among peers. Founded in 1974, CGAC is the oldest and largest art center of its kind in the world and maintains a well-established reputation as a vital contemporary art center by encouraging the highest level of achievement and recognition for our artists. We are dedicated to the idea that all people can gain strength, enjoyment and fulfillment from experiences in the arts and are capable of producing works of high artistic merit.
Fiber Arts Instructor will facilitate work with artists in a variety of materials with a primary focus on craft and sculptural work. There is an emphasis on experimentation, collaboration, total freedom of expression and artistic risk taking. The ability to let artists make mistakes is essential, as is the technical expertise to teach skills as needed. Currently artists employ a variety of weaving, knitting/crochet, coil rope basketry, latch-hook and soft sculpture, but bringing your own flair is welcome and encouraged.
Projects and techniques vary greatly so adaptability, multitasking and leadership skills are essential. You will share responsibilities with other textile instructors, with additional emphasis on working closely with the gallery.
Responsibilities are as follows:
Please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com by August 24th 2018. No phone calls please. Due to the high number of applicants we will respond to only those who meet our current needs.
Accounting Assistant2 days/week 14 hours
Creative Growth Art Center is a studio and gallery that serves artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition and representation and a social atmosphere among peers. CGAC is the oldest and largest art center of its kind in the world, and maintains a well-established reputation as a vital contemporary art center by encouraging the highest level of achievement and recognition for our artists with disabilities. Founded in 1974, on the idea that all people can gain strength, enjoyment and fulfillment from experiences in the arts and are capable of producing works of high artistic merit, CGAC became the first artist-run space offering a professional art studio, exhibition opportunities, and a supportive artistic community for artists with disabilities.
We are seeking a detail-oriented, thorough, and organized Accounting Assistant to join our team who can work in a casual but busy environment. This position will assist the Accountant with keeping accurate financial records, data entry, preparing reports, account reconciliations and updating financial information. This is a part time, two day a week position.
Please send Cover Letter and Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline: March 7, 2018
Only applicants whose resumes are selected will be contacted. No phone calls please. Due to the high number of applicants we will only respond to those who meet our current needs.
Creative Growth is committed to diversity in its workforce. Creative Growth is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants without regard to gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or disability.
Friday, February 9, 6pm Join Creative Growth at the Fabric Marker Jam at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive's Fisher Family Art Lab on Friday, February 9 at 6pm.
Bring a garment to draw on and use the Art Lab's fabric-marker stash to explore the expressive potential of your style. Creative Growth will serve as inspiration with a selection of fashion and textile artworks from our annual runway event, and the womxn-of-color DJ collective Chulita Vinyl Club will keep us moving and marking with an all-vinyl DJ set. The Fabric Marker Jam is part of a series of performance lectures, performances, readings, and participatory workshops in the Fisher Family Art Lab offered in conjunction with the current exhibition Way Bay.
Way Bay is a sweeping exploration of the creative energies that have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area over the past two centuries. An innovatively organized exhibition of art and film, plus poetry, performance documentation, and archival materials, Way Bay features nearly two hundred works that reveal the depth and diversity of artists’ engagement with the region’s geographic, social, and cultural landscape.
Chulita Vinyl Club was launched in December 2014 as an all-girl all-vinyl club for self-identifying womxn of color, providing a space for empowerment and togetherness. The DJ collective now spans seven national chapters of vinyl-loving girls.
OUTSIDE EXHIBITIONS Museum of Everything, Tasmania Núcleo de Arte da Oliva Creative Factory, Portugal Maroncelli 12, Milan, Italy Cress Gallery, UT, Chattanooga Diane Rosenstein, LA Target Gallery, NY PNCA +Public Annex, Portland, OR Ace Hotel, NY Cavin Morris, NY The Lab + Facebook Artist in Residence, SF City Limits, Oakland La Maison Rouge, Paris Kea Carpets and Kilims, Hudson, NY Venice Biennale, Italy Good Luck Gallery, LA San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA Land Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Museum of Sex, NY 836M, SF
Four Barrel releases a new group of coffees this December, and the labels on the retail coffee bags will feature the artwork of eleven Creative Growth artists: Aurie Ramirez, Donald Mitchell, Paul Fields, Alice Wong, Ruth Stafford, William Scott, Ying Ge Zhou, Barry Regan, Dan Miller, Susan Janow, and John Hiltunen. Coinciding with this release will be two exhibitions of Creative Growth artwork, one at Four Barrel Valencia and one at The Mill on Divisadero. Four Barrel is a cafe and roastery that has been supporting artists with exhibitions since 2008. The Mill is a cafe and bakery that has been supporting artists with exhibitions since 2013. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Four Barrel Coffee is located at 375 Valencia Street in San Francisco, and is open daily from 7am until 8pm. The Mill SF is located at 736 Divisadero Street, and is open daily from 7am until 9pm. Contact email@example.com and visit themillsf.com and fourbarrelcoffee.com.
December 7, 2017 - January 16, 2018 at The Mill SF Opening Reception: Thursday December 7, 6-8 pm The Mill SF: 736 Divisadero St. SF CA
December 14, 2017 - February 1, 2018 at Four Barrel Valencia Opening Reception/Pop Up: Thursday December 14, 10am-2pm Four Barrel Coffee: 375 Valencia St. SF CA
Join us for an opening reception at The Mill on Thursday December 7th from 6-8pm. Refreshments will be served and the artwork from eight artists will be on view. Join us again on Thursday December 14th for a pop-up art sale and reception for the Valencia exhibition, from 10am-2pm. Refreshments and snacks will be served, and additional art from Creative Growth will be available for sale.
Our Gallery is closed to the public starting Thursday, November 9th as we prepare for our Annual Holiday Show and Studio Sale! The Gallery will reopen on Friday, December 1st, 5:30pm-9:00pm (5:00pm early entrance for Members). The Gallery and Studio will be closed for holidays November 23rd and 24th; December 25th; and January 1st.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 836-2340 x15.
Join us Saturday, October 21, from 2-4pm for an in-depth look into our Ceramics Studio! Instructors Joseph Kowalczyk and Sarah Zehr will lead a conversation about the process and interpretation of ideas utilized by various Creative Growth artists. An assortment of creative expressions ranging from different colors, sizes, techniques, styles, and subjects will be explored. This is a rare opportunity to shop our ceramics while learning what inspires our artists to create in clay. We hope to see you there!
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Creative Growth artists Elizabeth Rangel and William Scott and Director Tom di Maria are featured in Nordstrom's Fall 2017 campaign. Olivia Kim, VP of Creative Projects describes the campaign:
“People are the foundation of Nordstrom. They are our friends and our friends-of-friends, and in our Fall 2017 Brand Campaign we wanted to convey a sense of community and celebrate real people who are doing great and extraordinary things, who inspire us in our everyday lives. We always do our best to reflect the diverse customers and communities we serve so we work to represent all kinds of diversity in our campaigns whenever possible.”
Creative Growth Director, Tom di Maria, will be a Keynote speaker on the Power of Art at the 2018 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity as well as presenting a session on the Art Book as a Narrative Tool. The Pacific Rim International Conference, considered one of the most diverse gatherings in the world, encourages and respects voices from diverse perspective across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.
The conference is October 9-11, 2017 at The Modern Honolulu and Hilton Hawaii Village and Resorts. Learn more about the Pacific Rim International Conference here.
Allan Lofberg is a quiet artist with a signature style that encompasses both sophisticated abstraction and whimsical representation. With over a decade of art making under his belt, Allan lets his mood dictate his studio practice. His abstractions are introspective and vary from muted to loud palettes, while his representational work reveals an affinity for animals from the cuddly to the creepy-crawly. Allan has a way of imbuing a drawing with a unique character, capturing the essence of a creature with an economy of line and color. In his mixed media and textile sculptures, material becomes a way to express the personality of his subjects. With an innately playful impulse to freely associate forms, Allan might use twigs to represent insect legs or scraps of lace to suggest bird wings. Through these experiments with material, Allan engages with the physical world, hunting down scraps in the studio, trying them out, and smiling at the results.
Allan has been practicing at Creative Growth since 2001.
Born 1955, Berkeley, California.
Barry has been working at Creative Growth Art Center since 2002.
Born 1956, Walnut Creek, California.
Founded in 1974, Creative Growth Art Center has achieved international recognition in the field of art and disabilities for its innovative programs and for the quality of art produced by the 150 artists working at the Center. Located in Uptown Oakland, Creative Growth Art Center provides programs in visual arts for adults with physical, mental and developmental disabilities. Artwork fostered in this unique environment is included in prominent collections and museums worldwide. The Gallery is seeking a volunteer for the Summer. This position is ideal for students with a demonstrated interest in contemporary art that wish to gain hands-on experience working in a gallery that has a growing archive of over 140 artists.
Volunteer tasks include but are not limited to gallery sitting, filing artwork, and assisting with back of house organization. Must be able to commit to at least 1 full day a week (9am to 4pm), or two 3.5-hour sessions a week, and available for special events and/or gallery openings.
If interested, please email your resume and a brief cover letter to email@example.com - be sure to let us know your availability and any specific skills you feel would be beneficial.