We love Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA. Thomas was introduced to the organization years ago and we’ve been big fans ever since. Here’s a note from him about the importance of the work Creative Growth does:
I think Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California is the most magical place in the United States. Paige Powell and Kim Hastreiter from Paper Magazine introduced me to Creative Growth 8 years ago.
For 40 years, Creative Growth has provided a place for people of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities to make art … from painting to sculpture to furniture making to pottery to latch hook rugs.
If you go to Creative Growth on any weekday from 10am to 3pm, there are 100 people hard at work, making art. Immediately, when a piece is sold, 50% goes to the artist, 50% goes to the center.
A couple of years ago, Creative Growth had its first fashion show. Here’s a New York Times video link which tells part of the story: http://www.nytimes.com/video/multimedia/100000001455232/beyond-trend-creative-growth-art-center.html
If you ever have a chance to visit Creative Growth, do it. The work they produce is fantastic and they change lives in a very real and powerful way.