Creativity Explored advances the value and diversity of artistic expression. Since 1983, we have provided artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art in our studios and gallery, and around the world.
Our Studio Arts Program provides broad and diverse art education opportunities in and outside the studio. We provide workspace, mentorship from professional artists, and resources to explore a variety of techniques.
Through our Exhibitions Program, we professionally exhibit and market artwork created by artists working in our studios. Exhibitions occur in our on-site gallery, corporate and community spaces across the Bay Area, and private and public galleries throughout the world. Our gallery programming includes six diverse exhibitions per year and we welcome over 15,000 people to the gallery and studio annually.
Our Community Arts Program 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.
Through our Artist-in-Residence and Guest Artists Programs, community artists provide workshops in our studio and provide studio artists with the opportunity to engage in collaborative art making using techniques and media not offered at Creativity Explored on an on-going basis.
Who We Serve
Over 130 artists with developmental disabilities create art in our studios each year. Many of our studio artists experience additional disabilities such as mental illness, emotional disturbances, and/or physical disabilities. Artists’ ages range from 21 to 85. The demographics of the Creativity Explored artist population have skewed younger in the last three years (29% are under 30), with an increasingly higher percentage of individual artists on the autism spectrum. Our artists also represent the racial diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area: 26% Caucasian, 28% Asian, 23% Hispanic, 18% African American, 2% Pacific Islander, and 3% Other.