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Published on : Saturday, March 12, 2016
For more than three decades, Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center, Richmond’s NIAD Art Center, and San Francisco’s Creativity Explored have provided stimulating and supportive environments for artists with disabilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. These organizations share a common mission to promote creative expression, independence, dignity, and community integration for adults with disabilities. They provide well-equipped workspaces, gallery representation, and professional artists who aid in the meaningful development of each studio artist. The success of these models has inspired the creation of more than forty similar centers nationwide. Celebrating a Vision: Art and Disability is composed of artists from each of the three organizations and features artwork ranging from paintings, drawings, and ceramic sculpture to textile art, collage, and assemblage. Together, the artwork demonstrates the extraordinary creativity of its makers and confirms the organizations’ fundamental belief in art as an essential and enriching activity.
Special thanks to all of the participating artists and to Catherine Nguyen, Tom di Maria, and Julianne Fraker of Creative Growth Art Center; Timothy Buckwalter and Deb Dyer of NIAD Art Center; and Amy Auerbach and Amy Taub of Creativity Explored for their generous assistance with this exhibition.
Celebrating a Vision: Art and Disability is located in Terminal 3, Boarding Area F from March 12, 2016, to September 18, 2016. The exhibition is located post-security and is only accessible to passengers ticketed for travel through Terminal 3. There is no charge to view the exhibition.