Nestled within San Francisco’s Mission District is a space designed for artists with developmental disabilities to create art to their heart’s content – without any limitations.
Inside Creativity Explored you’ll find vibrant colours and expressive shapes created by the dozens of artists that fill the space day after day. But this isn’t just an art studio, it’s a place where the artists are attached to. A place where they are empowered to express themselves.
Creativity Explored was first founded in 1983 by Florence and Elias Katz, and was designed to provide artists with developmental disabilities the resources to not only create, but also a space for them to share and sell their art with the community.
For many of the artists in residence, making a living from their art was not something they ever thought they would achieve. In fact, with Creativity Explored, artists receive 50% of the sale price of their work. Many of the artists – who are low-income – have earned up to $15,000 a year. The nonprofit, which houses a studio and a gallery at their location on 16th Street, welcomes visitors to see the art work and meet the artists.