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.
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