SFMOMA Acquires Vibrant Range of Artworks from NIAD

SFMOMA AND CREATIVE GROWTH ART CENTER ANNOUNCE UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP IN CELEBRATION OF CREATIVE GROWTH’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SFMOMA Additionally Acquires Vibrant Range of Artworks fromLocally Based Organizations Creativity Explored and NIAD SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 23, 2023)—The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Oakland-based Creative Growth Art Center announced today an unprecedented partnership that honors the emergence of the art and disability movement in the Bay Area and brings to the fore a critical and often overlooked aspect of the region’s artistic richness. Coinciding with Creative Growth’s 50th anniversary, the partnership encompasses the acquisition of more than 100 works Read More …

NIAD Is Hiring Fall Interns!

Open Positions: Communications Intern Exhibitions Intern (click the links to jump down the page to the full job description) Interviews begin September 15 Join NIAD Art Center’s Art Marketing & Exhibitions team! NIAD’s Communications & Exhibitions Internships are aimed at providing an educational experience for individuals who are curious and excited about pursuing a career in the arts, disability services, and communications fields. About NIAD Art Center Now in its 41st year, NIAD Art Center promotes creative expression, independence, dignity, and community integration for adult artists with disabilities. NIAD provides a Virtual and Richmond-based studio and gallery space, programmed by Read More …

A Love Letter from NIAD

If you are an artist, this is going out to you.  And if you support artists – funders, families, community members, colleagues, friends, audiences, confidants – we’re talking to you too.  It’s no secret that NIAD’s vitality comes from the leadership of more than 70 adult studio artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities who practice, sometimes for decades, in our 23rd Street and Virtual Studios. And most people know that each of our 29 staff members practice as professional artists – from musicians to estheticians to painters, our staff members each carry powerful voices in our many art worlds. This week, Read More …

Volunteer Meet & Greet – Saturday, June 10th, Noon – 1:00pm

NIAD Art Center is opening its doors one hour early on June 10th to welcome in current volunteers and curious would-be volunteers! During this *sneak peek* we’ll enjoy art, refreshments, and chat about volunteer opportunities at NIAD. We invite current or former volunteers to join us in welcoming interested community members to our space and sharing your stories and experiences. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about our volunteer application process, responsibilities, and opportunities.  Thank you in advance to anyone who is considering sharing your time talents with our community. You are appreciated! Volunteer opportunities are available in Fiber Arts, Printmaking, Ceramics, Painting, Sound Read More …

NIAD Is Hiring!

Open Position: Substitute Facilitator Closing date: Monday April 17 NIAD is an organization that aims to be artistically relevant and culturally inclusive. As an organization we deliver these aims through our operations activities as well as through the three programs we offer: NIAD’s Virtual and 23rd Street Studios, Community Programs, and Art Marketing and Partnerships.  NIAD supports inclusivity and visibility in all areas of our working practices and spaces and wants to make sure that opportunities are accessible in all ways and that all voices are truly heard and contribute to our future. We actively encourage individuals from marginalized groups Read More …

Save the Date // Win Win 11!

NIAD’s Annual Fundraiser Saturday March 11 3:00 to 7:00PM NIAD Art Center Dear NIAD Lovers: At NIAD, the new year is opening with quite a bit of storm and bluster. Through it all, we’re able to move our programs online for everyone’s safety – largely because NIAD’s supporters have made it possible to maintain a thriving Virtual Studio where we can meet despite the weather.  For this and for the bounty that has carried us through our 40th year and into a new decade, we are feeling grateful and fortunate.  January 1 kicks off a season of preparation for Win Read More …

We’re Hiring!

Open Position: Construction Manager NIAD is an organization that aims to be artistically relevant and culturally inclusive. As an organizationwe deliver these aims through our operations activities as well as through the three programs we offer:NIAD’s Virtual and 23rd Street Studios, Community Programs, and Art Marketing and Partnerships. NIAD’s Operations and Admin Team coordinates human resources, front desk reception, operationsand facilities project management, bookkeeping and accounting, and data management systems andtechnology for NIAD. Our very active team aims to deliver an exceptional experience for new andexisting staff, our artist community and their care providers, our continually expanding art audiences,and our Read More …

Farewell to Miguel Chacon!

Dear NIAD Lovers: Every time Miguel Chacon comes through NIAD’s studio doors, he assumes his role as “The Manager,” a nickname he earned from his fellow artists for his leadership qualities,  but also for his unwavering support and mentorship of NIAD artists, veterans and newcomers alike.   Miguel is a sought-after sound engineer,  but his keen eye for cultural commentary in his visual art practice is clear in the artworks surveyed in his recent solo exhibition Observer. He has said that he spent years just watching other studio artists before hitting his groove as a painter, and by now that groove is as deep as on the tracks he produces. Read More …

Let the Water Flow!

Celebrating Rami Geller Dear NIAD Lovers: NIAD’s artists have dreamed since the pandemic began of hearing the calming sound of water coming from a fountain in our beautiful courtyard garden. Life on 23rd Street does get loud sometimes, and we could all use a little extra peace.  Enter Rami Geller, who made so many dreams come true for NIAD during his lifetime. His warmth and enthusiasm for connection and community widened NIAD’s circle in so many ways, from organizing numerous exhibitions for NIAD artists on the UC Berkeley campus to bringing friends and supporters each year to Win Win, our annual fundraiser. In the wake of Read More …

Online Exhibition // “Hurricane Dorian,” organized by NIAD artist Dorian Reid

About Hurricane Dorian “And then I started using my fists, boom boom boom, and then I made the town and the houses in the neighborhood. There was the hurricane named after me. So I started off doing hurricane level two, then slowly built up to level three, then up to level five, and I destroyed that area. And I’m feeling like I’m getting destroyed, like I’m destroying myself with the [Destroyed X] series.” NIAD artist Dorrie Reid wants to make a statement with the cathartic, performative work she selected for her online exhibition, Hurricane Dorian. “If I took it out on Read More …

Saturday June 11 / No-Sew Workshop with Michelle Jones

Saturday June 11 1 to 4pm NIAD Art Center Studios A no-sew workshop is an activity that uses fabric and other found objects to create art or useful items that would traditionally be made on a sewing machine or sewn by hand stitching. It is a very accessible approach to using fabric in art and every day making. The overall idea for this workshop is to use found fabric scraps (upcycling) so that folks have the opportunity to ‘paint’ with fabric onto a mini canvas, or iron fusible-backed fabric onto an everyday cotton tote.  All materials will be provided to Read More …

In Memoriam: NIAD artist Erika Martinez

Dear NIAD Community, This week, we share with a heavy heart the news of Erika Martinez’s passing.  A NIAD artist for 17 years, Erika was a pillar of NIAD’s community, and a treasure to her family, to whom we extend our deep condolences. Her many friends remember her as kind, loving, fierce in her joy and inimitable style, and intensely dedicated to her relationships, as well as her work as an artist.  “Her mischievous streak was enviable”; “Her friendships remain so special and everlasting”; “I remember her hellos in the morning where she would say, ‘Hey, it’s me!’—and indeed it was.” These are just Read More …