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“Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth, & NIAD” at the Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak Street, Oakland CA 94607, Oakland, CA, United States

In collaboration with three profound Bay Area institutions, Into the Brightness: Artists from Creativity Explored, Creative Growth & NIAD celebrates myriad works from contemporary artists with developmental disabilities. From painting to sculpture to multimedia, these world-renowned artists are producing work of incredible power, exuberance, humor, complexity, and joy.

“Don’t mind if I do” with work by Felicia Griffin at moCa Cleveland

moCa Cleveland 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, United States

"Don’t mind if I do" destabilizes rigid ableist and exclusionary museum “best practices” like sparse seating, untouchable objects, dense wall labels, and guards who protect rather than invite engagement. It is a project built upon a framework of flexibility. By welcoming glitches, inviting informality and messiness, and unsettling the hierarchy of objects, "Don’t mind if I do" prioritizes people over artwork and makes more room for us to show up as our full selves.

NIAD at FOG Design+Art Fair

fort mason center for the arts 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United States

For the very first time, NIAD will join Creativity Explored and Creative Growth as exhibitors at the upcoming FOG Design+Art Fair, January 18th to 21st at Fort Mason!

Marlon Mullen in “Looking Back” // White Columns

White Columns 91 Horatio Street, New York, United States

White Columns is pleased to announce the 14th edition of its Annual exhibition Looking Back, which has been selected by the New York-based writer and curator Randy Kennedy. The exhibition will be presented throughout all of White Columns’ galleries.

Free

ARTY PARTY // A FUNdraiser for NIAD at Little Hill Lounge

Little Hill Lounge 10753 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, United States

On Friday, January 19th it's an Arty Party NIAD takeover at the Little Hill Lounge! Kick back at El Cerrito's best dive bar and soak in the eclectic sounds of the Bay while raising funds for your favorite progressive studio. Live music by Warp (SF), Yogurt Brain (OAK), and DJs Billy Zillions (NIAD) and Poindexter (KALX). Kick off the New Year in full color! There will be food, amazing cocktails, friendly people and a whole lot of fun.

FOG Fair Panel Discussion with Amanda Eicher

fort mason center for the arts 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, United States

The Bay Area has historically led conversations around neurodiverse artists. Three Bay Area progressive independent art centers – Creativity Explored, Creative Growth, and Nurturing Independence Through Artistic Development (NIAD) –  have expanded representation for developmentally disabled artists. This conversation will convene contemporary artists and curators who work with and for these three organizations to celebrate the power of art to change lives.

NIAD's Annual Benefit Art Auction Win Win 12 // MAY 18, 2024