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The Creative Growth Book celebrates the first 40 years of the titular Oakland, California art center for people with disabilities. As the world's oldest and largest center of its kind, Creative Growth Art Center's history mirrors the evolution of a growing disability rights movement and the increased interest in self-taught art. This visual history looks at the center's start and how its artists evolved from being seen as people with disabilities to Outsider artists and increasingly as acclaimed contemporary artists, as well as its current international design, museum, and fashion partnerships.
The Creative Growth Book: From the Outside to the Inside: Artists with Disabilities Today
Edited by Tom di Maria
Introduction by Matthew Higgs
Commentary by David Byrne, Claire Daigle, Matt Haber, Lucienne Peiry, Adam Reed Rozan, Joyce Scott
About the Contributors:
Tom di Maria is the Director of Creative Growth Art Center.
David Byrne is a noted musician, artist, and writer.
Claire Daigle is the Chair of the Master of Arts program at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Matt Haber is a New York Times writer.
Matthew Higgs is the Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, New York.
Lucienne Peiry is the former Director of the Collection de Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Adam Reed Rozan is a contributor to the Huffington Post and the director of audience engagement at the Worcester Art Museum.
Joyce Scott is an RN, developmental specialist, writer, and the twin sister of Judith Scott.
208 pages; 5.9 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
Published in February, 2016
Published by 5 Continents Editions