What is Creative Clay's Mission?

Creative Clay’s mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through access to the arts by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences.

What is Creative Clay's Vision?

Creative Clay's vision is to make the arts accessible for all.

I know someone who might benefit from Creative Clay's programs. Which program is appropriate? 

Expressive, educational and vocational arts opportunities for adults with developmental, physical or intellectual disabilities click here.
Youth ages 6-12 inclusive (all abilities) summer programs click here. 
Youth ages 13-22 inclusive (all abilities) summer programs click here.
Post-secondary education and vocational training for 18-22 year-olds with disabilities click here.
Adult vocational training and supported employment click here.
Outreach art programming click here.
Scholarship program for adults with disabilities click here.

Where did the name Creative Clay originate?

In Creative Clay's beginning, clay was a primary art medium. 22 years later we are a multi-disciplinary arts center with ceramics, painting, music, theater, videography, fiber arts, mixed media, sculpture and more!

Who founded the organization?

Creative Clay was founded in 1995 by two Waiver Support Coordinators, Danielle Despathy and Grace Alfiero, who wanted to create an environment where people could reap the benefits of arts education and expression.  The organization started with a $1000 grant from the Knights of Columbus and three clients. Today we serve over 60 clients per week and have tripled our studio/gallery workspace.

What is a Waiver Support Coordinator?

Support Coordination is the service of advocating, identifying, developing, coordinating and accessing supports and services on behalf of individuals or assisting individuals and their families to access supports and services on their own.

What is the Medicaid Waiver?

The Medicaid Waiver programs help provide services to people who would otherwise be in an institution, nursing home, or hospital to receive long-term care in the community. Prior to 1991, the Federal Medicaid program paid for services only if a person lived in an institution.

Who is eligible for the Waiver and how do you apply for services?

To apply for services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, which includes waiver participation or placement in an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled (ICF/DD), submit an application to the APD office that serves your area, either by mail or by hand delivery. Waiver applicants who are in a crisis situation (homeless, danger to self or others, or caregiver unable to give care) should contact the Agency for Persons with Disabilities regional office serving their county. The local regional office may be able to provide short term services and will review the situation and determine if a crisis application should be completed. For information regarding crisis criteria, please visit the Florida Administrative Code & Florida Administrative Register website at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=65G-1.        

Click here for more information on eligibility and applying for services. More information is available at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities website. 

How is Creative Clay funded?

Creative Clay is a 501c3 non profit funded by individual donors from our community, foundations, corporate sponsors, grants, art and gift shop sales and Medicaid Waiver reimbursements. For a list of our current supporters click here.

Do the artists earn money from the sale of their artwork?

Yes! We follow the model of a typical art gallery model. 50% of the sale goes to the artist and 50% back into Creative Clay's programs.