As Creative Clay enters its 22nd year serving the Tampa Bay area through programs that make the arts accessible to all, they are looking to the future with an impending move, enhancement and expansion of programming, and the launch of a capital campaign.
“The 2017 Project: Securing Our Future,” is ready to kick off as Creative Clay prepares to move its headquarters this June from St. Petersburg’s EDGE District, to 1846 First Ave. S in the Grand Central District. This new space boasts an additional 1000 square feet more than their current location, allowing them to expand their Community Arts Program to serve individuals currently on a waiting list.
The capital campaign seeks to challenge individuals and businesses to engage in their community by investing in Creative Clay, whose mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through access to the arts by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences.
Donations to Creative Clay’s capital campaign will allow for increased quality programming, improved execution of services and an enhanced creative space that meets the needs of its artists. Goals for “The 2017 Project” include:
● Raise $120,000 for build out and renovations.
● Increase the amount of individuals the non-profit can serve as a result of gaining more physical space.
● Allow for more programming to occur under one roof vs. renting space at an off-site location to accommodate classes of artists.
● Allow for its Around the World Summer Camp to be held on-site vs. an alternative location, and in an area specially designed for young camper.
● Additional ADA-approved restrooms.
“We’re excited to have the ability to build out our space according to the needs of our organization and the artists of Creative Clay. The new space will have a lot of surprises, including individual work spaces for each of the adult member artists in the Community Arts Program,” said Kim Dohrman, Creative Clay CEO.
Creative Clay’s core program is its Community Arts Program, which serves 50-60 artists of varying abilities weekly. Through the implementation of additional offerings, such as the inclusive Art Around the World summer camp, Summer Studio for older teens and young adults, Artlink mentorship program, Creative Care Arts in Wellness Program and its Pinellas County Schools’ partnership Transition program, individuals of all ages are mentored, taught and empowered to become working artists who actively create, market and sell their work. The end result is that a formerly stigmatized population, through the art it creates and sells, demystifies stereotypes surrounding those with disabilities and creates a culture of acceptance throughout the community.
“We need to raise $120,000 for our build out and are currently a quarter of the way there thanks to the generosity of two generous donors.”
If you’d like to learn more about Creative Clay, take a tour of our studios and gallery, meet our artists or craft a donation plan, please contact CEO Kim Dohrman at 727.825.0515 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Creative Clay at www.creativeclay.org. Like their page on Facebook; follow on Instagram @creativeclaystpete and on Twitter @creativeclay.