Art Gallery Exhibit Showcases Center For Creative Works

Newest Exhibition at The Philadelphia Foundation Community Art Gallery Highlights Works Created Through Center for Creative Works

PHILADELPHIA, PA (2/13/2017) – You and Me: Figurative Work from the Center for Creative Works -- a new exhibit that opened Mon., Feb. 13, 2017 -- will be on display through Fri., April 28, 2017 at the Community Art Gallery of The Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market Street, Suite 1800.

The exhibition features 11 artists who explored the human form and the different ways people see each other and themselves. Included are drawings, paintings and sculpture in watercolor, acrylic, woodworking, pen and ink and goache on paper that range from tiny clustered forms to gestural expressive figures.

The Center for Creative Works, (CCW) a program of Resources for Human Development, focuses on developing creative workplace potential and cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities.

Participants learn and work in drawing and painting, printmaking, ceramics, woodworking, sculpture, textiles, design, music and other media. A staff of mentor artists teach professional materials and techniques, with the goal of developing participants as artists, artisans, and designers.

The program includes options for inclusion, growth, exploration and development of individual talents and skills. CCW is committed to realize potential for everyone to contribute in truly meaningful and productive ways.

CCW grew from the Lower Merion Vocational Training Center, which was founded, by Resources for Human Development, in 1972. LMVTC followed a sheltered workshop model, in which participants did traditional vocational contract work, like stuffing envelopes and shredding paper.

Transforming into an arts program in 2010, CCW became a place for participants to explore creative ways to earn money, express themselves, engage with and contribute to their communities and build artistic skills. Through exhibiting and selling artwork, working on contract design jobs, and developing products, artists are able to attain ownership over the work that they engage in, while developing sophisticated aesthetic sensibilities.

The artwork created through CCW has been embraced by the greater Philadelphia arts community. Its artists have exhibited at the Outsider Arts Fair, NYC; Outsider Arts Fair, St Louis; Crawford Gallery, Cork Ireland; Delaware County Community College Art Gallery; Woodmere Museum; Fleisher/Ollman Gallery; Pageant Soloveev Gallery; FJORD Gallery; Weird Days Gallery, NYC; the Free Library of Philadelphia and many other venues.

The gallery at The Philadelphia Foundation’s offices is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Groups wishing to tour the gallery are asked to contact The Foundation two weeks in advance of their visit.

About The Center for Creative Works

The Center for Creative Works combines supported studio art development with work opportunities-including supported employment options and community programming for people with intellectual disabilities. Its goal is developing creative work potential and cultural identity. The Center fosters individual expression and skill development, promoting the artists’ work through public exhibitions, art fairs and other community events.

About The Community Art Gallery

You and Me: Figurative Work from the Center for Creative Works is the 51st exhibition to be held in the Community Art Gallery, which was established in 2000 as a shared space where local arts organizations, artists and patrons can gather to build greater support for the arts. The Gallery also highlights The Philadelphia Foundation’s Arts & Culture Fund, a permanent endowment that supports local arts organizations’ efforts to build community through the arts.

About The Philadelphia Foundation

Founded in 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation (TPF) strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. TPF grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, TPF manages assets of over $392 million and more than 900 charitable funds established by its fund holders. It distributes about $25 million annually to nearly 1,000 nonprofits as grants and scholarships. To learn more, visit www.philafound.org.






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