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NIAD Art Center provides an art program tthat promotes creativity, independence, dignity, and community integration for people with developmental and other disabilities.
In 1982 Elias Katz and Florence Ludens-Katz founded the National Institute of Art & Disabilities (NIAD Art Center), in the belief that creativity can be expressed regardless of one's physical, emotional or mental capacity, and that everyone has a right to self-expression and participation in community.
From a faculty of professional artists, NIAD client-artists receive quality instruction and specialized mentoring with volunteers providing additional persona attention. Ongoing support comes from staff building strong relationships with artists' families, care providers, case managers and local residents. We are dedicated to promoting the contribution our artists make to the Bay Area's richly diverse cultural environment.
NIAD's exhibitions and art sales provide income and exposure for client-artists, who earn fifty percent of the sale price of their work. They engage with the community through field trips to museums, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, meeting collectors, and presenting ocassional performances, such as puppet show or a wearable art show. They learn about the natural world by working in our garden. All our activities feed the development of creative expression, independent living skills, and social integration.