The Artists Community Teaching Program and Creative Action Programs, in collaboration with ECF Art Centers and UCP of Los Angeles, will co-present a virtual screening and watch party for Creativity Unlimited, a short film created by four artists from two progressive art studios in Southern California: ECF Art Centers and UCP of Los Angeles (UCPLA). Through in-studio interviews, Marilyn Schmidt (ECF), James Basilio (ECF), Chris Brown (UCPLA), and Joanna Krall Wilkins (UCPLA) discuss what inspires them, their art making process, and their unique creative drive while giving just a glimpse of their vast portfolios of work. The artists connect with each other through a shared perspective on community and life in their studios. The film was created with guidance and support from former ECF Supervisor Eugenia Barbuc (’12 BFA). The screening will also include a series of shorts made by artists from both studios, followed by a live Q&A with the artists and supporting staff.
ECF and UCP of Los Angeles are grateful for the opportunity to share Creativity Unlimited and continue to build our community while societal changes are keeping us all at a distance. As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in summer 2020, the importance of highlighting the contributions of these individuals is more vital than ever.
Since 1968, the ECF Art Centers have provided adults with developmental disabilities a place to explore their creativity and freedom of expression. ECF Art Centers is a program of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF), improving the lives of children and adults with special needs since 1946.
UCPLA’s Washington Reid Gallery and adjoining Washington Place Adult Day Program support a vigorous community of working artists with a variety of developmental challenges, such as Autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome—people whose perspective is vital within the contemporary art world.
Over the past several years, ECF and UCPLA have partnered with Otis College of Art and Design on course collaborations and student internship placements, and we are thrilled to bring this project to the Otis Community.
This project was envisioned by Keith Lawrence from the Mary Pickford Foundation and The Arts Consortium LA. The Arts Consortium LA is the creation of the Mary Pickford Foundation and helps forge social change and growth in Los Angeles by utilizing the artistic process. It provides existing community-based art organizations an opportunity to expand the scope of their work while enhancing creative growth and self-determination for the participating individuals. Funding for this project was generously provided by the Mary Pickford Foundation.