The Creative Growth Book celebrates the first 40 years of the titular Oakland, California, art center for people with disabilities. As the world's oldest and largest center of its kind, Creative Growth Art Center's history mirrors the evolution of a growing disability rights movement and the increased interest in self-taught art. This visual history looks at the center's start and how its artists evolved from being seen as people with disabilities to outsider artists-and, increasingly, as acclaimed contemporary artists-and at its current international design, museum, and fashion partnerships.
Tom di Maria is the director of Creative Growth Art Center. David Byrne is a noted musician, artist, and writer. Claire Daigle is the chair of the master of arts program at the San Francisco Art Institute. Lucienne Peiry is the former director of the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland. Matt Haber is a New York Times writer.