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Creative Growth Art Center is the nations first/oldest nonprofit art center for disabled adults. Founded in 1974 with the mission "to provide a safe environment that fosters and nurtures the creative process, and to promote and market the art of people with physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities", Creative Growth was named model program by Very Special Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC in 1979. A year later, with funds granted by the NEA, CGAC opened the world's first gallery devoted exclusively to the exhibition, promotion and sale of art by artists with disabilities. Over the past thirty years, many of Creative Growth's artists have become favorites of collectors and critics from New York to Japan. Three, Dwight Mackintosh (1906-1999), Judith Scott (1943-2005), and Donald Mitchell (b. 1951), have become giants in the field of Outsider Art with work in virtually every major museum and private collection in the world, including, the Museum de L'Art Brut (Lausanne, SW), L'Aricine Musee de L'art Brut (Paris), the American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD), and the American Folk Art Museum (NY, NY).

For artists biographies visit and read this article from Cleveland's Plain Dealer