A Therapeutic and Expressive Arts Program for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
When California's stay-at-home orders began in March 2020, the under-served adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that Creative Identity serves found themselves unable to continue their fine arts and music education at our Anaheim and Laguna Beach program sites. In response to this challenge, our organization has developed alternate services, including small, personalized video classes that we call “Virtual Meets,” to help provide a sense of normalcy and stability for our participants as well as opportunities for them to continue building their artistic, musical, and pre-vocational skills according to their individual goals and person-centered plans.
Creative Identity is seeking help from our communities and hopes to maintain our services through the giving and kindness of others. There is an immediate need for technology to provide participants who have financial barriers access to virtual classes. Funding for our instructors and music therapists is extremely limited. Your help is needed to maintain key staff wages and purchase program supplies during this unprecedented time. Creative Identity’s goal is to raise $5,000 for these specific areas by September 30, 2020.
As you may know, Creative Identity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit therapeutic and expressive arts program established in 1996 by music therapist and professional jazz guitarist George Gilliam. Though our physical program site have been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19, Creative Identity continues to successfully assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving a higher degree of independence through therapeutic interventions, individualized instruction, education, and mentoring in music and the expressive arts and pre-vocational skills training remotely.
Visit our website: www.creativeidentity-oc.org