Press Release

Announcing the The Creative Growth Collection

As the United States approaches its 250th year, the State Department’s Art in Embassies program is working with cultural institutions, artists, families, and galleries to curate art collections that promote U.S. diplomacy.

Art in Embassies announces the establishment of the Creative Growth Collection, comprised of 89 artworks created by artists from the Creative Growth Art Center, all of whom have developmental disabilities.

The Creative Growth Art Center is a nonprofit based in Oakland, California, that promotes inclusivity in the contemporary art community by providing a platform for artists with disabilities. The selected works from the new collection span various mediums, including watercolor, ink, textiles, clay, mixed media, pastels, acrylics, linocuts, and digital prints. They will immediately become available for exhibit in U.S. embassies and Ambassadors’ residences under long-term loan agreements.

The Creative Growth Art Center not only represents the diversity of our democratic society but also has received the highest critical acclaim. Its artworks have been showcased in exhibitions at renowned institutions such as MoMA, the Smithsonian, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. With the guidance of professional artists, the Creative Growth Studio provides artistic support, high-quality materials, and a workspace for over 140 artists.

Art in Embassies Director Megan Beyer and Chief Curator Camille Benton announced the Collection during Art in Embassies’ 60th anniversary dinner with ambassadors and cultural leaders at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The Office of Art in Embassies, established in 1963, plays a crucial role in U.S. public diplomacy, connecting nations through curated exhibitions. It showcases the innovation and cultural prowess of the United States and fosters cross-cultural connections.

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