ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – St. Petersburg non-profit Creative Clay announces a $9500.00 grant awarded by Duke Energy Foundation to assist with funding the purchase of art supplies, computers, framing and professional arts instruction by local artists.
Creative Clay’s vision is to increase access to the arts, including arts-related employment and arts-generated income. According to a study by Jonathon Plucker of Indiana University, the correlation between individual creativity and lifetime success is three times higher than that of IQ measures. Unfortunately, studies indicate that creativity in the United States is dropping. Creative Clay is one of the few agencies in the country dedicated to helping artists with disabilities achieve their creative goals; whether it be to secure employment in a creative industry or supplemental employment to augment art sales income. Creative Clay also is a community space for the creation and study of multiple arts disciplines, including visual and performing arts.
“Duke Energy is proud to support the mission of Creative Clay through a foundation grant aimed at promoting and sharing the arts,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy’s government and community relations manager. “It takes just one visit to this special St. Petersburg organization to recognize the value it brings to individuals and the broader community. Creative Clay is one of the many reasons St. Petersburg shines as a leader in the arts.”
A formal check presentation by Seixas to CEO Kim Dohrman took place Saturday, Sept. 12, at Creative Clay during 2nd Saturday Artwalk.
“We are thrilled to have the support of Duke Energy to continue our vision of making the arts accessible to all,” Creative Clay CEO Kim Dohrman said. “Creative Clay’s talented teaching artists provide high-caliber arts education, as well as vocational training in the business of being an artist. Duke Energy’s generous grant allows us to continue the work we do to educate, inspire and empower our member artists, as well as support the teaching artists who work here every day.”
Creative Clay’s mission is to provide educational, expressive and vocational opportunities in the arts for people with obstacles to arts access. We serve people with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, as well as people in healthcare settings, children, veterans, and provide outreach art experiences in our community. Creative Clay is located at 1114 Central Avenue, in the heart of The EDGE District of St. Petersburg.