Human Services

Creative Identity

  • Anaheim, CA
  • www.creativeidentity-oc.org

Mission Statement

Creative Identity's mission is to improve the quality of life and societal perceptions of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing therapeutic and educational interventions that cultivate our clients' personal and social responsibilities, pre-vocational skills, independence, and creative potentials through participation in music and expressive arts, and by presentation of their talents through community concerts and art exhibitions.

Main Programs

  1. Music and Expressive Arts Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 1996

Self-reported

George Gilliam

Keywords

Self-reported

music therapy, expressive arts, intellectual and developmental disabilities, pre-vocational training, day program, therapeutic interventions, fine arts education

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EIN

33-0684800

 Number

1821405921

Also Known As

Creative Identity

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

orming Arts (Aer)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Creative Identity's Accomplishments in 2012/2013/2014: Founder and Executive Director, George Gilliam, received the Excellence in Support Services Award from the Regional Center of Orange County.Creative Identity received a grant from the Anaheim Arts Council, City of Anaheim, and Autism Speaks to support our Pre-vocational Empowerment Program (PEP). Creative Identity expanded client performances in the community as well as client economic opportunities by increasing the selling of their artwork and ceramic ware at local craft fairs and art exhibitions. Creative Identity continued to provide client community service concerts to other underserved populations, such as patients at the Long Beach Veterans Administration, the Santa Ana Elk's Club annual Christmas concert for children with disabilities, and the Christmas concert for clients at Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa, among other similar venues. Creative Identity's Goals for 2015:Strengthen and expand programs to increase opportunities for our clients to become more active in the community and develop skills necessary for achieving a higher degree of independence. Continue to develop a highly qualified, multidisciplinary workforce that actively and effectively delivers our mission. Continue to increase awareness of our program services by involving local and national media and developing partnerships with local organizations.

Programs

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Program 1

Music and Expressive Arts Program

At Creative Identity, we offer year-round education and mentoring in music and the expressive arts, onsite and in the community. By offering the option for students to develop and enhance their natural talents and skills onsite and practice implementing these skills in the community, creative potentials and personal skills are developed, and students take on a more active role in demonstrating that they are, in fact, creative and contributing members of society. Onsite Music and Expressive Arts ProgramOur onsite music and expressive arts program operates in Anaheim, CA. Our highly skilled music therapists, art instructors, and program aides provide up to 80 classes a week in cello, violin, guitar, bass, dulcimer, piano, percussion, choir, song writing, ceramics, painting, and jewelry crafting. Instruction is offered at a 4:1 client to instructor ratio. Through this program, students have the benefit of developing skills in music and the expressive arts, and opportunities to interact and develop meaningful friendships. Community Music Program (Pre-vocational Growth Initiative) Our Community Music Performance Program provides students with the opportunity to further develop skill areas through interactions in the community. Twice a year, students come together to perform a summer and winter community concert, showcasing their skills, talents, and musical progress. Additional opportunities to perform concerts are offered throughout the year. Community Expressive Arts Program (Pre-vocational Growth Initiative) Our Community Expressive Arts Program provides students with the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents and sell their artwork at art exhibitions and craft fairs around Orange County. Exhibitions of artwork and ceramic ware allow students to earn a commission, while also enhancing self-esteem and fostering social participation with the greater community. Exhibitions and craft fairs occur at least quarterly.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$529,524.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Funding Needs

Capacity Building-Expand services to reach a wider range of individuals with disabilities by securing funds to increase number of our educated and trained staff. Additionally, funds are needed to increase our service outreach. In order to expand our services into areas of need, we require $100,000 to open a program in south Orange County. Representatives from the Regional Center of Orange County has asked for Creative Identity to open a program in South Orange County because there are numerous individuals with developmental disabilities in that area who could benefit from the music, fine arts, and prevocational training this program provides.Transportation-Support existing transportation system by securing funds to cover gas and maintenance costs. Additionally, there is an urgent need to purchase a new van to help transport clients to and from the program and to client community concerts, craft fairs, and art exhibitions. $17,500 is required to support our transportation system. Program Support-Funds are needed for expressive arts supplies to maintain and support client production of artwork and ceramic ware, as well as to maintain and purchase musical instruments for our clients. We need $14,000 to help maintain and support client production of artwork and ceramic ware.

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CREATIVE IDENTITY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Creative Identity

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Principal Officer

George Gilliam

BIO

George J. Gilliam is the founder and Executive Director of Creative Identity and serves as the Musical Director of Creative Identity's Pride Band, Singers, and String Ensemble. Mr. Gilliam received his bachelor's degree from Xavier University in New Orleans and in 1992 earned bachelor's in music therapy from California State University, Long Beach. He has served adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southern California for over 21 years as a music therapist and was the program director of Hope University, the first creative-arts therapy facility in Orange County for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He founded Creative Identity in 1996 with the vision of assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve a higher degree of independence and reach their creative potentials as productive and contributing members of society.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

""Creative Identity enriches the lives of our clients by providing meaningful participation in the fine arts and encourages them to be as independent as they can be. Our program also enriches the community and the local art scene in numerous ways, including dispelling negative perceptions of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and educating the community regarding how our clients are truly conscientious, creative, and contributing members of society.""

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

George Gilliam

Founder and Executive Director of Creative Identity

Term: 1996 -

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