Benefit for Creativity Explored

April 11th, 2007

Years ago, when I had first moved to the Mission District (where I lived happily for many years before heading to the East Bay), I repeatedly passed a beautiful storefront on 16th Street, filled with all manner of lovely, intriguing paintings and sculptures. One day I headed inside the studio -- and was fascinated to learn that the talented artists working there were all developmentally disabled. I had stumbled on the headquarters of Creativity Explored, an organization dedicated to helping artists with these disabilities to create, exhibit, and sell their art.

Ever since then I've been a huge fan of the place -- and so I was especially honored when I was contacted by its executive director, Amy Taub, and invited to participate in their third annual San Francisco Notables fundraising event. The bash -- hosted by S.F. District Attorney Kamala Harris and featuring live music by rock 'n' roll hero Jonathan Richman -- takes place tomorrow, April 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the 111 Minna Gallery. (Details and tix here.)

I'll be there, along with an unbelievable number of hecka-cool folks; all we "notables" had to do was allow artists from Creativity Explored to do our portraits, which will be sold at tomorrow's benefit in a silent auction. (Amy mentions that there will be not one but two portraits of me -- including the one pictured above, by Gordon Chin. I love it!) Oh, and did I mention there will be lots of great food? (Well, there will be.)

Last year the event sold out, so they're recommending that you purchase your tickets in advance. See you there!

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2 Comments

  • 1. Julie Bernstein  |  April 12th, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    It was great to see you there Josh! I hope you’re feeling better. Looking forward to seeing your new show too, as soon as I figure out which night to attend!

  • 2. MIchelle Hixon  |  April 15th, 2007 at 12:13 am

    i just wanted to say how awesome I think you are (Josh) and thank you so much for taking the time to sign your autograph with a small note of kindness to me. My boyfriend n I are such great fans of yours and my boyfriend (one of the Minna bartenders) came home he had nothing but great things to say about you. so keep being you cuz a pretty cool dude! Meesh


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