Creative Minds is a collaborative education program offered by the Durango Arts Center for adult clients of Community Connections. Recognizing the arts as a universal language, the arts fulfill the basic human need for self-expression. Beyond arts and crafts, the Creative Minds program meets the unmet needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Led by a Durango Arts Center teaching artist and DAC docents, the Creative Minds program is offered twice at month in the Barbara Conrad Gallery. Clients are provided with a tour of the Gallery exhibit followed by a hands-on art lesson, exploring self-expression through various art mediums. At the conclusion of each session, the clients are encouraged to share their work in a salon style display, to the delight of their peers.
Creative Minds expands the impact of the Durango Arts Center’s mission to provide individuals from Durango and surrounding communities with opportunities to create, to promote and to participate in diverse art experiences. At the same time, the program honors the mission of Community Connections, to create opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead healthy and fulfilling lives in their community.