Creative Clay Moves to Grand Central District

The mission of Creative Clay is to “help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through access to the arts by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences.”

Creative Clay’s core Community Arts Program serves 50-60 artists with neuro-differences each week. A litany of other programs provide opportunities for children and teens to hone and harness their artistic abilities. Students acquire the skills to create, market and sell their original works.

These outreach experiences are available to those with disabilities, as well as children, veterans and those in institutional settings.

Grand Opening during Second Saturday Art Walk 

Recently, Creative Clay announced their move from their Central Avenue location in the EDGE to a new spot at 1846 1st Avenue South in the Grand Central District. A grand opening is planned for July 8 during St. Pete’s popular Second Saturday Art Walk.

They’ll debut the exhibit “New Beginnings” during the event. Chant The Trees will provide live music.

Creative Clay began operating its first daily arts program on September 1, 1995 and was officially incorporated as a non-profit agency on May 5, 1995.

Providing free meals for kids and teens in Tampa Bay

This summer, the non-profit is serving free meals for all children ages 18 and under. Meals are served Monday through Friday, from noon-1pm. Creative Clay also offers afternoon snacks Monday through Friday, from 2:30-3pm. The Summer Break Spot program is in partnership with the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer services.

Want to assist in making art accessible for all? Join Creative Clay’s Spare Change campaign. Every little bit donated helps the organization serve more adults and children in Tampa Bay. Learn more about fundraising options online.

The organization is always looking for volunteers to help with major events and classes. Discover how you can help make our community brighter by visiting Creative Clay’s website.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: