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Julio Cesar Morales collaborating with Creative Growth Art Center (Oakland)

Award: $35,000 Visual Arts Grant awarded in 2004

Billboards presented: May – July 2005

Related publication: November 2005

Artist Julio Cesar Morales and Creative Growth Art Center collaborated to create a media-based public art project asking, “What is Outside?” Morales and Creative Growth artists worked side-by-side in a studio environment to create projects that asked provocative questions about the nature of “outside” and to raise awareness of work being created by “outsider” artists with developmental disabilities. Their efforts culminated with a series of large and small public billboards, a public lecture, and a publication.

Julio Cesar Morales has taught and created art in a variety of settings—from probation offices to public schools to museums and to alternative nonprofit galleries. His work covers a broad range of media, from public art to photography to video installation and performance. He has been honored with numerous grants and awards. He became the curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum in 2012.

The arts and disabilities movement was founded 30 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area with the establishment of Creative Growth in Oakland, California. Since that time it has grown to become the largest such organization in the world and a recognized leader in the field.