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Creative Identity

 200 N. Harbor Blvd., suite # 210
 Anaheim, CA 92805
[P] (657) 208-3350
[F] --
www.creativeidentity-oc.org
[email protected]
George Gilliam
FOUNDED: 1996
INCORPORATED: 1996
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Organization DBA Creative Identity
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0684800 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

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 meaningful participation in music and expressive arts, and by presentation of their talents through community concerts and art exhibitions.

Mission Statement

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 meaningful participation in music and expressive arts, and by presentation of their talents through community concerts and art exhibitions.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $599,000.00
Projected Revenue $585,810.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Music and Expressive Arts Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

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 meaningful participation in music and expressive arts, and by presentation of their talents through community concerts and art exhibitions.

Background Statement

Creative Identity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit therapeutic music and expressive arts-based prevocational day program that serves adults, 18 years of age and older, with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Anaheim, California. Based on the fundamental belief that music and the expressive arts can promote positive change on all levels of human health, well-being, and foster development, Creative Identity was established in 1996. Brain research shows that the human brain is essentially wired for music, and music effects physiology, emotions, and language processing. Music is an intellectual pursuit and can help coordinate physical functioning, language development, emotional expression and psychological balancing.

Creative Identity began with George Gilliam, a music therapist and professional jazz guitar recording artist, and one musically gifted individual with an intellectual and developmental disability.  A year after its inception, Creative Identity expanded into an expressive arts program, and later into a music and expressive arts-based pre-vocational program, as a way to encourage full participation and community integration. 

Today, Creative Identity serves 44 musically and artistically talented adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Anaheim and Laguna Beach, CA. Up to 80 music and expressive arts classes are offered each week in string and percussion instruments, choir, ceramics, and painting. At least six weekends out of the year are dedicated to community experiences where students can sell their artwork and ceramic ware at local craft fairs or art exhibitions and showcase their talents, skills, musical, and artistic progress through paid and community service concerts.

Under the leadership of a 8-member board of directors and committed staff of music therapists, art instructors, and program aides, Creative Identity continues to successfully improve the societal perceptions of individuals with intellectual disabilities and enrich the local music and art scene by providing a nurturing environment where clients, artists, and musicians alike can establish a common dialogue through music and the expressive arts. Through our program services and these client concerts and art exhibits, the quality of life for our clients is improved, as well as their ability to be as independent as they can be. And importantly, they demonstrate to the wider community that they are creative and contributing members of society.


Impact Statement

Creative Identity's Accomplishments in 2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017:
  • 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 has received the City of Anaheim's Community Development Block Grant for our Prevocational Growth Initiative program component in FY 13/14, FY 14/15, FY 15/16, and FY 16/17 in the amount of $10,000 per year.
  • In 2015, Creative Identity opened an additional program site in Laguna Beach, CA to provide music and expressive arts services to an area without such services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The program is fully operational, and is already near client capacity.
  • Creative Identity's client performance group The Pride Singers was invited to perform for the Southern California Special Olympics Gala fundraising event, and received great acclaim by the attendees. This invitation to perform shows the positive results of Creative Identity's program services to demonstrate the creative contributions of adults with IDD when provided access to fine arts education, training, and mentoring.
  • In June 2017 Creative Identity relocated its Anaheim program site to the Anaheim Accessibility Center in Downtown Anaheim, and the City of Anaheim increased Creative Identity's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from $10K to 20K to support its Prevocational Growth Initiative program.
  • In June 2018, the City of Anaheim's Community Service Board recommended an increase to Creative Identity's CDBG grant from 20K to $28,750. This amount will go before the City Council for approval on July 31, 2018.
 
Creative Identity's Goals for 2018:
  • 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.

Needs Statement

  1. 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. We need an additional $100,000 per year to support the hiring and retaining of such staff.
  2. Transportation-Support existing transportation system by securing funds to cover gas and maintenance to our mini van that transport some of our clients to and from the program during the week and to their community performances and to participate in local craft fairs and art exhibitions to increase their opportunities to sell their art and ceramic ware and thereby earn commissions on the sale of these items.
  3. 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/year to help maintain and support client production of artwork and ceramic ware.
  4. For the long term, we need supportive dedicated donors to join our monthly donor program to ensure that Creative Identity can secure long-term stability for our program and program participants at both the Anaheim and Laguna Beach program sites and our corporate office. Creative Identity, and other Regional Center funded day programs have been enduring a fifteen year-old rate freeze (since 2003) where we are not able to ask for a cost of doing business rate increase and the Regional Center of Orange County is not able to offer that. Currently, there is legislation put forth by State Assembly  member Chris Holden to obtain emergency Bridge Funding to help programs like ours to stay in business while the State legislature reviews a budget increase proposal that is scheduled sometime between 2019-2022. So, we are in urgent need of on-going support now and into the foreseeable future.

CEO Statement

"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."

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Please Donate today and help Creative Identity improve the lives and societal perceptions of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through therapeutic music, expressive arts, and life skills education. You can join our monthly donor program by setting up reoccurring donations with PayPal or make a one-time donation at http://www.creativeidentity-oc.org/donations/. Checks made payable to Creative Identity can also be sent to 200 N. Harbor Blvd. Suite #210 Anaheim, CA 92805. Creative Identity also accepts In-Kind donations off of our wish list such as: tone chime sets, microphones, microphone stands, full size Cello strings, full size and 3/4 Violin strings, full size Viola strings, paint brushes, canvases, acrylic paints, easels, clay-white Glaze (food grade), and gift cards to music and art supply stores and warehouses. If you would like to make an In-Kind donation or would like to donate an item that is not present, please contact our Program Director Dr. Cynthia Smith at (657)208-3350 or [email protected] There are also lots of other ways you can get involved and have an enriching and enjoyable experience while helping those in need. Volunteer opportunities such as Administrative/Clerical support and instructor support in expressive arts, ceramics, music, music performance, and life skills are available. Community support at art exhibits, craft fairs, and client fundraising events is another way to get involved. Internship opportunities are also available to students pursuing degrees in music therapy, fine arts, psychology, human services, and social work. Please contact Dr. Cynthia Smith at [email protected]

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
North Orange County
South Orange County
Creative Identity serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from cities throughout Orange County. Many of these clients travel fairly long distances to attend our Anaheim or Laguna Beach programs.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities -
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Citizen Participation

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Programs


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 Program
Our 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.
Budget  $529,524.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  Over the past year, Creative Identity has made several short-term achievements, which include:
  1. Offering a total of 32 classes each day by our combined staff of 8, including music, art, ceramics, and life skills, with each client participating in four a day.
  2. 95% of enrolled clients attending classes on a regular basis, demonstrating the effectiveness of our instructors' abilities to engage and create an enthusiastic learning environment.
  3. 98% of our clients participating in at least 2 major community concerts.
  4. 95% of our clients making progress or maintaining their previous level of skills on at least one out of three goals and objectives over the past year, as measured by semi-annual and annual progress reports.
Program Long-Term Success 
Over the past year, Creative Identity has made several long-term achievements, including:
  1. Clients becoming more independent, such as moving from group homes to assisted living.
  2. Clients demonstrating improvements in social skills and pre-vocational skill areas, such as the ability to follow directions and attend to detail in the home and community, per parent report.
  3. Demonstrable improvements in client musical performance and expressive arts skills, and creative productivity. 
Program Success Monitored By 
Client participation and progress is assessed using the following:
  • Daily Class Goal and Objective Tracking Sheets
  • Quarterly Music and Expressive Arts Assessments
  • Semi-annual and annual progress reports
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Management


CEO/Executive Director George Gilliam
CEO Term Start June 1996
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience George J. Gilliam is the founder and Executive Director of Creative Identity and serves as the Musical Director of Creative Identity's Pride Band, and Pride Singers.  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.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Dr. Cynthia Smith Program Director Dr. Cynthia Smith has served as the Program Director of Creative Identity for over 6 years. Dr. Smith received her bachelor's in music with an emphasis in music therapy from Chapman University.  In 2011, she received her PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and an internationally renowned fretted dulcimer recording artist, singer, songwriter, and arranger of traditional British Isles music. She is a much sought after clinician, performing and teaching the fretted dulcimer at universities and events across the nation, including the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1994, she co-founded the Southern California Dulcimer Heritage and that same year co-founded The Harvest Festival of Dulcimers in Southern California, where she served as the Artistic Director for 12 years. Her recordings with Ruth Barrett include: The Early Years: Aeolus/Music of the Rolling World, Deepening, A Dulcimer Harvest, and The Heart is the Only Nation. She is currently working on the release of her sixth recording on her independent label Aeolus Music.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Excellence in Support Services Regional Center of Orange County 2012

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Creative Identity began a collaboration with the non-profit GOALS (Growth Opportunities Through Athletics and Learning) that provides a recreational venue for our clients between June 25th and August 2nd, 2018.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 90%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 5
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

Creative Identity along with other Regional Center funded day programs have been enduring a reimbursement rate freeze since 2003. Unlike other non-profits, we are not able to ask for a rate increase to cover the yearly increase in the cost of doing business. Regional Centers are likewise not able to offer cost of doing business rate increases, and this has resulted in many programs going out of business, leaving clients without needed services. Recently, State Assembly Member Chris Holden submitted a request to the State Legislature for emergency Bridge Funding to help programs like our stay in business and continue to provide needed services to adults with developmental disabilities while the State Legislature plans to review this issue sometime between 2019 to 2022. Our program urgently needs on-going support from donors who believe our clients have a right to access education and a decent quality of life through participation in our fine arts and prevocational training program.

Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair George Gilliam
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder and Executive Director of Creative Identity
Board Chair Term 1996 -
Board Co-Chair Silvia Estabrook
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation On the Board of Directors of Integrated Rehabilitation Therapies
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Tom Burns President and owner of Stan Burns Insurance Services, Inc. Voting
Silvia Estabrook Retired Music Therapist Voting
Paul Evans Retired art and computer teacher Voting
George Gilliam Founder and CEO of Creative Identity Voting
Barbara Napper Registered nurse (emphasis in nursing administration); Independent consultant (curriculum and program design for nursing programs) Voting
Jim Rogers Retired senior marketing executive; Board member of the Newport Community Counseling Center Voting
Cynthia Smith Program Director Voting
Carol Stone Retired special education teacher Voting
Ed Washington President and general manager of Citizens Funeral Services Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 25%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $629,715 $561,583 $451,020
Total Expenses $636,254 $520,782 $485,350

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$29,705 $24,845 $35,811
Government Contributions $14,200 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $14,200 -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $585,810 $521,911 $395,431
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $0
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events -- $14,827 $20,385
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other -- -- $-20,385

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $378,098 $328,627 $299,642
Administration Expense $258,156 $192,155 $185,708
Fundraising Expense -- -- $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.08 0.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses 59% 63% 62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $83,409 $108,488 $61,930
Current Assets $72,616 $95,803 $48,749
Long-Term Liabilities $3,850 $7,150 $10,450
Current Liabilities $18,666 $33,906 $24,849
Total Net Assets $60,893 $67,432 $26,631

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.89 2.83 1.96

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 5% 7% 17%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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