Vision

To support expression of individual creativity as a fundamental aspect of the human spirit

Mission

Offer interactive art-based programs that develop each person’s unique, intuitive creative potential, nurture imaginative expression, build self-confidence and awareness and foster creative communities.

OUR PURPOSE

THE CREATIVE EDGE: THE WAY OF THE ARTS is a nonprofit public benefit corporation founded in January 1989. It operates under IRS Code 501(c)(3) for the educational purpose of sponsoring programs that introduce and develop for individuals the inner creative process. In particular, these programs are based on the belief that artistic expression consciously based on material from the psyche and expressed in one or more channels of artistic endeavor supports healthy development of both the individual and the society. The Creative Edge supports various programs and collaborative efforts that creatively serve the community.

OUR FOCUS

Creative Edge programs tap into the creative energy inherent in every person. We believe it is not necessary to become trained artists to express this potential, although learning techniques can be helpful. The primary task for most of us is to learn how to connect to our own inner, deeper voice and articulate what needs to be shared in our own personal way. When we explore our internal themes through our art, we can gain powerful insights about the conscious and unconscious parts of ourselves. When we share our efforts with others, there is more possibility for support and relationship with each other.

 

A TESTIMONIAL…

“I look forward to the monthly Creative Edge gatherings because they support me creatively, socially and spiritually.  Lately I am noticing a shift in how I think of myself as having an “artistic license” to create meaning and beauty in my life.  This awareness makes me feel very grateful and empowered. Spending time with other creative and like-minded spirits in a structured setting, with ample support and encouragement, feeds my soul deeply.  I learn a lot about myself during the creative process, and when I reflect on my creations after the fact.  Lori H.

OUR RACIAL EQUITY STATEMENT

The founder, volunteers, and facilitators of The Creative Edge: The Way of the Arts believe that all peoples and their cultures contribute to the meaning and understanding of our shared humanity and should be honored. Our vision is to always support the expression of individual creativity as a fundamental aspect of the human spirit. Our non-profit exists to provide a clearinghouse for facilitators from any community or cultural group to offer their unique creative programing. We condemn the systematic racism, ageism, injustice, and inequality that continue to exist in our community. We never discriminate against facilitators or program participants based on sex, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin. Our programs are open to all.

OUR TEAM

The Creative Edge: The Way of the Arts is a California non-profit Corporation managed by the father and daughter team of Donald Mathews and Carol Mathew-Rogers until his death in February 2024. Originally started in Monterey 35 years ago by Donald, The Creative Edge office is now located in Fair Oaks, near the state capital. On the Founder’s page you can find out about how he started The Creative Edge, learn the story about our unique logo, and read samples of the poetry from his book.

In 2016 Carol took over operation of The Creative Edge as Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors. She has been active on the Creative Edge Board since 2007, and worked for 14 years developing and leading another non-profit arts organization. Recognizing that her own work facilitating art paralleled the work of The Creative Edge, and appreciating the legacy of her father’s work, she agreed to step into active leadership. She facilitates numerous art and writing groups in the Sacramento area, along with on-line programs available worldwide.

                        OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Carol Mathew-Rogers
Talib Huff
Richard Mathew-Rogers
Ann Foley
Nancy Drewek

President/Executive Director
Vice President/Assistant Executive Director
Treasurer
Secretary
Director-at-large