Sen. Hurtado recognizes Visalia Creative Center

Senator Melissa Hurtado (middle left) presents the Creative Center in Visalia with the Non-Profit of the Year Award. Also pictured are Celeste Chavez-Program Director (left), Joel Glick-Executive Director (middle right), and Daisy Mendoza-Business Manager (right).(Rigo Moran)

Melissa Hurtado names The Creative Center in Visalia as the Senate District Sixteen’s 2024 Nonprofit of the Year

VISALIA – Senator Melissa Hurtado recently recognized The Creative Center as the Senate District Sixteen’s 2024 Nonprofit of the Year, commending its impact in fostering personal growth among adults with developmental disabilities through arts, cultural integration and community engagement.

Hurtado (D-Bakersfield) toured The Creative Center on Friday May 10 to recognize it as Senate District Sixteen’s 2024 Nonprofit of the Year. The Senator presented a ceremonial Senate Resolution to the organization’s executive director, Joel Glick, before touring the facilities and meeting with staff.

“I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award from Senator Melissa Hurtado. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the Creative Center board members, the dedicated employees and our supportive community who have continually championed The Creative Center’s mission,” Glick said via press release.

The Creative Center is a non-profit community arts center for adults with developmental disabilities. The center’s mission is to foster self-expression, self-worth and personal growth through the arts, community integration, providing cultural resources to the community and recognizing the individual’s value and contribution.

“This award not only acknowledges the hard work and dedication of my team but also recognizes the collective efforts of everyone involved in serving adults with developmental disabilities,” Glick said. “I am sincerely grateful to Senator Melissa Hurtado of the 16th district for this recognition and feel truly privileged to be part of The Creative Center’s journey.”

The Creative Center will be recognized on the west steps of the State Capitol on June 5 as part of the California Association of Nonprofits annual festivities. The event celebrates and recognizes non-profits across the state for their work on issues ranging from homelessness and health, to workers’ rights and education support.

Senator Melissa Hurtado is Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and currently represents the 16th Senate District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties.

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