Art Centers & DAC Gallery

Art Centers & DAC Gallery

The Art Center program encourages, assists and supports personal artistic development for adults with developmental disabilities. The Centers provide full‐day programming five days a week with professional art instructors in studio facilities. Art instruction is offered in a variety of mediums, such as, water color, oil, pen and ink, printmaking, and ceramics. ECF artists express themselves and build on their innate artistic abilities. In addition to art instruction, the Art Centers offer independent living skills, counseling, and behavior management.

Through juried art shows, gallery and museum exhibitions, silent auctions, and online sales, artists are given exposure and the opportunity to benefit financially from their work, which helps cultivate a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.

Several artists have had their work displayed at the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Armory in New York City, the Los Angeles Art Show, and different museums and galleries across the country.

Further, to display, exhibit, and sell art work produced by our artists from our four Art Center program studios, our Downtown Art Center (DAC) Gallery is a storefront gallery that serves as hub for ECF’s art work. Artists work is featured and showcased throughout the year; and exhibitions and fundraising events help to promote the sale of art work.

Our South LA Art Center is housed in the former LA Fire Department Engine House No. 18. To learn more about this historic building, which is listed in the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument List (#349) and also on the National Register of Historic Places (#67 in city of Los Angeles), please visit these two links:



Purchase Art – DAC Gallery, Amazon and CRAFTED

The DAC Gallery is connected to the Downtown Art Center program studio and is open to the public 9:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday and also by appointment. Art from over 100 artists is represented and available for purchase. To learn more about the DAC Gallery, visit

In 2013, the DAC Gallery became one of a limited number of galleries in the U.S. selected to join a new initiative called Fine Art on Amazon. You can view over 2,000 pieces created by ECF artists on the DAC Gallery’s Amazon web page:

The ECF Art Center also has a booth at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, where you can view and purchase prints, paintings, and ceramics created by ECF artists. Click here for more details and a map.

All art sale proceeds are split between the Art Center artists and the program.

Regional Centers

ECF partners with Regional Centers in Los Angeles County for client referrals. The primary referring Regional Centers for the four Art Center program studios are:

To locate a Regional Center in your community, click here.