Kindling Studios, a program fueled by IGNITE Collective, Inc., is a working art studio for entrepreneurs with disabilities in Camarillo, California.
The studio opened in 2015 and currently supports about twenty artists with developmental disabilities. Artists work in an inclusive community setting to learn and practice art and entrepreneurial skills, and to sell their work.
With the support of a small team of paid staff and rotating volunteers, Kindling Studios artists engage in curated art shows, art sales, conferences, educational opportunities, and outreach events. We believe everyone has the right to a high quality of life. We strive to grow and support autonomy, fulfillment, and community engagement for all.
In August 2013 Tina and Molly met in a coffee shop in Ventura County, both sweaty and dirty from checking in with people at summer camps, and the two immediately became colleagues and friends.
They created a unique afternoon program for high school students, and from there IGNITE took flight. In 2015 the organization opened Kindling Studios in collaboration with families in Ventura County, in 2016 IGNITE began offering Tailored Services in Los Angeles County, and in 2019 Independent Living Skills began.
Always expanding in response to community needs, IGNITE has grown to support around 100 people in Southern California and the Eastern Sierra on a budget of about $1.2 million per year. The organization has always prioritized quality and its leadership prides themselves on running a company that values direct support providers.