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Foster Kids Enjoy Improv


The holiday season is a very challenging time for the abandoned, neglected, abused and orphaned children that we serve. These kids yearn for their families and they feel sad and depressed.

Improv02Thanks to a grant from the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation, along with the California Community Foundation, we provided 14 children at Hillsides in Pasadena with a six-week Improv Theatre workshop.

Led by Kat Palardy and Patrick Buetow, the classes gave them a lot to laugh about during this difficult time.

Improv03The kids pretended to be dinosaurs in a park, lawyers visiting a car museum and much more so their imaginations were stretched and their stress released by our therapeutic Improv Theatre program.

Michael Machado, a special ed teacher at Hillside’s middle school stated, “We’ve had other theatrical programs here, but none were as engaging as this one.”

Librarian Sherri Ginsberg remarked, “We’ve never heard so much laughter in the library!”

Artistic Journeys 2015


Every year, we organize cultural excursions for thousands of the most vulnerable kids in the region through our Artistic Journeys program. These include visits to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy Museum, the Hollywood Bowl, Cirque du Soleil and many other premiere venues.

Journeys02For most of the children that Create Now serves, it’s their first time going to a live performance or museum. Because of the abuse and trauma they have had to endure, they’re often afraid to venture out into the world.

These troubled kids also feel self-conscious and fearful that they won’t fit in with everyone else. Yet the therapists, social workers, probation officers, teachers and other staff at the partner agencies in our network tell us that after attending our Artistic Journeys field trips, their youth are more focused and able to concentrate longer. They want to explore more of the world they live in, especially cultural opportunities.

Journeys03We ask the kids to create thank you cards and letters, which teaches them to express their appreciation and to develop their creativity. At the same time, our ticket donors are able to see the impact of their contributions first-hand.

Thank you to the Brown Miller Group, Cirque du Soleil, Geffen Playhouse, Grammy Museum, House of Blues, Hudson Theatre, iPalpiti Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles Ballet, MUSE/IQUE, the Pasadena Playhouse, ProSearch Strategies, Road Theatre, the Skirball Cultural Center, Sold Out Crowd, Ringling Brothers Circus, Theatre West and UCLA for their generosity!

If you would like to donate tickets for our Artistic Journeys program, please contact Ruby Medina at (213) 747-2777 x 3 or email:

Create Now was proud to be a participant in the
2014-2015 Annenberg Alchemy+ program.
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Create Now is honored to have been selected as a 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit by Guidestar and Great Nonprofits.
Create Now is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and by the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs.