Create Now is hosting five “Open Houses” this year. These are fun, one-day events in which 20-30 youth from some of our partner agencies get to explore a variety of arts disciplines. At the same time, our volunteers are able to connect with these youth and share their skills. Everyone benefits!
We held our second Open House on Sunday, June 7th and it was fantastic. There were runaway and “throwaway” youth from Angel’s Flight Shelter in the Ramparts district, as well as kids from Vista Del Mar and Hathaway-Sycamores group homes. We’re so grateful to our volunteers. They had the chance to learn about logo design from Brandon Johnson.
Then Elayna Rice taught them how to tell a story, and the teenagers came up with a wild one about alien invasion. Our videographer Willi Patterson showed the kids how to shoot their story on video cameras, which one of the boys directed. They also recorded their voices, and then Rick Giannelli gave them editing lessons as they watched their story come alive.
One young woman really loved our Video Production Workshop. “Guardian” worked with all of our mentors, including board member Jennifer Vogt. Guardian directed her life story about long-term abuse and neglect just the way she wanted it.
Our Program Director Laura Kelly then found the music she wanted to include, and Rick added it to the piece. The result is a CD of Guardian telling her compelling story, accompanied by powerful images and music. She told us that she had always dreamed of telling her story this way. Now she has a lasting souvenir that she can share with others.
The kids also enjoyed learning dance with Bianca Talia, and magic with Josh G. They decorated wooden cigar boxes, discovered graphic design and played guitars. All our volunteers had just as much fun as the kids. One youth told his friend, “This is the best outing… ever!”
Create Now is proud to be a participant in the
2014 Annenberg Alchemy+ program.
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Create Now is honored to have been selected as a 2014 Top-Rated Education 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.