Every year, we organize cultural excursions for thousands of the most vulnerable kids in the region through our Cultural Journeys program. These include visits to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy Museum, the Hollywood Bowl, Cirque du Soleil and many other premiere venues.
For 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.
We 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 Circus Vargas, 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, UCLA and the Wallis Theatre for their generosity!
If you would like to donate tickets for our Cultural Journeys program, please contact Ruby Medina at (213) 747-2777 x 3 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a short video about how youth from different agencies in our network, like foster groups homes and Project Fatherhood, got to enjoy the premiere of "Star Wars" last December: