Programs – Creative Arts Heal & Transform Lives


What sets Create Now apart from other arts educators is that we have 19 years of experience in using high-quality arts education programs as a therapeutic tool to reach those youth who have fallen through the cracks of the educational system. Our staff, mentors and teaching artists know how to engage kids in fun activities that also include lessons in core subjects, like History, Math, English and Social Studies.

We are able to customize our programs to meet the needs of our partner agencies. A homeless shelter might require short-term programs since their children are in high transition. A charter school could require a performing arts workshop that will endure for the entire year, or just one semester. Whatever your goals and budget, our organization will tailor a program that will fulfill your objectives.

Create Now gives youth the support needed to make a positive difference in their lives and community by:

  • Promoting literacy, education, healthy attitudes, and behavior
  • Providing youth with career goals, materials and jobs
  • Building self-esteem and confidence through creative arts
  • Allowing caring adults to make a difference through mentoring

Create Now has 7 main program areas:

  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Literary Arts
  • Digital Media
  • Performing Arts
  • Fashion Design
  • Cultural Excursions

Our programs vary from one-day events to longer-term workshops of 12-weeks or even several years. All programs are customized to meet the needs of the youth, as well as our volunteers and partner agencies. We train our volunteer mentors, and also recruit and hire professional teaching artists, and then help them to develop curricula that follow California Common Core State Standards.

The evaluation of our programs utilize: (1) mentor/teaching artist notes on each student’s group interaction, youth feedback and staff notes on youth attitudes; (2) pre- and post-workshop written examinations to evaluate an improvement in performance skills and also comprehension of the material; (3) assessment by youth, mentors and facility staff for increased self-esteem, enhanced coping skills and greater self-awareness; and (4) post-workshop review of each child’s behavior after the workshop has been completed to assess the longer term impact of the experience.

We also use SETS (Student Evaluation and Tracking System) by Merge Education as an assessment tool. This program allows us to track instructional performance, consistency of effort, goal attainment, skill achievement, ability to concentrate, focus and listen, motivation, confidence and the ability to understand directions.