Programs – Creative Arts Heal & Transform Lives


What sets Create Now apart from other arts organizations is that we have 20 years of experience of implementing high-quality arts education programs as a therapeutic tool to reach youth who have fallen through the cracks. We offer the widest variety of programs to a diverse range of the most disadvantaged children throughout Southern California.

Our staff, mentors and teaching artists know how to engage these kids in fun activities that tap into their creativity and stretch their imaginations. 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. Regardless of the schedule, each class boosts the students’ confidence and self-esteem. Our lesson plans also include core subjects, like History, Math, English and Social Studies.

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

  • Promoting literacy, education, healthy attitudes, and behavior;
  • Building self-respect and pride through the creative arts;
  • Providing youth with career goals, job preparedness and opportunities;
  • Allowing caring adults to make a difference through mentoring.

Creative expression has been proven to be very therapeutic, especially for traumatized children. Our programs develop youths’ talents and abilities. They build teamwork, and help to prevent bullying and involvement in gangs.

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.