Visual Arts Program


“A picture tells a thousand stories,” is very true for the troubled youth that we serve. Through drawing, painting, collages, photography, graphic and web design, high-risk youth can find release from their traumatic experiences by using the visual arts for expression. At the end of the programs, the kids have lasting souvenirs that they can share with their families and friends. We provide them with opportunities to publicly exhibit and sell their artwork.

Featured Program: “Digital Media Lab

Create Now is proud to bring high-quality arts education that engages children so they can exercise their imaginations and explore their creativity. We introduce them to new opportunities, which build skills that can lead to jobs and careers.

Our organization received a generous grant from the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation through the California Community Foundation to initiate a Digital Media Lab at the Hope Street Family Center, across from our offices in the disadvantaged South Park neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles.

Our Digital Media Lab began on October 18th. Teaching artist Audri Phillips is leading the 12-week classes with assistance from Tim Hicks and Aron Johnson. The 13 children participating are ages 9-15 and they love the workshop.

Jonathon, age 11 said, “I like everything about this class. I like using the laptop and trying to figure out all it could do. I’ve never used Photoshop before so I’m excited that I’m learning such a cool program! My friends are in the class too so it makes it even more fun!”

Estafanie, age 12 exclaimed, “Recording my voice was really fun! Taking selfies and then being able to use the different effects of the Photoshop program was cool.”

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Featured Program: “Homeless Youth Create Positive Perceptions”

One in five foster youth are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender). Suicide is the leading cause of death amongst these adolescents.

A new Creating Content 101 workshop took place at the Youth Center on Highland, which is part of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Nine students learned how to star in and shoot their own videos with help from Rebecca Reese of the R Creative marketing agency and her team of creative coaches.

The youth, ages 18-24, learned how to write, act, shoot, direct, edit and create artwork for a short film called, “I Am” about their perception of others, and the perceptions that others have of them.

Renée Bever, the Youth Education Coordinator remarked, “The youth really, really liked it! They felt special and cared for, and couldn’t stop talking about it.”

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Read about some of our recent Featured Programs

“Formula-E” Rubber Band Car Racing
Creating Content 101
FoxGives Volunteers
Homeless Kids Get Creative
Create a City Now
Awakening the Inner Goddess
Abused Kids Excited by Filmmaking
Photography Workshop for Orange County Youth
Happy Endings
Debra Wilson Brings Fun Times To Homeless Shelter
Exploring Life Through Painting
Graphic & Web Design Helps Substance Abusers
Incarcerated Girls Find Relief Through Arts
Troubled Girls Open Up Through Arts
Arts Calm Down Teens
Fine Art Inspires Foster Kids
Girls’ Detention Facility – Your Donations at Work
Women’s Shelter of Long Beach

Special thanks to the supporters of our visual arts program

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Department of Cultural Affairs.