Visual Arts Program

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“A picture is worth a thousand words,” is very true for the children that we serve. Through drawing, painting, collages, sculpture, murals and using recycled materials, vulnerable youth can find release from their traumatic experiences by exploring the visual arts for self-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.

Introduction to Art includes fun arts activities that teach children how to use a variety of supplies to create decorative crafts items. Introduction to Fine Art gives instruction in drawing, painting and sculpture, which culminates in an art exhibition.

Two of our most popular programs are Create A Mural Now and Create A City Now, which incorporates “trash” into building materials so students can design their own cities that might have a theme, such as good health or a green environment. Children love using their imaginations to express themselves in these programs.

Featured Program: “Fashion Design”

Emore’J is a designer and fashion show producer. Since May 2015, he and his team have been Detail of Workmentoring a group of 10 youth at the L.A. Family Housing homeless shelter in North Hollywood.They’re teaching these kids how to use their imaginations to create wild outfits with a theme that reflects UTOPIA, like Galaxy, Tropical Fish, Birds, Moon and Fairies.

These kids are able to express themselves creatively in a positive way through clothing, which is a hot button of teenage angst that tends to bring out negative behaviors like bullying.

Atalia exclaimed, “It’s cool because you get to make your own designs. Whatever you think about you can create.”

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Featured Program: “Beautiful Gardens Painted at the Gardens”

This Spring 2015, Create Now partnered with Youth Policy Institute (YPI) and Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood to engage more than a dozen children to create a mural in the low-income housing project “San Fernando Gardens” in Pacoima – one of the poorest neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Juan sisterOur Create a Mural Now workshop was also made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation and the California Community Foundation.

We were thrilled that Pacoima’s “Master Muralist,” Manny Velasquez, spearheaded our mural project. We’re equally pleased that Gardens resident, 21-year old emerging artist Juan Reyes, joined him in designing this gorgeous mural and teaching the youth. One of the major goals of Create Now is to provide job and career opportunities for young artists.

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Read about some of our recent Featured Programs

Digital Media Lab – 2014-2015
Homeless Youth Create Positive Perceptions – 2014
“Formula-E” Rubber Band Car Racing – 2014
Creating Content 101 – 2014
FoxGives Volunteers – 2014
Homeless Kids Get Creative – 2013
Create a City Now – 2013
Awakening the Inner Goddess – 2012
Abused Kids Excited by Filmmaking – 2012
Photography Workshop for Orange County Youth – 2012
Happy Endings – 2012
Debra Wilson Brings Fun Times To Homeless Shelter – 2011
Exploring Life Through Painting – 2011
Graphic & Web Design Helps Substance Abusers – 2011
Incarcerated Girls Find Relief Through Arts – 2009-2010
Troubled Girls Open Up Through Arts – 2010
Arts Calm Down Teens – 2010
Fine Art Inspires Foster Kids – 2010
Girls’ Detention Facility – Your Donations at Work – 2009
Women’s Shelter of Long Beach – 2010

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.

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