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During Covid-19, Create Now is providing therapeutic arts programs to the most vulnerable kids in the community. Through Zoom, we’re currently teaching Culinary classes to teens who face homelessness at a shelter near DTLA. Teenage foster girls at Crittenton group home in Fullerton are learning Photography, while a Fashion Design workshop for teenage foster youth in Hollywood will begin soon, along with other arts programs.
Many of these “forgotten children” who have fallen through the cracks have PTSD due to abuse and neglect. They need our support now more than ever. In addition, our team is distributing thousands of masks, sanitizers, formula, diapers, clothing and more to the most disadvantaged families.
We can’t do this without your support. Every dollar makes a difference. Please give generously to help save lives through the healing power of the arts. Click here to donate online.
Founded on October 26, 1996, Create Now serves children and young adults from ages 3 to 24 (Transitional Age Youth) through arts programs in music, fashion, writing, performance, visual arts, digital media and culinary arts.
Through Cultural Journeys, each year we bring thousands of youth to concerts, museums, circuses, plays and unique events at premier venues.
We reach at-risk children from low-income families and focus on homeless and foster youth who have faced abuse and neglect or been orphaned, and those kids dealing with homelessness, incarceration and similar challenges – the “forgotten children.”
Create Now has reached 49,000+ of the most vulnerable youth in Southern California during the last 24 years.
Create Now’s programming focuses on eight main areas
“Musically Speaking” at Rowan Avenue Elementary School
Create a Show
Arts for Skid Row Kids
Block Shop generously donated printing kits to single mothers and their kids at Wallis House. Operated by Aviva Family and Children’s Services in Hollywood, they provide bridge housing for transitional-aged women between the ages of 18 and 24 and their children who...
Havaianas has been a great partner of Create Now and our “Art from the Sole” program provided through Zoom on December 12 was no exception! Through their support, youth facing challenges from Angel’s Flight Shelter, Penny Lane Centers, Koreatown Youth and Community...
While Los Angeles is one of the most affluent cities in the world, at the beginning of 2020 it was estimated that 17,000 children were homeless. Even more young people are expected to become homeless due to the COVID pandemic. LAHSA Executive Director Heidi Marston...
Create Now’s Arts and Crafts program at LA Family Housing has been provided virtually, but that doesn’t mean the kids missed out on any of the fun! Our volunteer Kelle Meschede helped the students make their craft projects over Zoom. LAFH staff member Lesem Puerto was...
Create Now volunteers Ali Clarke from the Food Network and Santos Loo hosted a virtual cooking course for teenagers facing homelessness at the Angels Flight Youth Shelter near downtown LA. Through this four-week course, students learned kitchen basics, like knife...
Teenage foster girls living at Crittenton Services in Fullerton really enjoyed Create Now's Photography workshop taught by Robin Laananen. She travels extensively with bands to shoot photos for Rolling Stone, Universal Music Group, and other music publications,...
Create Now wants to send a huge ‘Thank You’ to our supporters who have generously supported our mission to bring therapeutic arts programs to youth-in-need. We would especially like to thank the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the Stranahan Foundation, the...
Our auction has closed and we want to thank everyone who was involved through donations and bids! We raised nearly $1000 and we're excited to put that money to good use in 2021! Here's more info about the auction that was held. Bid on fantastic items and...
In addition to producing different arts workshops, Create Now distributes free materials that reach the most disadvantaged kids in the region. Many families are suffering from Covid-19, plus lack of employment. Through the support of our partners and donors,...
Unfortunately, this year kids aren't able to go trick-or-treating for Halloween. Luckily, disadvantaged children and teenagers living at the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts are still able to enjoy Halloween thanks to students and families at the...