We empower youth through arts education and mentoring.

Total Youth Served

Tim Cook on Create Now

Rated the “Best Charity to Donate to in Los Angeles” by GreatNonprofits.

During Covid-19, Create Now is providing therapeutic arts programs to the most vulnerable kids in the community. Through Zoom, we’ve recently taught Cooking classes to teens who face homelessness at an emergency shelter near DTLA. Young children in the same situation learned arts and crafts at LA Family Housing. Teenage foster girls at Crittenton group home in Fullerton learned Photography, while Havaianas sponsored two programs where kids received their flip flops and arts supplies to decorate their own sandals, along with a Capoeira workshop for homeless 18-24 year-olds at S.P.Y. in Venice. In addition, young mothers who have aged out of foster care at Aviva Center learned creative writing and also textile design through Block Shop.

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 has been distributing thousands of masks, sanitizers, formula, diapers, toys, Easter baskets, clothing – even a baby grand piano 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 through arts programs in music, fashion, writing, performance, digital media – ALL the arts!

Through Cultural Journeys, each year we bring thousands of youth to concerts, museums, circuses, plays and unique events at premier venues.

We reach kids who live in under-resourced communities and especially focus on youth who face abuse, neglect, abandonment,  being orphaned, homeless, incarcerated, and similar challenges.

Create Now has reached almost 50,000 of the most vulnerable youth in Southern California since 1996. We offically turn 25 years-old on October 26, 2021 and will celebrate this milestone at our 25th Anniversary Benefit on April 23, 2022. Stay tuned for more details.

Arts Programs

Create Now’s programming focuses on eight main areas


“Musically Speaking” at Rowan Avenue Elementary School

Create a Show

Arts for Skid Row Kids

Culinary Arts

Highlighted Programs

What People Say

“Two of my teenage girls on probation fell in love with dance after Create Now gave us tickets to see the Los Angeles Ballet. They took classes and then taught ballet to some little girls in our housing projects, who now all want to be ballerinas based on what the older girls do.”
Kimberly McKinney,
Probation Officer, Watts Housing Projects
“Some of our kids deal with high anxiety and different forms of abuse at home. This acting workshop is bringing out a lot of their talents that usually lie dormant. It’s fun and lighthearted and lets them show off their talents like singing, dancing and acting.”
Lionel Ruff,
Youth Counselor, Vista Del Mar
“Partnering with Create Now provides truly individualized and engaging arts instruction to our students. We’ve noticed a remarkable change in them, including an increase in confidence and an awakening of the possibilities outside of the realm of the classroom.”
Mallory Barnes,
Regional Director of Strategic Partnerships, Aspire Charter Schools
“This class is the highlight of the year! I’ve never been so confident in myself, or so committed to something in my life, not even video games.”
student at Vaughan Middle School
I have been leading a Journalism Workshop for teenage girls at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, for almost three years now. To say it has changed my life is an understatement. I love the mentoring work I do so much that I want to — need to — find a way to do it full-time. It’s amazing what you get when you give.
- Holly Richmond
Former Writer/Editor, / “Seventeen,” now in Masters program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Santa Barbara
Here at the shelter, we can fill the gaps in our youths’ basic needs, but the more important gaps that help them find themselves as individuals and grow as young adults come from the experiences and mentorship provided by selfless and enthusiastic organizations like Create Now and its vibrant team of dedicated individuals.
-Federico Bustamente
Outreach and Activities Coordinator, Casa Libre Youth Shelter
I happened to run into the mother of Daniel, one of the boys that I’m working with at Camp David Gonzalez. She told me that Daniel talked about me and our class every week with great enthusiasm. She was absolutely thrilled that he was asking for books and wanted to read more.
- Glenda Shaw
Writer/Producer, / "Leeza Gibbons" and "Montel"

Honors & Awards

Create Now is proud to be recognized by these distinguished organizations.

association of corporate counsel SOCAL
association of corporate counsel SOCAL
association of corporate counsel SOCAL
British Council
Volunteer Service Organization