We empower youth through arts education and mentoring.
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We’re proud to work with groups like @CreateNow, who are bringing amazing opportunities to kids who don’t get them often enough. From music to painting and graphic design, loved seeing what these gifted and passionate young artists are creating! pic.twitter.com/NZJBE2CnAN
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 24, 2021
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.
Create Now’s programming focuses on eight main areas
“Musically Speaking” at Rowan Avenue Elementary School
Create a Show
Arts for Skid Row Kids
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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...
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...