Create Now is firmly against racism, oppression and inequality in all its forms. Click here to read the Solidarity Statement by our Board of Directors.
Create Now is making a difference in the community thanks to your support. We’ve launched interactive Zoom classes in visual arts, dance, arts and crafts, even magic! Our meetings with industry pros for foster youth and homeless young people in Los Angeles and Orange Counties are making a difference. Click here to learn more.
We have distributed over a thousand masks, plus diapers, soaps, shampoo and baby formula to families in need through Baby2Baby and volunteers. Create Now bought arts supplies and activity books for young children living in transitional-living homes with help from US Bank.
We can’t do all 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, or send a check to: Create Now, Inc., 1611 S. Hope Street, #E, Los Angeles, CA 90015.
We empower youth through arts education and mentoring.
Total Youth Served
Founded in 1996, Create Now serves children and young adults from ages 3 to 24 with 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 more than 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
Thanks to support from the St. Francis Center food pantry, Create Now provided 20 disadvantaged children who live in our DTLA neighborhood with a four-day Summer Arts Camp for the fifth year. Brian Yanish taught fun arts and crafts projects made from repurposed...
Create Now is grateful to our volunteers for donating masks, soaps and sanitizers - Sophia Shin, Elizabeth Keenan, Jay Shin, and open. that are appreciated by the families we serve. Baby2Baby has been especially generous, contributing thousands of diapers, soaps,...
While all of us are staying safe at home, thousands of youth in Southern California have no homes to stay in, nor families to comfort them during the Covid-19 pandemic. They’re forced to live in shelters, group homes, detention centers and transitional living...
Create Now has temporarily stopped our Fashion Design classes at Maryvale in Rosemead and Hillsides in Pasadena (foster group homes) sponsored by the GO Campaign because of Covid-19, but the teenage foster girls living at Maryvale made tremendous progress after just...
Last year, Create Now brought 2,290 youth on our Cultural Journeys program! They got to experience amazing performances, like Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna and also Corteo, the iPalpiti Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall, J. Balvin, and a variety of concerts at the...
Thanks to the California Arts Council for honoring Create Now with a grant from their Youth Arts Action initiative. Through their support, we provided 35 at-risk students at Logan Elementary and Middle School in Echo Park with our “Create a Show” performing arts...
Thanks to L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis for sponsoring two of Create Now’s early education music programs that use steady beat. Research proves that teaching a young child how to keep a steady beat impacts neural and cognitive mechanisms, which accelerates...
Thanks to a donation from US Bank, Create Now hosted our 7th Annual Holiday Party. 50+ kids of all ages from the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Watts, at-risk youth from Highland Park, plus runaway and homeless teenagers from the Angel's Flight emergency shelter...
Our partner Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row is a temporary shelter for 150-180 children. Facing homelessness is a struggle for youth. They often feel anxious and stressed when living under such difficult circumstances. Studies reveal these kids have higher levels of...
Logan Elementary/Middle School is located in Echo Park. 90% of the students are Hispanic and 89% are from low-income families. Test scores at this school fall far below the state average. These students are making less academic progress from one grade to the next...