Create Now is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1996 that helps vulnerable children ages 0-24 through arts programs in all disciplines. We especially target kids who have been abused, neglected, homeless, on probation, incarcerated and dealing with other major challenges. We also teach comprehensive programs to disadvantaged students in Title 1 and charter schools who receive minimal or zero arts education. 


In addition, Create Now produces arts festivals, which enable youth in low-income communities to shine as they share their talents at an Open Mic Talent Show, make fun arts and crafts projects, enjoy face painting, balloon artistry and so much more.

Another hallmark Create Now program is Cultural Journeys.  We bring thousands of these "forgotten children" who have fallen through the cracks, to concerts, plays and other cultural events at premiere venues in the region throughout the year. We have directly reached 40,000 of the most troubled youth in Southern California during the last 20 years.


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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