We empower youth through arts education and mentoring.
Total Youth Served
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 in 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 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
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...
Since May, Create Now has been providing fun arts classes to youth living at foster group homes, shelters, transitional-living facilities and housing projects throughout the region. Many of these children are forced to deal with the impact of trauma from abuse,...
Accomplished musician Charles Rojas recently volunteered to teach a guitar workshop at A Community of Friends, which houses low-income and homeless residents with the goal of healing those with mental and physical illnesses. As is typical, one teenager started guitar...
Located in Hollywood, Aviva Center’s Wallis House is a residence for up to 42 transitional-aged women (18-24 years-old) and their children who are experiencing homelessness. Most of these young ladies have aged out of the foster care system. From July 9-September 2,...
Ricardo Ortega and his siblings were separated in foster care for over four years. During November 2015, he was living at a group home for teenage foster boys. Ricardo attended a Create Now event called "Only in Hollywood" held at LA Film School. There he met our...
My career was in the entertainment industry for many years as a script supervisor. I led an exciting life, traveling all over the world on film productions with A-list talent. In 1991, I worked on two films that changed my life. Menace II Society was about Black Lives...
Brenijia Barnes lives at the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts, CA. As a 17 year-old high school senior, she can add grantee to her growing list of accomplishments. When Brenijia was 12, we began connecting her with arts programming and cultural events...
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...