We empower youth through arts education and mentoring.
Total Youth Served
Create Now is spreading the healing power of the arts to fight against the negative effects of Covid-19. Thanks to our volunteers, we’re providing free sessions in music, dance, guitar and more every Friday through May 29! Click here to see some previous sessions on YouTube.
Here’s the schedule for our Instagram Live sessions on Friday, May 22: 2:00pm – “Breath” with Kristen Ajax, 3:00pm – “Drawing” with Stefan, and 5:00pm – “Artist Showcase” with Cristina Jimenez.
If you represent a youth agency in Los Angeles County and adjacent Counties, Create Now is hosting private Zoom classes where students can interact with our artists in a safe environment. Contact Lola Kate to register – or if you would like to volunteer to teach the arts: email@example.com.
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
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's volunteers are Taking Over to provide FREE sessions and performances for kids and adults in music, dance, writing and much more EVERY FRIDAY starting April 10 from 12:00-6:30pm. Check out the schedule below for more details, plus Instagram and Facebook...
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 group home in Rosemead made...
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...
On any given night in Los Angeles, more than 2,300 transition-age youth (TAY) experience homelessness. Ages 18-24, most have been abused, neglected, orphaned, and left to fend for themselves on the streets. They often lack social and life skills, any goals and...