Join us on Dec. 5 for a Virtual Sip & Paint!


Create Now empowers youth through arts education and mentoring. We’ve reached 49,000+ young people ages 3-24 who are challenged by poverty, abuse, neglect, incarceration, or left orphaned and homeless. We produce a variety of workshops in music, dance, writing, photography, fashion… all the arts.

Disadvantaged kids in schools also take our comprehensive classes in guitar, visual arts, writing and STEAM, plus we bring thousands of families each year to concerts, plays, Cirque du Soleil and more through our Cultural Journeys program. Create Now’s annual Power of the Arts Festivals, talent shows and mural projects are a big hit with youngsters.



Have a blast while exploring your creativity, bidding in our auction, enjoying drinks, and making new friends. Join us for a fun time as you engage in several arts projects. Do one, or all, and you’re welcome to just hang out.

  Kids’ Stuff (for Grownups, too): Enjoy making puppets out of materials you have at home, and those Create Now will provide.

Adults: Make a “Contra Drawing,” and then paint a still-life with arts supplies from Create Now.

  Bid on fabulous items and services – just in time for the holidays! We’ll send notices to your loved ones (if requested) to ensure they know about the upcoming arrival of your gifts.
  Meet:   Amazing artists, like our host actor/comedian Debra Wilson, along with artists J. Michael Walker and Brian Yanish, and Create Now’s alumnus, writer/comedian Tasha Caufield. Party as you connect with like-minded people.


WHEN: Saturday, December 5, 2020

5:00-6:00pm Meet Debra Wilson, and then talented artist Brian Yanish as he guides you through turning small boxes (like those for tissues) into puppets that you can decorate and play with for hours of fun, or use for storing your favorite things.
6:00-7:00pm Meet our terrific sponsors, and also Tasha Caufield, who after being in nine juvenile detention facilities from ages 12-14  turned her life around. Bid on our wonderful auction items, and feel uplifted by photos and videos of kids enjoying Create Now’s arts programs.
7:00-8:00pm Create a “Contra Drawing” where you will draw an object without looking at your pencil and paper. You’ll then paint a still-life with help from artist J. Michael Walker.
8:00-9:00 PARTY on Zoom. We’ll have break-out rooms where you can gather in small groups to virtually mingle. We’ll switch every 15 minutes so you can connect with new people.

WHO: Meet our Artists

  Host Debra Wilson was the longest-running cast member during eight seasons on the sketch comedy show MAD-TV. She starred in Over the Hedge and numerous indie films and TV shows. Debra is a top voice-over actor on movies, TV shows and video games. She was featured in Avatar and is currently the announcer on NBC’s The Weakest Link.
  Artist Brian Yanish has presented STEAM workshops and interactive building experiences to K-6 students at schools around the world and designed content and events for Sesame Workshop, Whole Foods, Seventh Generation, American Museum of Natural History and the Skirball Museum. Learn more at scrapkins.com.
  Artist J. Michael Walker has work in the collections of the Museum of Latin American Art, the Autry Museum, the Smithsonian, the Arkansas Arts Center, UCLA, and UCSB. He’s had solo shows at the Mexican Cultural Institute, Harvard University’s Rockefeller Center, and the National Folk Museum of Mexico City; and participated in over 120 group exhibitions in the US, Mexico, and South Korea. Visit jmichaelwalker.com
  Writer/Comedian Tasha Caufield ran away from an abusive home between the ages 12-14 and was in nine juvenile detention facilities. After participating in a Create Now TV Writing workshop with additional support, Tasha graduated from USC Film School, performed standup around the U.S., produced and directed a documentary feature, published five books, and she’s a real estate agent! Watch this short video about Tasha and visit her website: tashacaufield.com.


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Contact Create Now Founder and CEO Jill Gurr at (213) 747-2777 or jill@createnow.org for information.