Create Audio

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We're delighted that one of the top music production companies, audiomachine, has been very supportive of Create Now for the past two years. Now they're also sponsoring our new Create Audio program.  

This 20-week workshop began in August and takes place at our recording studio. Eight youth, ages 18-22, who have aged out of the foster system are learning how to write, create, record, and produce music. These kids, who are dealing with major challenges, are honing the skills required to have a career in the music industry so they can fulfill their dreams.

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Audiomachine has built Create Now a second, smaller studio consisting of the latest equipment, programs, and software. This enables our students to practice in-between their classes. Paul Dinletir (the co-owner of this wonderful music company) remarked, "The energy and enthusiasm that these young adults have to learn and create is incredibly inspiring. I'm thrilled to watch their work and the program develop as the year unfolds. Very exciting!" 

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The workshop is led by head engineer, Michael Evans, Jr. (aka Mic), a long-time apprentice and assistant to Grammy award-winning producer and engineer Neil Pogue (who will be a guest artist). The program is organized and co-taught by entrepreneur, artist and activist Jhamasa Noel Lewis-Adams. She also serves as an advocate for foster youth.   

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Other guest teachers include Cliff Frazier, Gabe Rosales, Debra Wilson, and vocalist Olivia Walker. In addition, Paul Dinletir, Kevin Rix and Steffan Koch from audiomachine will share their experiences as volunteers in the program.

The students are learning how to use different tools, make drum patterns, write verses related to hooks, and so much more! We arranged for them to go on a Cultural Journey to the Grammy Museum where the kids had a fantastic time.  

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Ana exclaimed, "I would love to create music for the rest of my life. I want the world to know who I am, what I'm about, and what I've been through."  

We're excited to see these young adults flourish as they build skills that will help them to break into the music industry to pursue their dreams. We really look forward to supporting them on this journey. Create Now is especially grateful to audiomachine for making this program possible.

Power of the Arts Festival

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On August 12th, Create Now produced another Power of the Arts Festival at Venice Hope Park, right across from our facility. More than 60 low-income kids of all ages came with their families and chaperones from Whittier, Watts and our DTLA neighborhood (near the Convention Center and STAPLES). They sang, played instruments and danced for an enthusiastic public crowd. The children interacted with Spiderman and Ariel the Mermaid. They loved the drum circle and creating fun arts projects.   

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Every youth got to select a toy or age-appropriate gift from a large variety of prizes. Disadvantaged families won raffle prizes, such as diapers and new shoes for their kids. Not only did the children enjoy getting to select from a variety of balloon art, but some of the Ballet Folklorico dancers have been hired by our face painting artists to perform at their upcoming wedding! Thanks to all of our volunteers for helping with our event. We couldn't have done it without you! 

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If you're interested in sponsoring a Power of the Arts Festival at a location near you, please contact Ruby Medina at: (213) 747-2777 x 3, or email: ruby@createnow.org.

Summer Arts for Needy Kids

The St. Francis Center is a food pantry for homeless and low-income families. They provide free showers, clothing and more to the neediest people in our DTLA neighborhood.

For the past three summers, they've hired Create Now to implement fun arts projects for 15-20 children ages 5-14. The kids had a blast making puppets with Lisa Friedman. They explored the abstract art of Matisse with Krysten Cunningham, then made their own original art.

The kids really enjoyed playing with actor Derrel Maury as they learned the history of acting and engaged in a variety of improv games.

Thanks to the St. Francis Center and Dan Murphy Foundation for making this summer camp possible for these disadvantaged children, who very much appreciated it.

Music For Young Children

Beth Sussman taught Musically Speaking to all the second-grade students (103 children) during 10 sessions at Rowan Avenue Elementary School in East Los Angeles, thanks to a grant from the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund. She guided the kids in fun, interactive games that included singing, dancing and

School principal Margarita Gutierrez remarked, "This program enriched our students' abilities to process language and build on vocabulary and foundational skills. Create Now is an amazing asset."

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Another music program took place at Urban Compass, which supports low-income children in Watts with programs to keep them safe. Create Now provided 20 pre-kinder children ages 3-5 with our Ready to Learn steady beat workshop, and they loved it!

Taught in just four classes by Kristen Herbert, these kids learned how to play musical instruments and sing as they bonded with their parents, who were given special training. One mother exclaimed, "My son wants to sing all the time now, and his spoken English has improved."

Thanks to the Jubilation Foundation and Tides Foundation for helping to make this program possible.

Check out this short video about our Ready to Learn program at Urban Compass.