We help youth find their voices
through arts mentoring and education.
Total Youth Served
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Founded in 1996, Create Now serves children from infancy to 24 through arts programs in many disciplines.
We focus our efforts on kids who have been abused, neglected, orphaned, made homeless, incarcerated or experiencing other severe challenges – the “forgotten children.”
We have reached more than 42,000 of the most vulnerable youth in Southern California over the last 21 years.
Create Now’s programming focuses on eight main areas
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As the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, we feel grateful for all that life has to offer. However, not everyone is fortunate. Did you know there are 63,000 homeless children in Los Angeles? This season, Create Now is feeling appreciative for the the opportunity to...
We're delighted that one of the top music production companies, audio machine, 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...
Los Angeles is called the "Gang Capital of America." There are120,000 gang members, plus tens of thousands more in the surrounding areas around L.A. County. Gang membership has increased over the last five years. There were 16,398 violent gang crimes in the City of...
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...
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...
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...
California ranks among the lowest states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) because of the high number of English learners. Create Now strives to help disadvantaged students in Title 1 schools through our popular writing program, From...
Watts is one of the poorestcommunities in Los Angeles. It has the highest percentage of families headed by a single parent, and one of the largest concentrations of gangs in Los Angeles County. Kimberly McKinney is a probation officer at Nickerson Gardens and Imperial...
Every year, we organize artistic excursions for thousands of the most vulnerable kids in the region through our Cultural Journeys program. Recently, The Chainsmokers gave Create Now tickets for 30 homeless youth from Covenant House and the LGBT Youth Center to see...
Create Now held our Power of the Arts Party on Saturday, December 3rd. There were around 25 disadvantaged children ages 4-12 from the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts, Over 2,000 units are in this poverty-stricken, gang-infested public housing project - the...