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Visual Arts Program

"A picture tells a thousand stories," is very true for the troubled youth that we serve. Through drawing, painting, collages, photography, graphic and web design, high-risk youth can find release from their traumatic experiences by using the visual arts for expression. At the end of the programs, the kids have lasting souvenirs that they can share with their families and friends. We provide them with opportunities to publicly exhibit and sell their artwork.

Featured Program: "Homeless Youth Create Positive Perceptions"

One in five foster youth are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender). Suicide is the leading cause of death amongst these adolescents.

A new Creating Content 101 workshop took place at the Youth Center on Highland, which is part of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Nine students learned how to star in and shoot their own videos with help from Rebecca Reese of the R Creative marketing agency and her team of creative coaches.

The youth, ages 18-24, learned how to write, act, shoot, direct, edit and create artwork for a short film called, "I Am" about their perception of others, and the perceptions that others have of them.

Renée Bever, the Youth Education Coordinator remarked, "The youth really, really liked it! They felt special and cared for, and couldn't stop talking about it."


Featured Program: "Formula-E" Rubber Band Car Racing"

Three Industrial Design grad students, Garrett Dobbs, Joe Kane and Gary Cheung from Art Center College of Design, mentored a group of foster boys ages 11-18 years old in drawing and building their own cars. This event took place at Create Now's office downtown on July 13th where these abused, neglected, abandoned and orphaned kids learned innovative engineering techniques, and then had fun racing their handmade cars using rubber bands!

The LeRoy Haynes Recreation Coordinator Lorenzo noted, "This exposes them to how science can be fun. Also, the boys bonded. They live in the same cottage, but don't always like the same things. In addition to the workshop, they were playing with your drums and guitars. That opened up new friendships, or added to them."


Read about some of our recent Featured Programs

Creating Content 101 FoxGives Volunteers
Homeless Kids Get Creative
Create a City Now
Awakening the Inner Goddess
Abused Kids Excited by Filmmaking
Photography Workshop for Orange County Youth
Happy Endings
Debra Wilson Brings Fun Times To Homeless Shelter
Exploring Life Through Painting
Graphic & Web Design Helps Substance Abusers
Incarcerated Girls Find Relief Through Arts
Troubled Girls Open Up Through Arts
Arts Calm Down Teens
Fine Art Inspires Foster Kids
Girls’ Detention Facility - Your Donations at Work
Women's Shelter of Long Beach

Special thanks to the supporters of our visual arts program

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Department of Cultural Affairs.