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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: "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."


Featured Program: Creating Content 101

"Content" is a media industry term, which represents information and experiences for audiences that take many forms. Examples include books, screenplays, art, videos and music. Most youth that Create Now serves have no idea of the many processes it takes to develop their favorite TV shows and video games. They assume the actors and singers magically generate the content themselves and then perform it on the spot.

Volunteer Rebecca Reese, owner of R Creative, a media marketing agency, conceptualizes, develops and executes short-form programming and on-air promos for networks and studios. She initiated two fun all-day workshops that taught youth how to generate original content for the media. The first one took place on June 14th at the Create Now office. Six foster youth from three group homes (Maryvale, Bayfront and Vista Del Mar) learned how to create their own content. Story was the theme of the day.


Read about some of our recent Featured Programs

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.