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 Kids Get Creative"
L.A. Family Housing is a transitional living shelter in North Hollywood with 140 children whose families have been left homeless. These kids have experienced the harsh realities of poverty by being forced to sleep on the streets, in cars and at emergency shelters. Most homeless children suffer physical, emotional and psychological damage from the upheaval in their lives. They have a higher incidence of mental illness and score poorly in academics.
These kids are starving for the arts and Create Now is delighted to give them this therapeutic outlet thanks to our summer intern Vanessa Crawford. She's volunteering to teach a 10-week Introduction to Art workshop that uses arts and crafts projects so that children can learn about composition, materials, color and other basic elements of visual arts.
Vanessa explained, "The first project we did focused on using clay that was molded onto wooden boards to create new shapes and textures. Some of the kids had never used clay before so it was an exciting opportunity where I could teach them basic techniques. Then we used paint to add details and vibrant colors to the wooden boards, and glue for extra decorations like plastic jewels. It was a very open project designed to let the children explore a variety of mediums.
Featured Program: "Create A City Now"
Create Now has partnered with Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre program MPOWR. We're providing four sessions that focus on healthy living by using recyclable materials at two schools: James Madison Middle School in North Hollywood with teaching artist Anne Baumgarten, and Compton Elementary School located in Watts with teaching artist Ryan Bolton.
We're very excited about our newest program: Create A City Now. Groups of students are collaborating to design their own cities with discarded supplies. They're learning about ecology, architecture, city planning and politics. This project also prevents bullying and builds teamwork.
Rudy, age 13, remarked, "I have been noticing things about L.A. that I never thought of before, like how buildings are shaped and how many cars their are. This city is going to be like a better L.A. where everything is nicer and healthier. I wish my home was like this."
Read about some of our recent Featured Programs
Vulnerable Kids Paint Troubles Away
Sony Pictures Emerging Professionals
Awakening the Inner Goddess
Painting Gangs Away
Abused Kids Excited by Filmmaking
Compton Kids Paint Mural on Conservation
Photography Workshop for Orange County Youth
Debra Wilson Brings Fun Times To Homeless Shelter
Exploring Life Through Painting
Graphic & Web Design Helps Substance Abusers
Lennox Park Community Mural A Big Success
Incarcerated Girls Find Relief Through Arts
Troubled Girls Open Up Through Arts
Arts Calm Down Teens
A Jungle Story
Fine Art Inspires Foster Kids
Girls’ Detention Facility - Your Donations at Work
Create Now Youth Give Peace a Chance
Women's Shelter of Long Beach