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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: "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 this fun workshop that took place all day 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.



Featured Program: "FoxGives Volunteers"

We're delighted that 30 volunteers from Twentieth Century Fox Studios who are part of a group called FoxGives contributed their time on Saturday, March 1st to help 30 emotionally-disturbed teenagers to create "zines" (short for magazines) at Vista Del Mar in Culver City.

These youth have severe emotional and behavioral disorders, many due to abuse and neglect. They joined FoxGives volunteers in learning how to design their own small zines with their writing and artwork. The kids also got to print the covers of their zines on a simple printing press. Artist Cynthia Navarro gave them copies of zines that teach them how to make their own printing presses at home. She will print these zines on a special printer and return on April 12th to give the youth their bound copies of zines.

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Read about some of our recent Featured Programs

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.