Create Now
Create Now gives youth opportunities to find their voices through arts mentoring and education. We especially serve children ages 2-21 who have been abused, neglected, homeless, domestic violence victims, incarcerated, etc. by matching them with artists, writers, musicians, actors, dancers and others. Create Now provides training and materials to implement therapeutic programs in music, writing, visual arts, dance, fashion and more at 100+ partner agencies, like shelters and group homes.

Each year, we also bring thousands of these forgotten children who have fallen through the cracks to concerts, plays and other cultural events at premiere venues in the region. We have reached 36,000 of the neediest youth in Southern California during the last 20 years.


Create Now

(213) 747-2777


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Arts et Cultures


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Le mercredi 27 avril 2016 19:50

Laughter is the Best Medicine

The holiday season is a very challenging time for the abandoned, neglected, abused and orphaned children that we serve. These kids yearn for their families and they feel sad and depressed. 

Thanks to a grant from the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation, along with the California Community Foundation, we provided 14 children at Hillsides in Pasadena with a six-week Improv Theatre workshop. 

Led by Kat Palardy and Patrick Buetow, the classes gave them a lot to laugh about during this difficult time.
The kids pretended to be dinosaurs in a park, lawyers visiting a car museum and much more so their imaginations were stretched and their stress released by our therapeutic Improv Theatre program.

Michael Machado, a special ed teacher at Hillside's middle school stated, "We've had other theatrical programs here, but none were as engaging as this one."
Librarian Sherri Ginsberg remarked, "We've never heard so much laughter in the library!"
Le mercredi 27 avril 2016 19:49

Cultural Journeys

Every year, we organize cultural excursions for thousands of the most vulnerable kids in the region through our Artistic Journeys program. These include visits to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy Museum, the Hollywood Bowl, Cirque du Soleil and many other premiere venues. 

For most of the children that Create Now serves, it's their first time going to a live performance or museum. Because of the abuse and trauma they have had to endure, they're often afraid to venture out into the world.  

These troubled kids also feel self-conscious and fearful that they won't fit in with everyone else. Yet the therapists, social workers, probation officers, teachers and other staff at the partner agencies in our network tell us that after attending our Artistic Journeys field trips, their youth are more focused and able to concentrate longer. They want to explore more of the world they live in, especially cultural opportunities.

We ask the kids to create thank you cards and letters, which teaches them to express their appreciation and to develop their creativity. At the same time, our ticket donors are able to see the impact of their contributions first-hand. 

Thank you to the Brown Miller Group, Cirque du Soleil, Geffen Playhouse, Grammy Museum, House of Blues, Hudson Theatre, iPalpiti Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles Ballet, MUSE/IQUE, the Pasadena Playhouse, ProSearch Strategies, Road Theatre, the Skirball Cultural Center, Sold Out Crowd, Ringling Brothers Circus, Theatre West and UCLA for their generosity! 
Le mercredi 27 avril 2016 19:49

Ending Poverty

26.7% of the children in Los Angeles live in poverty, which can lead to homelessness and violence. These kids have a higher rate of absenteeism and dropouts. For the last two years, Create Now has been collaborating with the Youth Policy Institute (YPI) to end this cycle by providing our programs in East Hollywood and Pacoima through the LA Promise Neighborhood initiative, which is sponsored by the Department of Education.

We're proud that for the next three years, YPI has selected Create Now to be a partner in their LA Promise Neighborhood initiative to implement three programs. One of them is a 12-week Pre-Kinder class called "Ready to Learn" that is taking place at the Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School in East Hollywood where only 30% of the students are proficient in English. 64% of these kids are English Language Learners. Create Now is helping 3-year-old and 4-year-old children to learn how to read by keeping a steady beat through music, thanks to our wonderful teaching artist Molly White.

Research in Science Daily proves that music and reading are related via common neural and cognitive mechanisms. An awareness of beats can influence the way young children assimilate speech patterns, which could affect their reading and writing abilities. Another study at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center reveals that a child's ability to distinguish musical rhythm is related to his or her capacity for understanding grammar. Additional studies show that pre-primary literacy is a building-block for success during subsequent stages of schooling, and a critical step to ending extreme poverty.

Molly is teaching 92 children how to keep a steady beat by using rattles, drums and other tools. They sing special songs that use rhythm, while also learning about numbers and shapes. Teacher Ms. Montages reports, "The kids are extremely engaged. I hear them singing the songs they learned all day long. They vocalize the up and down sounds of a circle as they trace one in the sky. They so look forward to Ms. Molly's class." Ms. Montages has been receiving feedback from parents that their children are talking about the music classes at home and singing the songs.
Molly is also delighted. "This week, I introduced rhythm patterns with combinations of different notes. For example, four eighth notes and two quarter notes. Many of the children are now able to listen to my directions and perform the rhythms using our beautiful drums and percussion instruments. They play as a little orchestra, almost all together! They have become good listeners, allowing for a few quiet moments with opened ears and big smiles. They show their appreciation with hugs at the end of class."  
Le mercredi 27 avril 2016 19:48

Vista Del Mar Arts Programs

Create Now has been providing a variety of arts programs to Vista Del Mar for over eleven years. This residential facility located near Culver City has been serving abused, neglected, abandoned and orphaned youth for more than 100 years. Most of these teens are dealing with severe emotional and behavioral disorders and are at high-risk of hurting themselves and others. 

They are rated Level 12 and Level 14 by the DCFS. Vista Del Mar is one of only two facilities in the State of California that is qualified to handle these tough cases. If they can't help these children, then the kids need to be institutionalized in a locked-down mental health hospital. Around 60% will end up homeless later in their lives.  

Over the years, we have implemented workshops there in Jewelry, Improv, Screenwriting, Zines, Create a Mural Now, Intro to Art, and Cultural Journeys. The kids especially love our Dance workshop, which is taught by Kat Palardy.

Mirilia, age 16, remarked, "I come from a bad home, but the dance classes have kept me distracted from all the negative activity that I've been through. It brings light into my life!"

Kat exclaimed, "I learn a lot from the kids. You need stuff like this."  

Our Writing workshop, taught by Kaitlyn Hybl, is also popular. She starts the teens off writing free-style, which brings up a lot of emotions. Then she leads them in fun games that have them roaring with laughter. For instance, they have to create stories by using every letter of the alphabet in chronological order. 

Kaitlyn shares, "We do a lot of team bonding exercises. I want to expand our workshop into songwriting."

Rehab Specialist Lionel Ruff explained, "Most people aren't familiar with what these kids go through in terms of abuse. This writing class helps them channel their emotions positively so they can be productive members of society."

Karen Vines, a long-term Rehab Specialist said, "Volunteers from Create Now help give the shy kids a boost and make them feel welcome. It shows them there are people out there who care about them that don't get paid to care." 

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