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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Arts Services

Mission: The mission of CREATE Arts Center is to foster creativity, skill development, self expression and enjoyment in the arts. We believe art promotes growth, learning, and healing, as well as confidence and self esteem. An important part of our mission is to improve the lives of underserved, at-risk populations in the community through arts opportunities.

Geographic areas served: Washington DC metropolitan area, downtown Silver Spring, MD

Programs: Summer & Winter Arts Camp, Classes for children and adults, Workshops, Birthday Parties, Studio Downstairs Art Therapy Program

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Create five years ago for the summer camp and loved it. I came back several times, and now I take weekly art classes here. I have greatly improved my technique, and I feel like I learn something new every time I come here. My teacher Heena has been a great help, and she clearly is very educated and skilled in the field.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a really fun time both doing art and talking and laughing. We also learned a lot about art.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going to Create for seven years. it is a wonderful place to be. Everyone there is really into the work they are doing and it is a great environment. The teachers have a lot they share with us and every median we work with is a lot of fun. We learn technique and practice these skills.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

At create arts i learned a lot. When I took the drawing class i learned about shading and a lot about proportion. In the painting class im taking now im learning about what makes a good composition and about mixing colors.And the teachers are really nice. They're very supportive and will always help you if you need it.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Taking classes at create has not only helped me become better at my art but better at understanding others.During class we not only learn new things about art but also learn about each other no matter what age we are.I enjoyed taking something that wasn't all that interesting and making it interesting by using different angles and perspectives.I think that create was really a great experience.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with create has been really fun. When I come I have fun and learn different art techniques. I like that every one is really friendly and every one is an amazing artist from cartoonists to painters to sculptors.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The experience I'm having are great. I really like the projects that we do and all the people are fun. In Create Arts I get to express myself in a visual way that is comfortable for me to do. I feel that Create Art is a great place.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter has taken classes at CREATE for six years. The classes have been well-suited to her interests at different age levels and she now really enjoys a class for preteen and teen girls. It has a great balance between working on art technique at higher levels and a relaxed atmosphere that allows the girls to talk while they work, which she really likes. As a board member, I really appreciate CREATE's outreach programs, especially the smARTkids program for at risk youth. We get great feedback from the school where we offer this program -- just recently one of a student's regular teachers expressed amazement that the student was actually talking and participating in the art class. She said "he never talks in class."

1

Donor

Rating: 5

It is great to have a place like Create Art Center in my community as a local artist. I am able to make use of the kiln that the center has to fire my pottery as I don't have a kiln of my own. Whenever I go there I see so much art created by the children in the area, that I am amazed at the abundant talent and also how the center handles the needs of so many children who blossom in a center like this. Art is fun, but it is also medicine for the spirit, (the act of creating) so the center offers health and art!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I really value CREATE's approach to the art experience for children. It has just enoough structure but still allows for considerable freedom of expression, so that a child can learn to express themselves through art without having to stay within the lines. My daughter has participated in a couple of projects including creating a mask as well as a decorative plate, and she enjoyed herself both times.