Create Arts Center

Rating: 4.95 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 816 Thayer Ave Silver Spring MD 20910 USA

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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I love CREATE Arts Center! We have the greatest time in the different art classes. The projects are so "out of the box" and so creative. And it is wonderful to see the children's faces when they bring home their projects! The teachers really relate to the children and teach them how to create art from their imagination instead of "paint by numbers". Thank you for all you do to promote the arts to our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing people's faces light up after they participate in different art classes. even the adults were proud of themselves!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am the organizer of a visual arts meetup in the DC metro area and we had been experiencing a lot of difficulty in finding a "home" for our group. The first place we'd chosen (a cafe) had brought in loud karyoke and Guitar Hero during the middle of our meetups. Although my group is a "social drawing/painting group" and we love to eat, drink, and draw, when we were first introduced to CREATE Arts! in Silver Spring, the non-profit arts center was ideal for us. It was quiet, well-maintained, staffed personally by their Executive Director, Tamar, in a nice location, etc. While there was a small studio fee to attend, we took a poll of our members and decided that it was absolutely worth using their space as our "home" space. We feel we'd much rather contribute to CREATE Arts! fabulous programming for children and the arts than to buy yet another cup of overpriced latte and contribute to our own already oversized waistlines!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Using the space for my arts meetup.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't think there's much to change

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quiet and the beautiful children's artwork showing us the amazaing variety and purity of children's artwork.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The executive director and her partner.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a huge difference in teaching children that only they are capable of creating their own art...and that with a little instruction, they can remain artists without feeling self-conscious.

Ways to make it better...

My experience is always good at CREATE Arts!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably the funding is the biggest issue

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Tamar has been extremely generous to support couple of Art Groups and the staff at CREATE is extremely friendly. Thank You Tamar for giving us space to do some amazing art work!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

it's own space. I enjoy the studio space that create has.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n/a

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Art that is all over the studio, pictures and ofcourse our relationship with Tamar

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Tamar and Jenny

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could take over the world and CREATE more and more arts, and encourage and inspire everyone to do the same.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I hope this organization keeps getting more funding because we really need such organizations in the Silver Spring area.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Donate to CREATE! This is definitely my non profit of choice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Pure Fun! Our daughter adores Create Art and it has been part of her life since we moved to the area 10 years ago. She feels so at home there becasue she IS made to feel at home. Her artisitc skills have imporved greatly and we can see her self-confidence soar every time she returns from a class or camp program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really impact our local community in many positive ways. Then everyone can benefit from the kinds of unique arts programs that Create Arts does and it will help build a stronger and more talented arts community that will thrive for years to come.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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