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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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."

8

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.

6

Board Member

Rating: 4

CREATE is a wonderful place, full of dedicated staff and volunteers. The minute you walk in, you are surrounded by fantastic artwork, which shows the range of creativity encouraged here, from ceramics to paper mache to painting and drawing. From my experience as a board member and occasional teacher, I know that the Exec. Director and managing Director are completely dedicated to helping each student find the joy of expression through art.

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

Both of my kids have gone to CREATE Arts Center for years, it's within walking distance of our home. They loved the classes, out-of-school days, and camps. The projects that they undertook were very interesting and creative, and the kids enjoyed themselves alot. My son is now into sports, but my 7th grade daughter continues to come every Thursday for an innovative "Beyond Creativity" class tailored for 'tweens. The teacher, Heena Genti (Managing Director of CREATE) is very skilled and has introduced the kids to all kinds of interesting techniques--paper mache, sculpture, drawing in charcoal, pastels, water colors, and collage. The art gets better and better. And my daughter has many friends there, both staff and other kids. CREATE offers a warm, friendly and creative environment. When I stop by, I want to roll up my sleeves and start doing art. There is a small of paste and paint in the air, and all kinds of materials that suggest creative efforts.

9

Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter has been attending classes and camps at CREATE for years. She has learned so much--they really work on technique. At the same time, it is a warm and nurturing environment. I am so impressed with the staff--who really nurture creativity. I also am impressed with all of the programs--such as smARTkids for at risk youth and studio downstairs. The organization has taken smart moves to grow. I also like the homey feel of the place--I feel like I've stepped back into an arts center from my childhood in suburban Boston in the 1970s! CREATE also works with local independent schools to have camps during school vacations which are not necessarily the same as the public school vacations. This is another example of how CREATE responds to needs in the community.