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  

5 people found this review helpful

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."

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

seeing the possibilities of a small organization with a small but dedicated staff really make a difference for children and adults, especially those with special needs.

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

outstanding.

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

bring art to many more underserved children and adults.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Participating in the planning for the Spring Fling in 2009.

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

meeting new pwoplw on the board and staff

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

experienced and dedicated to the mission

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

impact more lives with art

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: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

seeing how excited the students and teachers are about their projects. Also, seeing how imaginative the staff/teachers are in using unexpected materials in fresh ways (decorated hubcaps!!)

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

terrific! Even the teenage volunteers were enthusiastic and ready to help. They all truly enjoyed being around the students.

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

Find the perfect facility and location, and be able to offer even more top-notch children's classes and programs for youth-at-risk and people with other challenges.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the pleasure and satisfaction that my daughter gets every week at her art class.

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

interacting with the Artistic and Managing Directors of CREATE. They are both committed, kind, skilled, creative leaders.

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

Relocate to a more visible location, and expand its programs to serve more children. Purchase it's own property with outdoor space that could be used for programs and learning.

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  

9 people found this review helpful

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.

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

seeing the high-level art my daughter brings home and how the staff have broadened her horizons.

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

Great and caring teachers.

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

inspire a lot of creativity!!!!

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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