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CREATE Arts Center

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.