Project Create is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides accessible arts education to promote positive development in the lives of children, youth and families experiencing homelessness and poverty in Washington, D.C. Our goals are to:
Create Art, by providing professionally-led visual and performing arts instruction taught by experienced, engaged teaching artists in order to develop students' art skills and provide tools for creative expression, and by offering our students opportunities for public exhibition and performance in order to develop confidence;
Create Opportunity, by offering after-school programming in a safe, structured environment that promotes positive youth development and learning through cultivation of skills including critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, and leadership; and
Create Community, by connecting students to their local environment through artistic and cultural experiences in their neighborhoods, and by encouraging respectful, supportive artistic collaboration among peers and teachers, in order to develop a sense of belonging, positive cultural identity, and civic engagement.
By working in partnership with social service organizations that offer emergency, transitional, and long-term housing to homeless families, we deliver important services to children in D.C.'s communities of greatest need. In our 23 years as a community arts education organization, Project Create has served nearly 5,000 homeless and poor children in Washington, D.C. Through collaboration with our like-minded partners, Project Create is working to break the cycle of chronic homelessness and poverty one child at a time.
Project Create is a multidisciplinary arts education organization. Our recent classes include visual arts (drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, sculpture and pottery, and mixed media) and performing arts (dance and drumming, hip-hop dance, step dance, theater, puppetry, and martial arts). Every Project Create class is taught by a professional artist with an arts education background and/or professional experience in the arts.
Project Create is looking for volunteers and Board members! Put your professional skills and life experience to work for a greater good. Your expertise can be applied in creative ways to benefit Project Create's students. Ask us how! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.