Project Create is an after-school arts program for children from Wards 7 and 8 where nearly half of young people live in poverty. These are some of the most vulnerable children in the District those who have experienced hunger, witnessed violence, and lived on the streets children who didn't choose their lives. At Project Create 150 kids get time to themselves, the dedicated attention of a caring, creative adult, and the freedom to create, move, and explore all scarce commodities amidst the stark realities of their lives. Classes in mixed media, graphic design, drawing and painting, dance, music, theater, and sculpture are small and personalized, and all are designed to spark creativity and confidence while improving the prospects for academic and social success. Close partnerships with So Others Might Eat and Community of Hope make Project Create's programs accessible to homeless youngsters; and field trips to local cultural attractions and exhibits broaden their horizons. Over 360 after-school, on-site art classes are slated for the coming year. You can be the donor who makes them happen.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; ; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Anacostia High School; Ballou High School; Ketchum Elementary; Kramer Middle School; Hart Middle School; Johnson Middle School

Awards & Recognition

Catalogue for Philanthropy "One of the Best" 2014


Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Project Create is: Less than $500k

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