Project Create offers out-of-school-time arts programs for 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. They get time to themselves, the dedicated attention of a caring adult, and the freedom to create 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, personalized, and designed to spark creativity and confidence while improving the prospects for academic and social success. Partnerships with Community of Hope, Sasha Bruce Youthwork and other community-based organizations make programs accessible to homeless youngsters; the new Anacostia studio means children who move always have a home base. Over 360 classes are slated for the coming year. You can be the donor who opens the door.

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 (FY2023)

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

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