As World War II raged, a seven-year-old Jewish refugee learned from her mother how to create art – and free her mind from the chaos outside. Forty years later, as a seasoned arts educator and therapist, she founded CREATE Arts Center to share what she had learned. In downtown Silver Spring, CREATE offers ceramics, painting, sculpture, cartooning, and visual arts to children, adults, and families, and art therapy for those with autism or other special needs. At four local elementary schools, smARTkids delivers free after-school arts programs and much-needed creative outlets to students, the majority of whom are low-income and academically and socially at risk. Studio Downstairs provides group art therapy to adults living with mental illness and trauma – enabling them to cope with physical and emotional pain and to forge new connections. You can make self-expression and growth possible for those who need it most.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; Greater DC Area
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students
Schools They Work In: Arcola Elementary School; East Silver Spring Elementary School; Rosemary Hills Elementary School; Westbrook Elementary School; Woodlin Elementary School
- Total # of people served in 2012-2013:
Awards & Recognition
- Announcing the Recipients of the 2013 Executive's Awards
Tue Oct 8 2013, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County
CREATE's Executive Director, Heena Genti, was featured as the Emerging Leader Award Recipient of the 2013 Executive's Awards.
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- The current budget for CREATE Arts Center is: Less than $500k
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