Located in downtown Silver Spring, CREATE provides high quality, affordable arts education and art therapy programs that are as diverse as the community it serves. Professional teaching artists offer classes on site for all ages – in an eclectic array of mediums (from collage to cartooning) – and lead customized programs at retirement homes, community centers, homeless shelters, and more. At local elementary schools, the free smARTkids program brings after-school arts education to at-risk students (most are low-income, non-native English speakers), building critical thinking skills, creativity, discipline, and confidence. And CREATE’s art therapy services encourage healing while offering emotional support to people struggling with severe challenges, including cancer survivors, veterans, and those living with autism. Having just moved into a beautiful, bigger space, CREATE is growing – a new art gallery features free public exhibits, artist talks, and workshops. Won't you join in?
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.
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- The current budget for CREATE Arts Center is: Less than $500k
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