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For twenty-three years, Project Create has provided valuable services in Washington, D.C.’s communities of greatest need. Project Create uses accessible arts education as a tool for positive development in the lives of children, youth and families experiencing homelessness and poverty. Project Create is the only organization in Washington, D.C. that provides free, after-school arts education to children living in emergency, transitional and long-term affordable family housing.
Help us reach as many children as possible.
Email or call 202.660.2555 to learn more:
- Current statistics on youth homelessness and poverty in Washington, D.C. are dire. In the District, 30% of children live at or below the poverty line ($24,000/year for a family of four), with 14,000 of those children living in “deep poverty” (less than $12,000/year). East of the Anacostia River, child poverty rates are even higher (40% in Ward 7 and nearly 50% in Ward 8).
- As poverty in D.C. increases, so does homelessness; the number of homeless families in the city is rising steadily. The 2016 “Point-in-Time” Count identified 1,491 homeless families (or 4,667 homeless persons in families) in Washington, D.C. – 360 more than in 2015, representing an increase of 31.8%. Homeless families included 2,722 children, an increase of nearly 32%. “Transition age youth” (under 24 years old) account for about 60% of the increase in adult family members counted.
- We know that children and youth experience a wide array of problems due to their homelessness and poverty. Homeless children are three times more likely to exhibit emotional and behavioral problems than their housed counterparts. They are four times more likely to display delayed academic development. Poor children are also twice as likely to be suspended, expelled, or drop out of high school.
- In the face of the urgent needs of our students, art makes a difference. Through creative expression, imagination, and the freedom of abstraction, our students come alive and find their unique voices. We believe that “arts education is not a flower, but a wrench” (Rachel Goslins, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities). A study by the National Endowment for the Arts found that at-risk kids exposed to the arts had better academic outcomes, higher career goals, and greater civic engagement. Thus, they contribute more to their communities, achieve more themselves, and have higher aspirations and hope—all from engaging in art!
- Arts education has been shown to increase resiliency to cope with stressful life circumstances.
- Art has been found to have a particular therapeutic value for those populations that have experienced abuse and neglect.