For twenty-seven years in Washington, DC, Project Create has provided opportunities for creative youth development through accessible, multidisciplinary arts education to empower young people and amplify their voices. We collaborate with children, youth, and families in an inclusive and supportive community where art is healing and transformative.

Project Create students participate in free out-of-school-time art classes, art therapy groups, workshops, open studio time, field trips, and exhibition and performance opportunities, both at our own arts center in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC, as well as at community partner sites in underserved District neighborhoods.

Our Programs

Studio Programs at the Arts Center

Project Create’s custom-designed Arts Center is equipped to host a wide range of art classes in all disciplines, family workshops, open studio time, film screenings, gallery shows and arts enrichment opportunities for all ages and experience levels. All classes are free!

Community Partnership Programs

Project Create’s longest-standing program includes weekly multidisciplinary arts education classes taught by experienced teaching artists in partnership with community-based organizations that provide services to children, youth and families in underserved communities.

HeART Space
Art Therapy

Project Create HeART Space groups focus on building coping mechanisms, increasing emotional wellness, decreasing anxiety, and building resilience, using creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, and sculpting to move towards personal well-being and healing.

Family Art Day

Project Create’s beloved Family Art Day program offers an opportunity for local families to engage in artistic exploration, art-making and creative play. At our free Saturday workshops, Project Create serves multi-generational families, all of whom enjoy the chance to create art in community.


Project Create loves hosting arts workshops, whether at our Arts Center or out in the community. Our brilliant teaching artists share their talent and experience in a variety of artistic disciplines, and our students enjoy learning new creative skills, like 3-D printing, mural-making, poetry, and fashion!

Professional Development

Project Create leads staff members through creative, engaging professional development opportunities at your place or ours! Our staff training can: facilitate bonding and collaboration; improve skills and increase knowledge; and offer fun activities in a creative, therapeutic environment.

Student Spotlight

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Ahmad Woodard

Ahmad Woodard (“Ama’d”) is a songwriter, rapper, and poet from Washington D.C. He credits Tupac as one of his first and biggest inspirations as it pertains to making music and having an affinity for poetry. Ama’d also acknowledges his alma mater of Southeast D.C. Anacostia High School for allowing him to blossom and grow into the artist and young man that he is today. Ama’d seeks to have a long career in the music business as an artist, and he’s hopeful that the music he creates can inspire others in a multitude of ways.