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 experiencing homelessness and poverty. Partners include housing providers, low-income/Section 8 housing, community centers, Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Public Libraries, DC Public and Public Charter Schools, mentorship organizations, and more.
Semester-long courses, designed with a therapeutic and trauma-informed approach, include weekly classes, arts enrichment field trips, and performance and exhibition opportunities for children and youth of all ages. Our experienced teaching artists and art therapists represent a diverse range of artistic disciplines. All of our teaching artists go through a series of professional development trainings to provide high-quality activities.
Past and Current Partnerships Include:
What We Offer
Project Create offers unique opportunities to create art and develop important life skills at the same time. At Project Create, we:
- Tailor our programming to the unique needs and goals of our partner organization;
- Focus our programming on serving children, youth, and families who are experiencing homelessness and/or live in high-poverty DC neighborhoods;
- Offer weekly therapeutic and trauma-informed art sessions in any discipline;
- Provide arts enrichment field trips; and
- Ensure participant responses inform future program plans.
Here are some examples of Project Create classes:
Movement and Dance: Participants learn movement-based activities that help strengthen bonds, explore new modes of self-expression, and build confidence.
Music: Through sound and rhythm improvisations as skill-building exercises, participants explore ways they can use their voice and body to create various sounds.
Photography and Videography: Participants go beyond taking snapshots to develop their creativity and awareness through the art and science of photography.
Theater & Improv: Participants learn techniques to successfully portray characters and have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to acting assignments performed in class.
Visual Arts: Participants have access to a wide range of inspiring materials and a variety of ways to explore them, including drawing, painting, collage, clay, sculpture and other mixed media.
Partner With Us!
We are always looking to form partnerships with organizations working towards a similar mission. We offer a variety of services which include: multidisciplinary art courses designed with a therapeutic approach, trauma-informed training for staff, curriculum development support, and more!