Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DC Charity Spotlight: Project Create

First established in 1994 by Western Presbyterian Church, this feisty little non-sectarian organization has found its niche as an after-school provider for children living in poverty. Working in partnership with two transitional housing programs--Community of Hope (in Columbia Heights, see page 33) and Thea Bowman Housing Program (run by So Others Might Eat), Project Create focuses on kids who would otherwise have no access to the arts. Believing that free after-school activities provide a creative outlet for self-expression and keep kids safe at the end of the day, the organization respects children's differing abilities while nurturing and sustaining their talents. Professional artists--experienced teachers who also love children--are the backbone of the program, which is also supported by a cadre of volunteers. Small classes of 10-12 meet for 10 weeks at a stretch to explore bookmaking, paper arts, painting, mural-making, drawing, photography, mixed media, and dance. The idea is to honor the child, recognize the importance of the creative process, and respect the finished product. A Spring Arts Showcase highlights student achievement and celebrates individual accomplishment. Project Create is ready to bring its programs to other transitional housing sites in Washington. You can be the donor who makes it happen.

Marget VH Maurer,
Executive Director

2401 Virginia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

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