Resourceful, Resilient and Determined to Serve Community - We Need Your Help

About the Project

For thirty-four years, 7 days a week, the nonprofit CREATE Arts Center has provided low-cost art therapy services and innovative and inspiring art education classes and workshops for thousands of individuals and families. Now, we are asking for your help.

Last week, due to COVID-19, we shuttered our doors but opened ourselves to creating opportunities to remain engaged and connected with people throughout Montgomery County and across the DMV.  Our licensed art therapists have gone online to connect with their clients, who live with mental health challenges and under current circumstances, face increased social isolation, depression and anxiety. Many art therapy clients live on low-or fixed-incomes, relying on CREATE to help subsidize the costs for therapeutic services. For them, CREATE is a refuge and a lifeline.

Despite these efforts, our ability to provide our full-range of therapeutic services is severely disrupted, particularly for clients living with developmental disabilities and autism. 

CREATE's staff and teaching artists are going online with free and low-cost art projects and art education classes to keep children, adults, families and teachers/educators engaged in artistic expression while homebound. Sharing the benefits of the arts to foster learning, creativity, imagination and just plain fun, has never been more important. 

And yes, we worry about CREATE's future, which includes our small staff, art therapists, teaching artists, and the people - the families - that have become our family over three decades.  

We have postponed or cancelled Spring classes, workshops and Spring camp as well as our annual April fundraising gala. Our revenue remains flat, yet our expenses, such as rent and utilities, remain the same, as we face the uncertainty of an extended shutdown. 

It is hard to ask the community we serve to help support us during this difficult time. Please know, your donations will go a long way in helping us provide art therapy services and art education resources to children, families, adults and educators, and help stem revenue loss so that CREATE can emerge from this crisis strong and ready to serve the pressing needs of our community.  

Thank you for supporting CREATE during this tough time. Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar until our goal is met! We are so very grateful for your support as we weather this storm together.

Stay safe and healthy.

 


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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$10,073.84 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 28 days ago
  • Donate $25 or more

    $50-$25 in general support for CREATE's art education and art therapy programs.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    $100 to support ongoing development of innovative programs and platforms to deliver core art education and art therapy programs to multiple constituencies, including marginalized communities.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    $250 to support CREATE's online art education resources - art classes, tutorials, virtual studio tours - for children, adults, families and teachers/educators.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    $500 to support a month of group art therapy sessions for 4 low-or-fixed-income individuals in recovery for trauma, addiction, depression, PTSD or other mental health challenge.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    $1,000 to support 8 weeks of individual art therapy sessions for 6 low-or-fixed-income individuals living with mental health challenges, including bipolar disorder, trauma, depression and other mental health challenges.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$73.84 to go. Every dollar helps.
$10,073.84 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 28 days ago

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