As World War II raged, a 7-year-old Jewish refugee learned from her mother how to draw, sew, and create art – and so freed her mind from the danger and chaos outside. Forty years later, seasoned arts educator and therapist Tamar Hendel founded CREATE Arts Center to share the benefits of the creative arts with every member of the community. In downtown Silver Spring, CREATE offers ceramics, painting, sculpture, cartooning, and visual arts classes to children, adults, and families; it also provides art therapy for those with autism or other special needs. At four local elementary schools, the flagship smARTkids program delivers free after-school arts programs and much-needed creative outlets to students, the majority of whom are low-income and academically and socially at risk. Studio Downstairs provides group art therapy to adults living with mental illness and trauma – enabling them to cope with physical and emotional pain and to forge new connections. Through art, both children and adults achieve expression and, ultimately, growth. You can give that experience to those who need it most.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; Greater DC Area
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income; Students
Schools They Work In: Arcola Elementary School; East Silver Spring Elementary School; Rosemary Hills Elementary School; Westbrook Elementary School; Woodlin Elementary School
- Total # of people served in 2012-2013:
Awards & Recognition
- Announcing the Recipients of the 2013 Executive's Awards
Tue Oct 8 2013, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County
CREATE's Executive Director, Heena Genti, was featured as the Emerging Leader Award Recipient of the 2013 Executive's Awards.
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- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- The current budget for CREATE Arts Center is: Less than $500k
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