Located in downtown Silver Spring, CREATE provides high quality, affordable arts education and art therapy programs that are as diverse as the community it serves. Professional teaching artists offer classes on site for all ages – in an eclectic array of mediums (from collage to cartooning) – and lead customized programs at retirement homes, community centers, homeless shelters, and more. At local elementary schools, the free smARTkids program brings after-school arts education to at-risk students (most are low-income, non-native English speakers), building critical thinking skills, creativity, discipline, and confidence. And CREATE’s art therapy services encourage healing while offering emotional support to people struggling with severe challenges, including cancer survivors, veterans, and those living with autism. Having just moved into a beautiful, bigger space, CREATE is growing – a new art gallery features free public exhibits, artist talks, and workshops. Won't you join in?