Project Create Hosts Love Lunch

Written by: Kelly Emson, 2016 Summer Intern

Project Create hosted their Love Lunch last Wednesday, June 16th where they welcomed donors, board members, volunteers, and staff to thank them for their support for the organization and to display some of the art produced by program participants. The event highlighted the value of Project Create and the importance of arts education to children and families experiencing homelessness and poverty.

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The Executive Director and vibrant host, Christie Walser, offered some insight into the organizational impact on the community since expanding into their Anacostia studio. By humorously apologizing for the non-profit’s shortcomings at producing quantitative data, she emphasized how the effect that Project Create has on the youth they help cannot be seen in the numbers, but rather in each participant’s excitement and personal growth each day. The kids and youth have made some truly impressive and professional pieces, many of which have been displayed on their gallery wall and sold.

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The organization has come a long way since starting in a room at the Western Presbyterian Church in 1994. Project Create has built itself up through partnerships with multiple organizations that have allowed them to now operate six days a week where they offer classes, creative workshops, after-school programs, summer camps, open studio time, film screenings, family days, and art enrichment opportunities for all ages and experience levels. Their level of activity within the community has earned them the 2016 Beyond Housing Award from the Institute for Children Poverty and Homelessness which they have proudly on display.

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For more information about Project Create, please visit their website at