CREATE Arts Center

To inspire creativity, develop arts skills, improve self confidence and enhance enjoyment of the arts through arts education to the general public and art therapy to those with special needs.

CREATE Arts Center
816 Thayer Ave
Floor 1
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States

Executive Director

Heena Genti

Management Team

Heena Genti, Lauren Lay, Lauren Schlenger

Board of Directors

Alana Carchedi, Elizabeth Allaben, Kristin Moorhead, Kay Marten, Deborah Bunkley, Jackie Pliskin, Heena Genti, Katherine Tuider, Lauren Lay, Lauren Schlenger

Project Leaders

Heena Genti


To inspire creativity, develop arts skills, improve self confidence and enhance enjoyment of the arts through arts education to the general public and art therapy to those with special needs.


On-site classes - Our educational programs help students learn about the arts by experts in the field. They are able to explore their own creativity and imagination in a supportive environment where the experience is more important than the finished product. These classes are offered at our center and are primarily for children; however we do offer two family classes and one adult class each session. Off-site classes - The off-site classes provided by CREATE reach populations that would otherwise not have access to the arts. The current economic climate has resulted in the loss of arts programming at many schools. CREATE's after-school program provides students with an opportunity to develop their artistic skills and simply enjoy the visual arts. Currently, CREATE works in two Catholic schools, two MC middle schools, 5 MC elementary schools and one Arlington, Virginia elementary school. Birthday Parties - Birthday parties at CREATE are fun for all ages. We supply the materials and the teacher. A project is designed in cooperation with the birthday boy or girl. Parties last approximately 2 hours and are on weekends when other mission driven programs are not being held. Arts camps - CREATE holds camp at our center year round when Montgomery County and DC Public schools are not in session. This includes individual school holidays/in-service, winter and spring break and all summer. Additionally CREATE holds camps that coincide with holidays/in-service of regional private schools. Studio Downstairs - Studio Downstairs is a community for the arts, where adults who might otherwise be too vulnerable to attend school or vocational programs, can meet twice a week in a non-institutional setting. We serve as a bridge to helping people overcome psychological difficulties which impede their successful entry into the workforce, school, or community life. We provide a safe, ongoing art studio program where people can learn social and artistic skills. smARTkids - The smARTkids program focuses on elementary and middle school age at-risk youth at three Title I schools within Montgomery County. The program provides weekly after-school arts enrichment programs that work to improve academic achievement and social skills. Individual Art Therapy - Our Art Therapy program helps clients develop the self-esteem necessary to express their emotions through art in a safe and therapeutic setting. It is open to children and adults with varying types of challenges ranging from Autism or Schizophrenia to those trying to heal or cope with loss. By using art as the vehicle, families are able to find creative ways to enhance communication and build confidence. These sessions are led by registered art therapists at our center in Silver Spring.

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