Painting a path of hope for homeless youth through art education

For more than 20 years, Project Create has worked to promote and provide arts education and enrichment in children, youth and families in the District. (Courtesy Project Create)

Rachel Nania, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – In the areas of D.C. that experience 40-50 percent of homelessness and poverty, one local organization is making sure art is accessible to underprivileged youth.

For more than 20 years, Project Create has worked to promote and provide arts education and enrichment in children, youth and families in the District. Its programs offer everything from African dance and drumming, to theatre, improvisation, stand-up comedy, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography and more.

Project Create Executive Director Create Christie Walser says the importance of arts education goes beyond introducing children to a new subject matter.

“A lot of people ask me,


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