what is kids create change?

Kids Create Change is a non-profit organization that utilizes art to engage young people in self-advocacy and activism.  We promote social-emotional development, socio-cultural awareness, and collective social action through project-based learning.  These methods include participatory art projects, collaborative art-making, and public exhibition. 

Our core values are expressed through our goals:

  • To create accessible opportunities that increase visibility and elevate the voices of young people in our community.

  • To celebrate multiple expressions of diversity e.g., race, socioeconomic status, gender, language, sexual orientation, religion, and ability through art.

  • To center stories and experiences from communities that are often silenced or untold.

  • To realize spaces where kids and teens can develop creative problem-solving skills and generate art-based solutions to social issues that have both grassroots and global impact.

We work with children of all ages, their families, schools, and communities, to harness the power of art in envisioning and creating a more just society. We emphasize relationship building, connection among and across groups of people, collective care, and community coalitions that include young people.  We provide programming and opportunities that are developmentally informed, culturally relevant, inclusive of diverse backgrounds and abilities, equitable in access, sensitive to emotional and psychological concerns, trauma-informed and grounded in antiracist and healing justice practices.

upcoming events...

Winter Wonderland 2021

Families and kids of all ages are invited to participate in a nature-based outdoor art exhibit!  Find out how you can add a homemade treasure or piece of art to our HOPE TREE at Canal Shores!

read about our campaign here and 

help us reach our goal of $25,000!

visit our free

virtual art resource

check out videos, artist talks, diy's, how-to's, and project ideas we have compiled from makers locally and  globally.  





follow our blog to receive online art making activities and events!

kids create change

is a grassroots organization created to engage young people in art-based community development

and social justice work.

we stand against racism and

base our work on antiracist practices.


we are committed to ensuring all Evanston children and teens have opportunities for art and social-emotional engagement, and that bbipoc and low-income families have access to our programs and resources. 

we are in solidarity with our

black neighbors and will

continue to collaborate with local organizations and community partners who are leading the fight for equity and racial justice.


talking to kids about

race and racism

we are dedicated to providing free social-emotional resources for kids and teens, and support for the adults who care for and work with them.

visit our resource pages that focus on how we can address race and racism with kids and what we can do to model antiracism for young people.

donate to our fundraising campaign today!

can art change the world?
Titus Kaphar on the Power of Art
kids create change in the news...

Check out Kids Create Change in the Evanston Roundtable!

Click here for the full article.

Check out Kids Create Change in SAIC's Art Connects Us! Click here for the full article.

Check out Melissa and Angela talking about Kids Create Change

on Instagram Live with Lisa D!


Kids Create Change


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