what is kids create change?
Our mission is to promote social-emotional development and sociocultural awareness in young people through art, and to activate spaces that engage them in self advocacy and social activism through creative collaboration and collective care.
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.
Studio 3 is set to open this summer! Check out some in-progress photos here and read about our vision for the community art studio and gallery!
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
Check out Melissa and Angela talking about Kids Create Change
on Instagram Live with Lisa D!