Project Create was created in 1994 when Rev. John W. Wimberly, Jr., community activist and pastor of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., recognized a need in his community and sought to fill it. Neighborhood children attending Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School needed an after-school arts program, and Project Create began providing art classes to a deserving population of local children.
In 2002, Project Create collaborated with So Others Might Eat (SOME) to provide art classes to children experiencing homelessness. This partnership was so successful that, in 2003, Project Create became an independent nonprofit in order to fulfill its new mission: to enrich and transform the lives of at-risk children in Washington, D.C. by providing them with professionally-led arts experiences. Project Create immediately identified an especially strong need within the growing population of D.C.’s children experiencing homelessness and, in partnership with SOME and Community of Hope, has been serving these children successfully ever since.