Create Films is an Arts First Program
To educate and inspire youth through the Fine Art of film-making with free film classes, internships, and mentorship programs.
Create Films is an Arts First program. In 2022 the Department of the Treasury granted the Arts First recognition as a 501(c)3 non-profit arts and culture organization. Create Films is committed to teaching youth the Fine Art of filmmaking. All donations to Create Films are tax-deductible.
The Arts First Create Films Summer Film program was founded in 2019 with the generous fiscal sponsorship of local non-profits and funding from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. The program earned the honor of participating in the Extended Learning Opportunity pilot project with the YMCA and Tacoma Create in both 2019 and 2020. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department sponsored the filmmaking program, providing complimentary filmmaking courses for youths and encouraging them to produce insightful youth-inspired Covid-19 public announcement videos.
In the following year, Schools Out Washington proudly sponsored the 2022 Summer Film Camp, hosted at the Eastside Community Center, while the Create Film program partnered with Greentrik to establish an engaging filmmaking club at Hunt and Stewart Middle School. To accentuate the importance of art education, Arts First took the initiative to incorporate as a non-profit organization in Washington State and received 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization status from the IRS in 2022.
Currently, Arts First offers several exceptional programs, including an afterschool filmmaking program at Hunt and Stewart, weekly filmmaking classes at the Eastside Community Center, a yearly 5-week summer filmmaking camp, and a dance program at Lister Elementary School.