“Through our weekend art classes and summer camps, we hope to foster a love of art, provide a sense of joy and tranquility in exploring something new, and give students a brief respite from the stressors in their lives.”
Art has always been Emilia Peters’ escape from academic and social pressure. When she realized her hometown of LA’s homelessness crisis meant children on the street didn’t have the resources to occupy their time or minds, she co-founded KEM Creative, an organization that forges strategic partnerships with organizations like the Alexandria House shelter to bring free, teen-taught art instruction to children in transitional housing and underserved communities. So far, more than 500 students have participated at five facilities across LA and Guatemala and fifteen Art Ambassadors have been recruited and trained to manage over forty volunteers. In 2019, Emilia and her co-founder plan to expand KEM Creative’s Art Ambassadors program to engage new leadership.