Headshot Photo of Emilia Peters
2018 Award Recipient


Project KEM Creative Studios

Location Los Angeles, CA

Issue Area Education | Poverty

Art has always been Emilia’s 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.

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.

Emilia Peters
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller