Free Arts Arizona

Free Arts uses the healing powers of the arts to help abused and homeless children build resiliency and learn to trust and heal. All of the children in Free Arts programs have experienced combinations of family trauma, homelessness, and violence. To begin to heal, they need services including mentoring, a caring community, and an opportunity to learn new skills and express themselves.

Art Heals – The creative arts transform and inspire lives.

Every Child Matters – All children have the right to be cared for and respected.

Mentoring Works – Mentoring builds resilience by helping children identify their strengths and increase their confidence.#

Artistic expression gives children a much needed “release valve,” the chance to explore new ways of expression, and the freedom to create in a judgment-free environment. Free Arts programs provide a comprehensive continuum of creative arts experiences that build self-confidence and critical life management skills among abused and homeless children.

In order to overcome toxic stress, children need to build resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adverse situations. Free Arts utilizes the arts and proven youth development methods to deliver a model that we call “Art with Intention.” Each program is thoughtfully planned to include specific elements that promote safety, self-expression and a sense of belonging. Simple activities like closing rituals and creating group expectations inform the significant transformation that many children experience in our programs.

Camp Series
Pheonix
USA

Multicultural Arts Camp is focused on cultivating a feeling of safety and bringing together children who have experienced similar life circumstances. Groups of 12-15 children rotate through five workshops each day introducing them to cultural art forms such as African drumming and Latin dance. At the end of the week, children showcase their work to the public.

Theater Camp boosts self-confidence and empowerment through the power of storytelling. This is a two-week, intensive, performing arts experience for teens ages 13 to 17. Using improvisation, journaling and visual art to explore themes relevant to their lives, the reality of violence, abandonment, hope, love and peace are expressed on stage through poetry, movement and music. At the end of the camp, the children perform at the Herberger Theater Center for a live audience of friends, family, and the general public.

Hip Hop Camp introduces teens to the founding principles of Hip Hop culture, empowering them to use their voices and creativity to make positive change. Teens celebrate these themes through the artistic mediums of spoken word poetry, graffiti art, hip hop dance, and DJing, and lead and teach their peers and community members in a final public showcase.

Free Arts Days
Pheonix
USA

Free Arts Days connect children to their community by creating meaningful, one-day, creative programs in collaboration with local arts and culture organizations, including: Ballet Arizona, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Desert Botanical Garden, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix Art Museum, The Phoenix Symphony, and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Children of all ages come together from different shelters and foster care group homes to participate in Free Arts Days. Surrounded by caring volunteers in a community setting, children experience a sense of connection, value, and self-worth.

Professional Artists Series
Pheonix
USA

Free Arts commissions professional artists to teach children specific art skills and introduce them to career opportunities in the arts. Past workshops have covered a range of topics and mediums including dancing, acting, creative writing, painting, welding, drumming, photography and more. Artists lead sessions designed to teach transferable art, social, and coping skills. Most series conclude with a public exhibit or performance. These opportunities to develop and showcase skills vastly improve children’s self-esteem.

Weekly Mentor
Pheonix
USA

With this Free Arts feature, we pair adult volunteer mentors with groups of children from one of our partner child social service agencies for weekly, hour-long art sessions. Using our mindfully-crafted arts curriculum, mentors help children begin to process their trauma, build trusting relationships, and freely express themselves. We train our mentors in youth development and therapeutic art techniques, as well as provide resources and best practices to encourage strength-based communication and empowerment.