Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Pure Imagination Costume Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2023. That’s right. We’re throwing a costume party! Attendees can dress up however the theme inspires them, from superheroes to fairy tales and everything in between. The theme “Pure Imagination” is meant to encourage supporters to connect with their inner child and that same sense of adventure, curiosity, and wonder from our childhood.
This event will represent the soul of Free Arts with intentional art projects, live performances from teaching artists, stories about our past and future, and so much more. This event will also represent the future of Free Arts. This is a time of great change. Our programs are expanding to serve families and young adults with a new clinical lens on our work. Our staff has grown to 27 members, including new leadership focused on expanding Free Arts statewide by 2028. The Pure Imagination Costume Gala not only celebrates 30 years of growth, but also a bright future ahead.
Volunteers and supporters make it possible for us to bring transformative arts programs to children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or homelessness. Whether you host an art supply drive, become a volunteer mentor, or make a donation — your contribution matters.
Each year, over 78,600 Arizona children experience the trauma of abuse, neglect, and homelessness.
Research shows that in order to process toxic stress caused by trauma, children need positive experiences and supportive relationships.
We use the arts to provide opportunities for children to express themselves and connect with volunteer mentors.