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March of 2021 marked the triumphant return of Hip Hop Camp!
By Gabriella, Alumni Mentor My name is Gabriella, but my Free Arts family calls me Gabs. Free Arts is a nonprofit organization that builds hope and heals children’s trauma through artistic expression. I know this because I was a participant. I’ve been involved with Free Arts since 2012, when I was twelve years old. I’m...
By Kim Valentine, Free Arts intern and volunteer mentor This past March, Free Arts kicked off its annual Camp Series with a new addition to our programming: The Art of Leadership Camp. This camp was designed for the teens to learn about what it takes to be a strong leader and how to utilize the...
On Saturday, June 30th, Free Arts held the culminating performance of our 18th annual Theater Camp at the Herberger Center in downtown Phoenix.  The Theater Camp, themed “Road to Resilience,” brought together 30 teens from foster care group homes, shelters, and treatment centers and immersed them in the art of theater.  In the first week of...
In the summer of 2017, Niya was 14 and living at The Salvation Army homeless shelter with her mom, two sisters, and her brother.  Some tough life challenges left the family without a permanent place to stay and in need of help.  Niya had a difficult time adjusting to the change.  She had feelings of...
As the Free Arts team delves further into summer and wraps up the final installment of their Camp Series, I reflect on the significance of the experiences at camp and how they fulfill the Free Arts mission. The Free Arts program team worked tirelessly to make sure that all camp activities ran as planned, and...
2017 Multicultural Arts Camp (MAC) just completed its 21st year.  This year Free Arts served over 150 children over two weeks. Participating children learned Tibetan Arts, Latin Arts, World Music, Spoken Word, and Swing Dance.  Each day children were welcomed by 20 adult mentors who provided a safe, healing environment where the children could freely express themselves....
The final performance of Free Arts Theater Camp always proves to pull at the heart strings of those lucky enough to attend, and this year was no exception. Attendees were “moved to tears” by the courage of the young performers. The performance itself was powerful. Many audience members expressed that they were floored by the...
Our Camp Intern, Claire Newfeld, took over our blog to tell you about her experiences at camp! After interning at Theater Camp I was insanely excited to work at Hip Hop Camp. Unlike Theater Camp, Hip Hop Camp is only one week and the showcase is much different. Rather than being a traditional performance, each camper chooses...
Our Camp Intern, Maya Brown, took over our blog to tell you about her experiences at camp! — On June 6th, I started my summer internship at Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, and jumped in feet-first to the first session of Multicultural Arts Camp (MAC). Flash forward a week and I was hanging...
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