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Participants painting for Foster Families and Kinship program
Participating families in our new program. We all start somewhere to build resilience. With this new program, it aims to connect families with a supportive community. 2022 was a year of growth and opportunities of expansion for our programs. One of the opportunities has been the creation of the Foster and Kinship Family Program. This...
Masks created at the Weekly Mentor Program
Our Weekly Mentor Program this past summer created masks at one of our participating partner child welfare agencies. The Weekly Mentor Program is making a comeback in a strong way! Over the past fiscal year, children and their mentors created everything art-related. From DIY board games and their ideal villages to colorful masks and detailed...
Miss Scottsdales Outstanding Teen
Free Arts made a positive impact locally in our recent partnership with Miss Scottsdale Outstanding Teen. Sophia Lin reached out to Free Arts because she related to our mission: “Transforming children’s trauma to resilience through the arts.”
This year Free Arts has teamed up with Phonetic Spit, a local non-profit whose mission is to create brave spaces that help young people find, develop, and publicly present their voices as agents of social change.
With the arrival of COVID, words like “unprecedented” and “pivoting” and “lock down” became common language to all of us.  Free Arts was no exception.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our normal routines, the way we work, and the way we connect with people. There have been new and innovative ways to communicate, and for organizations like Free Arts, to still engage with the populations that they serve. In this quest for innovation and connectedness, some new bonds with old friends...
Behind the curtain, the stage was filled with props and youthful anticipation, against a sparkling backdrop. Young voices filled the air as they nervously shuffled their feet and took their places. As the lights went down, a calm quiet replaced the backstage buzz.
On April 6th (Arizona Gives Day), we had 75 families participate in our Art in Action virtual event. The event showcased the intention and care behind the music and visual arts programs at Free Arts. Teaching artist, Frank Thompson, energetically led the drumming session while teaching artist, Linda Pullinsi, guided us through the process of...
March of 2021 marked the triumphant return of Hip Hop Camp!
Having a creative outlet can help with feelings of overwhelm, stress, or the feeling of burnout. We like to spend time doing intentional art activities to help incorporate creativity breaks into our day. A fun, intentional art activity that can be done by the whole family is Illustrated Names. This project comes from the Free...
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