From Free Arts Intern, to Volunteer, to Employee…A Journey!

Beth is a former Free Arts intern and recent ASU graduate who wants to make a difference using the arts. She found Free Arts through Arizona State University and began her time with us as the Programs Intern. She started volunteering with Free Arts Days and the Weekly Mentor Program. After falling in love with...

Care to help? 5 ways to support Free Arts!

It is going to take more than just the 16 staff members at Free Arts to keep children connected and creating. In a time when many of us are wondering “how can we help?” we invite you to support these children in the following ways. Support via the Foster Care Tax Credit – This is the easiest, no-cost...

Creative Programming for Creative Times

A COVID-19 Update Even during this difficult time, Free Arts is transforming children’s trauma to resilience through the arts.  Though most of our regular program are on pause, we have created new innovative options for children who have experienced trauma, their caregivers, and the community. Art Heals Videos: A video series which is available to the children...

Destination Transformation

It has been seven months since the first sledgehammer hit the building to begin our renovation. If you have driven by in that time you have seen the incredible transformation of the exterior of our space, and we hope you have the opportunity to see how wonderful the interior is as well. After relocating for...

Sleeping Beauty Comes Alive at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Each fall for the past 18 years, Free Arts has partnered with Dance Theater West (DTW) to recreate DTW’s Storybook Ballet production featuring Free Arts children.  Our beloved partnership continued last September, when more than 20 Free Arts children performed alongside DTW dancers at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Director Susie Silverman and...

Good-Bye Bungalow

In November of 2018, over 30 children from Free Arts programs assisted teaching artist Andy Brown in completing a mural on the North wall of the newly redeveloped Point b offices in downtown Phoenix. The mural located on Central and Roosevelt is entitled Perspective Landscape and depicts the idea that things can look differently from...

Spirit of Volunteerism

If you have been to a Free Arts Day, chances are good that you have seen or even been surrounded by bright green Edward Jones t-shirts.  You may have even noticed that every Volunteer Spotlight in the Art Heals Newsletter in 2019 has been presented by Edward Jones. These two things are not unrelated.  Central...

The Beads of Connection: A Free Arts Day at the Heard Museum

Laughter and smiles were all around the Encanto Room at the Heard Museum as children’s hands went up to let volunteer mentors know that they had completed the bead necklaces that they were making. Volunteer mentors went over to the waiting children and with caring patience tied up the colorful necklace for the children to...

Three Things To know Before you give to Free Arts

Free Arts relies on contributed income to serve abused and homeless children living in Arizona.  Unlike some of our partner agencies, we do not benefit from government contracts, and unlike some of our arts and culture partners, we do not benefit from a membership model or a store or gift shop.  Instead, we rely on...

The Language of Art: Free Arts and Unaccompanied Minors

There is a growing concern, particularly in Southwest states like Arizona, about the children crossing the United States border and who are then held in detention centers and shelters while they work through the immigration process.  They are often referred to as “border children”, but the legal term for them is “unaccompanied minors” as they...
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