Art from the heart Art Auction moves online

Free Arts was set to hold our annual “Art From the Heart Art Auction” in the spring of 2020 but had to postpone due to COVID-19. A virtual version of the art auction is being planned for October 21-26, 2020. The six-day event will take place fully online and feature the work of approximately 80...

Take Care

Artwork: Untitled by Rubi, age 13 Dear Free Arts Family, Regardless of the results, this election could potentially prove to be one of the most volatile times in recent history. Made visible by social media and network media, we will be barraged with election results coverage. News of possible protests, violence, and divisiveness will penetrate our...

2020 Mural Project Reminds Communities that They are Resilient!

In late September 2020, Free Arts embarked on an ambitious project to simultaneously create five art murals in the Valley at various locations, with five different teaching artists, and five alumni apprentices. The purpose of the project was to highlight the creativity and resilience of communities during an especially difficult time in history. To make...

Writing Heals! Alumni Rica Shares her Poetry

Rica had been a Free Arts participant and alumni for two years.  She is a gifted writer and will be attending college at Arizona State University this fall to pursue a degree in creative writing.  She is a 2020 Nina Mason Pullium Legacy Scholar. Where Did the Time Go?? This poem was created at the...

Art Heals! Alumni, Autumn, Shares Her Artwork

In 2013, Free Arts started an Alumni program which has grown to include over 25 active alumni.  In the Alumni program teens and young adults who have participated in previous Free Arts programs, build skills and community by engaging in art activities, leadership training, and apprenticeships.  Most Free Arts Alumni have transitioned out of congregate...

Free Arts Founder Becomes New Alumni Support Liaison

In 1993, a young art therapist was introduced to a program in California that provided opportunities for vulnerable children to experience the healing effects of art making and caring volunteer mentors. She immediately saw the value of this program and the intense need for it in her own community, the greater Phoenix area. So began...

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...
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