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about us

Originally founded in Malibu, California in 1977 as Free Arts Clinic, Free Arts for Abused Children was born out of the determination of two women who knew well the inherent therapeutic value of the arts.more

our programs

our programs

Free Arts programs are designed to serve children between the ages of four and eighteen who have experienced abuse or neglect, are homeless, or are at the risk of falling through the cracks of the system in Los Angeles.more

art heals!

art heals!

Free Arts for Abused Children is dedicated to delivering volunteer-driven creative arts programs to children throughout greater Los Angeles County who are living in emergency or transitional homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, or affordable housing communities, or who frequent community and family resource centers.

Since 1977 Free Arts has delivered on our philosophy that "ART HEALS!" This motto has driven our organization for 37 years, along with a network of passionate individuals coming together to share the healing power of art. With more than 35,000 children receiving child welfare services at any given time in Los Angeles County alone, Free Arts strives to reach more children every year, eager to spark their creative spirit, inspiring and transforming their lives through the power of artistic expression.

MISSION 
Free Arts inspires hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers.