How Art Impacts Children


Free Arts’s mission is to restore hope, resiliency and self-esteem in children in Los Angeles through art projects. Free Arts pairs children with adult mentors who serve as a positive role model with whom the child has a beneficial relationship.


Why is art helpful?

Art provides comfort and hope to children and teenagers facing diverse challenges. “The biggest advantage is that art can express things that are not expressible verbally,” Dr. Sarah Deaver, President of the American Art Therapy Association, explained in an interview with The Huffington Post. “That’s a huge advantage for people who don’t have the language to talk about what’s inside of them.”

Studies show that arts on children such as:

  • better academic results

  • greater likelihood of college enrollment

  • increased self-esteem and resiliency

  • improved emotional intelligence

  • more civic engagement



What are the direct impacts of creating art?

Stress Relief

Most artistic activities take place in a safe and relaxing environment. By entering this safe space, children can stop worrying about their everyday life and familial troubles. Children know they won’t be judged for what their artistic piece will be. There is no “wrong art.”


Art opens the door to self-reflection and self-expression. Learning to communicate through painting, drawing, writing, dancing or other arts offers a constructive method for children to share their identities with the outside world.


When children learn new skills and engage in social activities, they become more self-confident. Learning social skills like cooperation and conflict resolution in a fun and relaxed environment will help them interact appropriately with others – a skill valuable in all aspects of life, from home  to the workplace.


Artistic programs can provide an outlet for creativity and problem-solving. Artistic activities encourage children’s natural curiosity and interests. Arts provide effective, engaging methods of  emotional and physical stimulation, which encourages the overall creative thinking process.


Free Arts staff and volunteer mentors use art techniques to create a bond with abused, neglected and homeless children. Through artistic activities, Free Arts helps restore hope, resiliency, and self-esteem in children in Los Angeles ages 5-18.

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