Free Arts Programs

Free Arts curricula-based programs were developed with the input of an interdisciplinary team composed of an Art Therapist, Licensed Child Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and elementary school Art Teacher.

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Free Arts delivers programs to children through ongoing partnerships with homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, housing programs, after-school programs and schools serving disadvantaged children in Los Angeles.

FREE ARTS MENTORSHIP program restores hope, resiliency and self-esteem in children through an 8-week creative arts program facilitated by trained adult mentors. Programs are delivered to children on-site at nine different locations simultaneously including domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, housing programs and other agencies serving disadvantaged children. Free Arts Mentors help children discover their strengths, develop a sense of mastery and build a sense of empowerment. Children begin to feel, understand and express their emotions and to see themselves as strong, resilient members of their own communities. This program serves nearly 1,000 children per year.

FREE ARTS FOR FAMILIES forges stronger bonds among family members, improving communication and family dynamics. Free Arts for Families creates happy, positive memories and experiences while families complete family centered arts projects over 8-12 weeks.

FREE ARTS FOR CHILDREN'S COURT restores self-esteem, hope and resiliency in children as they endure a day-long wait at Edelman Children’s Court to testify in front of a judge, who determines where they will live. These children have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect, and they and their abuser must appear and testify at children’s court. Free Arts has created a safe space in the courthouse where Free Arts mentors engage children in art activities that promote resiliency, self-esteem and hope. This program services more than 22,000 children per year.

FREE ARTS DAYS are one-day events that help communities debrief, cope with & rebuild following a traumatic community event. Free Arts Days also helps corporations build stronger teams and renew communication, commitment and employee engagement.