Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona Overview
Programs: Weekly Mentor Program
Specially screened and trained positive role models act as mentors in this weekly therapeutic art program for children and adolescents that take place on-site at their group home facilities and shelters. Through the use of therapeutic elements, Weekly Mentors create a safe and non-judgmental environment where youth can freely express their emotions and feel successful. Curriculum for this program focuses on building trust within the group, exploring creativity and empowering youth to consider their futures.
Professional Artist Series
Professional Artist Series are in-depth programs, averaging 6 sessions in length, and are led by professional teaching artists. Youth receive a unique opportunity to work intimately with the artists to learn a variety of art forms. The programs culminate in a performance or exhibit where the youth have the opportunity to showcase their work. Sometimes a series will culminate in a field trip where youth can potentially gain information about internships or career paths. Professional Artist Series are designed as unique and intimate opportunities for youth to be exposed to new art forms. Not only do youth have the chance to learn from a Professional Artist, but they get to interact with positive adult volunteers as well.
Free Arts Days
Free Arts Days are one day “Explorations of the Arts” for children and families who live in group homes, treatment centers or homeless shelters. At these events, children are exposed to an array of art activities which allow them to explore their creative talents while forming a bond with a caring adult.
Each event is created with the partnering arts or cultural organization and Free Arts staff to serve the unique needs of the participating population. The number of youth invited to these events ranges from 20 to over 300, depending on the location and structure. The format usually includes an experiential educational piece, mini art workshop, and time with a caring adult volunteer.
Multicultural Arts Camp
The Multicultural Arts Camp Series (MAC Camp) brings together youth from a variety of Free Arts of Arizona partner facilities to participate in multicultural arts activities in a day camp setting. Supported by caring artists, experienced staff and caring volunteers, youth at camp discover and express their inner talents, form bonds with volunteers and other campers while discovering and expressing their inner talents. The Youth in the program work to overcome barriers and open their minds to build bridges with others and the world around them. Free Arts hosts several camps throughout the year including Summer Theater Camp, MAC Camp and Intersession Camps.
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