Free Arts for Abused Children
Rating: 4.92 stars 60 reviews
Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Philanthropy
Location: 5301 Beethoven Street, Suite 102 Los Angeles CA 90066 USA
Results: In 2012, over 400 Free Arts volunteers donated nearly 14,000 hours of service in order to inspire hope in the lives of nearly 30,000 children at 28 partner agencies, which include: children's courthouses, residential care facilities, domestic violence shelters, low-income housing communities, and family resource centers.
Target demographics: Children who have faced abuse, neglect, poverty, and homelessness, as well as their families.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 28,079 children and 143 adults
Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles, including Orange County
Programs: Free Arts Day Program: Children have the opportunity to express themselves, experiment with new mediums, and engage in positive social interactions with adult volunteers at these art festivals. Weekly Volunteer Program: Children have the opportunity to explore in-depth a particular art medium or theme, develop relationships with consistent adult role models, and nurture a better sense of self during the course of a 10 to 20-week program. Courthouse Program: Children have the opportunity to experience relief from the anxiety of their circumstances through participation in volunteer-led arts and crafts projects while they wait for their court hearings. Parents and Children Together with Art (PACT) Program: Families have the opportunity to discover art as a vehicle to strengthen family bonds in a non-judgmental environment created by volunteers during an 8-week program.
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The staff at Free Arts is beyond compare. Passionate, fair, and -- maybe most importantly -- patient! I've had the please of working with the team as a consultant, and would do so again without hesitation.
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Participating in the training sessions and observing the care that is taken to ensure that all involved understand the program and their goals.
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