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

Mission: Free Arts programs inspire 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.
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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had a wonderful experience working with Free Arts for Abused Children and it is a mission I am happy to financially commit to. They provide a wide variety of art services to many communities in Los Angeles and provide a service that is greatly needed.

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I don't know what is wrong with the organization, but there has been a lot of turnover with the staff and leadership. I gave money at an event they had downtown and wanted to learn more and nobody called me to follow up. I tried reaching their director and was given the run-around. When I finally did make contact I spoke with a woman (forget her name but she had an accent) who didn't seem to know a thing about the whole organization. I would not donate again.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find out why their staff don't return phone calls.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have worked with, participated in and donated to several charies for children. I have never seen another one that is so well run. I am currently a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Arts Council. We have an outreach program Project S.O.A.R. It reaching a small population of the children of Hollywood in the elementary schools. We had too great loses. Shauna McClure became the Executive Director of Free Arts for Children. Trevi Fountation also left and became the Community Liason for the Foundation. I am amazed and so proud of all the success events. They have created a production company that is throughout the Los Angeles area. It is wonderful that some many abused children's souls are fed by the arts they have provided. They are heading up a dynamic staff that raising the conscientiousness and fundraising. The programing is so insightful and meaningful to the lives of these children and to our community as a whole. This foundation lets children know that than can make something beautiful and it opens the door to other things they can accomplish in life. The art they create is something permenant in their transitory lives. I truly believe that their programing and community outreach is making a huge difference.
I suggest that you open your hearts and write checks to allow them to reach more children to give them hope. In turn you will recieve the joy of giving and knowing that you too are making a difference.

Tony Clark
Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a donor I appreciate how the staff makes every dollar count. They work to find in-kind donors. They utilize every opportunity to find discounts and value in their purchases to serve these children. It's a tough economic time, as we all know, so I like how there is nothing frivolous about the staff, their offices, or the way they spend the limited amount of money that I can send. I trust that the donations I send are well used for the benefit of the children and families.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended a reception where the work of several young women who live in a residential facility and participated in a Free Arts project was shown. I saw their pride and self-esteem grow as fellow residents expressed their amazement at what the young artists had produced. This particular project helped not only the young women who participated in the project, but also benefited the in-house audience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know what I would do to change this organization, except find more money to enable them to provide more programs to help even more children and families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with Free Arts for Abused Children has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my college career. My student volunteer group has been working seamlessly with Free Arts for four years and when we wanted to expand that relationship by giving back to Free Arts, they reciprocated our energy. They were completely on-board for our Pillow Fight program, which has raised awareness for Free Arts and raised over $5,000 total in the two years of the program. We have been able to effectively deploy the money to fund more Free Arts projects and expand their presence in the Los Angeles community. Free Arts has truly been amazing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

college

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its use of press releases

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I can't begin to tell you what a difference this makes for these children. It gives them a place to be free and their art refelects that. You simply must see some of their work. It is amazing to see the incredibly beautiful work that they create. The people who run this organization have been some of the most honest and good hearted people I have ever come across!!! Keep up all the great work!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the happiness that the people have experienced in receiving their art

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It has helped raise awareness to these children

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Honest, Hard working, passionate and loving

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get more children to be able to experience the happiness of creating art, and at the same time healing their young lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Free Arts is an amazing organization that helps children and families heal and grow through art. They are a great team of people who genuinely care and are passionate about what they do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help the families of this country on a grass roots level by helping them learn to connect, to heal, to express emotion with art they can do individually or together.

Ways to make it better...

we could have given them more!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been a contributor to this wonderful organization for the past 20 years and I have seen first hand how the children treated under this program transform themselves into productive, well adjusted human beings. I strongly recommend the organization who makes all this possible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many of the events they have held and in working directly with the children taken care of by this charity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it throughout the world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching the transformation the children go though after sessions with the facilitators. Truly mind blowing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and knowledgeable about their contribution to the children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to all parts of the globe.

Ways to make it better...

I only wish I could do more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund raising as it is with most organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

By starting early with these programs, you save a life--giving a child a much better chance in life by instilling self esteem, building character and giving them life lessons that they normally wouldn't have.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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