Free Arts for Abused Children
February 17, 2010
I started Free Arts about a year ago and I choose them because art is one of my strengths and I truly believed that art can be therapeutic for the kids. Free Arts requires that you have a training session before you participate in one of their events. I thought this was an excellent idea because during this session they set expectations for you in terms of your involvement with the kids during the events and also things you should avoid while interacting with the kids. The training session seemed overwhelming initially, but once you attend a Free Arts event, you realize it prepares for extreme situations. A Free Arts event is so much fun and laid back that if you stay within the guidelines, you will have no problems interacting with the kids. During an event, the kids are shy at first, but throughout the day, once they start on their projects they begin to open up. And after awhile you also will begin to notice yourself opening up. Which is the best part of Free Arts for me because not only do I have the opportunity to do something for the kids, they also return the favor and helps put everything in perspective for me amidst all the pressures and stress of work. I highly recommend a Free Arts event, after the first event, I promise, you will be hooked.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
to see the type of creativity these kids have. It inspires me to see them create the way they do, all they need is the materials and the opportunity and some of the art is so amazing!
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
amazing. Everyone was very enthusiastic and focused on making the children feel as comfortable as possible.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I asissted the children in their creativity while working on their special projects during Free Arts Days.