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Free Arts for Abused Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Free Arts is amazing!!! I am a children's program coordinator for an emergency shelter for homeless families and they put together a wonderful week long summer camp for the children. Everyone is so genuine and passionate. I really enjoyed collaborating with Free Arts and the children absolutely felt the love and support. Thank you Free Arts!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

AMAZING!!!!! This agency is so well equipped! They build such great rapport with the kids and are so full of life and energy! I am in awe watching them do their work and they are SUPERB at it! You can tell they are genuine in their care for the community, take the time to get to know the kids and area they are working in. FREE Arts was a HUGE success for our community because they are so authentic and can connect with our kids! Free Arts creates events that truly are life changing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Freet Arts has done an amazing job with providing services to our children here at our facility. The organization is very easy to communicate with with, and very open to any ideas and suggestions that I have. Volunteers show up to lead classes on time, with a positive attitude, and ready to make a difference in the lifes of other.

I do not know what our facility would do without Free Arts. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Free Arts did an amazing job providing services to our agency and we cannot wait to work with them again. They are truly changing the lives of thousands of kids and they are efficient and hard working. It is truly amazing how much impact they have with such a small staff and it is nothing short of extraordinary.

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FreeArtsED 12/04/2013

Thanks, Robert! We're so glad you had such a great experience!