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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I collaborated with Free Arts for an exhibition.
They generously allowed us to use ALL of their works for the exhibition and provided full support throughout the process. Huge thank you to Director of Development, Audrey, and Community Liaison, Trevi for making such amazing experience possible.
Great team, great mission and great passion equal great nonprofit!

Jeffery W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm just a average guy that enjoys art. I have watched on Facebook and through the media how this group has helped abused kids. I myself grew up in a abusive household. As a child I had no one to help me promote my emotions through art. This did not stop me from drawing my feelings on paper. I still today after 40 years paint and write. I personally think that art in any form is a perfect way for a child that has been abused or watched abuse in their home to express and release the pain that is inside. Free Arts for Abused Children is allowing this. They are #1 in my book.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Arts for Abuse Children is an organization that we as a community can not live without. It is for the the children.