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Review for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Over the last 5 years, I have been involved with children who are served by Free Arts of Arizona, and have attended many, many Free Arts functions. This is an organization that brings a powerful tool to abused children, and teaches them to use this tool for their own empowerment.
Through their mentor program, the Multicultural Arts camps, the Free Arts days, sponsored visits to theater, ballet and symphony shows, Theater Camp, and many more projects, Free Arts helps children become involved with art in ways that they can then explore and participate in. Our children see Free Arts events as wonderful treats. I have witnessed many kids, who are new to the foster care system and full of anger and hostility, enter into a Free Arts program and become transformed by the acceptance and love they feel from the volunteers, as well as by the process which turns them into successful dancers, singers, actors, painters, and poets. We had one young man who was always in trouble and explosively angry, who had the opportunity to participate in Free Arts' two-week theatre camp. His behavior changed completely! He gave an electrifying performance in the finale, and told me that the experience of the camp had changed his life. I have truthfully witnessed similar events many times with kids in Free Arts activities. As an educator, I wish that EVERY CHILD could experience Free Arts of Arizona's exceptional approach to bringing healing to kids through the arts.

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

The joy that the kids experience when they participate in Free Arts events is evident in their words and actions. Every experience that brings joy to abused children helps them to heal and become whole again.

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

Make it available to more children. We can only send a few kids at a time to their events, but there are hundreds in our care alone who would benefit greatly from their programs.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I participated in many Free Arts events with foster children.