Arts Mentors / Classes – Free Arts
Free Arts commissions professional artists to teach children specific art skills and introduce them to career opportunities in the arts. Past workshops have covered a range of topics and mediums including dancing, acting, creative writing, painting, welding, drumming, photography and more. Artists lead sessions designed to teach transferable art, social, and coping skills. Most series conclude with a public exhibit or performance. These opportunities to develop and showcase skills vastly improve children’s self-esteem.
Free Arts Days
For many children, a Free Arts Day may be the first time they attend a play, opera, or museum. Free Arts Days connect children to their community by creating meaningful, one-day, creative programs in collaboration with local arts and culture organizations, including: Ballet Arizona, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Desert Botanical Garden, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix Art Museum, The Phoenix Symphony, and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Children of all ages come together from different shelters and foster care group homes to participate in Free Arts Days. Surrounded by caring volunteers in a community setting, children experience a sense of connection, value, and self-worth.