03.03.2011 / Free Arts NYC

Free Arts NYC

Continuing our theme of charitable organizations, today we want to tell you about Free Arts NYC. "Free Arts NYC provides undeserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self confidence and resilency needed to realize their fullest potential." The organization not only offers volunteer opportunities that range from weekly mentoring programs to traveling arts camps, but they host creative fund-raising events geared towards children and adults alike.

A building block station from last year's Free Arts NYC's Kidsfest, a "Winter Wonderland" of arts and creativity where children were able to paint t-shirts, make candy necklaces, build craft snowmen, etc. The event was hosted by Brooke Shields and Mary Alice Stephenson while Poloroid pictures were being snapped by world renowned photographer Nigel Barker.

In honor of the release of the book Street Art New York, Factory Fresh Gallery in Brooklyn hosted an art auction benefiting Free Arts NYC back in April of 2010.

A station for little ones to make adorable candy necklaces from the previously mentioned Kidsfest 2010 event.

A compilation of the amazing art produced by the equally amazing children that are involved in Free Arts NYC. In the 2009-2010 Program Year, Free Arts NYC gave 1,300 children the opportunity to create 12,915 art projects.

Proof that the volunteers have just as much fun as the children! One weekly participant was quoted saying "Free Arts is the only place where I can be with friends and I always feel safe." It's heart-warming to hear that these children view the volunteers as friends.

If you're interested in volunteering for this organization, making a donation, or would simply like to receive more information, please visit their website at www.freeartsnyc.org

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