Healing Through Artistic Expression
Free Arts uses the healing powers of the arts to help abused and homeless children build resiliency and learn to trust and heal. All of the children in Free Arts programs have experienced combinations of family trauma, homelessness, and violence. To begin to heal, they need services including mentoring, a caring community, and an opportunity to learn new skills and express themselves.
Art Heals – The creative arts transform and inspire lives.
Every Child Matters – All children have the right to be cared for and respected.
Mentoring Works – Mentoring builds resilience by helping children identify their strengths and increase their confidence.
For over 20 years Free Arts has used the creative arts to help more than 95,000 children:
- Build trusting relationships with caring adults
- Learn to express their emotions in positive ways
- Develop and practice artistic and life skills
- Feel valued and connected to a community
“I felt safe with my mentors. I didn’t feel like I would really express myself
with others but I did.”
Charlie, Age 12
“I am going to tell you about Free Arts. Free Arts makes me feel special. Free Arts
makes me feel loved. Free Arts makes me feel safe. With Free Arts I get to learn new
things. People at Free Arts listen to me. They are helpful during our projects and they
are loving. Free Arts makes me feel alive. I love Free Arts.”
Tarah, age 9