What is Free Arts?
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is a nonprofit organization that brings the healing powers of the creative arts to abused, neglected and homeless children by partnering with over 100 foster care group homes, treatment centers and shelters in Maricopa County.
By recruiting creative volunteers to share their talents in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, creative writing and other artistic projects, Free Arts helps children build self-esteem by unlocking their imaginations.
Many of the children we serve have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, and have been placed by the state into a foster care group home. Still other children live with one parent in a domestic violence shelter or both parents in a homeless shelter. Some children live in residential treatment centers where they work to conquer painful issues of physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, and violence.
All of the children need the chance to express their hopes, fears, frustrations and emotions.
The creative arts give children a way to identify their emotions and express them through a positive medium. The creative arts give children the tools they need to improve self-esteem and social skills. The creative arts give children a voice.