2012 Program Highlights
2012 brought many unique opportunities for Free Arts programs to shine on the local and national stage. If you read on, we've highlighted a few of our best accomplishments.
Multicultural Arts Camp includes Native American Focus
To serve the growing number of Native American youth in our partner facilities, 2012 MAC Camp included Melanie Sainz, a teaching artist and Native American from the Hochunk Nation. Melanie’s unique cultural perspective allowed our Native American youth to feel comfortable and shared information about this important culture with our other youth.
Hip Hop Camp
Our first-ever Hip Hop Camp took place in July. 30+ kids from our partner facilities worked with three artists to explore urban art and culture through hip hop dance, b-boy dance styling, and spoken word poetry. Those of you who attended the Hip Hop Camp final performance will remember the touching stories that were shared along with the excitement of hip hop performances.
Pilot Light Mentor Conference
2012 was the inaugural annual mentor conference. More than 75 mentors attended training sessions, art workshops and a panel of mentors and mentees that shared their Free Arts Weekly Mentor Program experiences.
Make a Difference Day Community Mural
Free Arts left a brightly-colored mark on the Phoenix Center for the Arts by painting a mural on the large wall wrapping around the building. The youth involved can visit the mural for years to come and know they were a part of making their community a better place. And our partner, Phoenix Center for the Arts, has a much-needed mural announcing their presence and engaging the community in their arts offerings.
National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Ornament Display
We all know about the main Christmas tree in Washington DC that the President lights each year with his family. But did you know that each state and US territory also have a Christmas tree of their own? This year, Free Arts was chosen by the Governor’s office to design and construct the ornaments that will be displayed on Arizona’s tree in Washington DC. If you will be in the nation’s capital this holiday season, be sure to visit the 24 ornaments by artist Christy Puetz and the Free Arts youth.
Downtown Scavenger Hunt
This November, 150 youth gathered in Downtown Phoenix to travel to cultural or historic sites, complete art projects and compete for prizes in our first annual Scavenger Hunt Free Arts Day. Kids and volunteers alike rated this Free Arts Day as one of our best. Prizes included bicycles, keyboards and tickets to arts events. We are already planning to grow this event for 2013!