Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona held a Mission Art! Watercolor Workshop on Wednesday, May 15 at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. The event brought together a small group of caring adults including volunteer mentors, donors, and community members. Longtime volunteer mentor and professional teaching artist Linda Pullinsi led the evening event. She guided the group through simple creative activities, including watercolor painting, in a format similar to a Free Arts Weekly Mentor Program or Professional Artist Series. It was an opportunity to thank volunteers and donors for their support and fallow them to learn a little more about each other and Free Arts programs while participating in an international art activity. Free Arts hopes to host more of these events in the future giving adults an opportunity to get a taste of the healing and intentional art opportunities Free Arts provides to children.
Linda Pullinsi began as a Free Arts Mentor in 1994, just one year after Free Arts’ inception. She was one of the very first Free Arts teaching artists in the Professional Artist Series, has participated in the original Free Arts planning committee, and worked as a counselor and volunteer at MAC Camp. Over the years, the Free Arts staff has been impressed and inspired by Linda’s ability to connect with children. She carefully plans her lessons, is warm, incredibly creative, thoughtful, and always comes prepared and ready to work. She has been recognized several times along her journey including a Free Arts Volunteer of the Year Award in 2006 and the Governor’s Service Award in 2010. Most recently, Linda won the Free Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for working with over 1,000 children and donating more than 3,000 hours. Her service to the organization for the past 25 years is truly an inspiration.