Connect & Create with Community
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We have a Facebook group just for you! Join the conversation with your fellow Volunteer Mentors in the Free Arts AZ Mentors. We share community resources, events, and the opportunity for peer-to-peer connection. You can also download the latest Project Manual, Volunteer Training Manual, and more!
Movie Night – Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Join us for a night of popcorn, conversation, beverages*, and resilience. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Know someone you would like to introduce to our volunteer community? Bring them along! See more about Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
*This event is for individuals age 18 and over. Alcoholic beverages will be available for those 21 and over.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 20th, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: Free Arts Art Room, 352 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ, 85012
Gift Making Save the Date
Join us for gift making after our Free Arts Day of Gift Giving. We will make something cool while connecting with fellow volunteers!
WHEN: Saturday, December 9th, Time TBD
WHERE: Free Arts Art Room, 352 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ, 85012
Weekly Mentor Program
100+ Volunteer Spaces
Weekly Mentor Programs have started creating! There are 62 Volunteer Mentors running 34 programs across 25 different sites, and still counting. Two Volunteer Mentors can start an 8-week program any time between now and October 28th and we still have over 100 sites that would love to have them. If you are interested in please complete a short availability form to sign up for the Weekly Mentor Program.
Some opportunities to come into the Art Room for WMP Office Hours have made it even easier for Volunteer Mentors to get their supplies, get assistance with curriculum, and have a space to test new projects. What are you waiting for?
Weekly Mentor partners are matched with a Free Arts Partner Agency to conduct an 8-week art with intention program. Mentors build relationships with children through consistent and meaningful interactions. Free Arts provides the locations, all the art supplies, the projects, support, and guidance along the way. You sign up and we do the matchmaking!
WHEN: When YOU are available
WHERE: A Partner Agency Near You!
For questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to the Weekly Mentor Team
Free Arts Days
NEW Storybook Ballet
10 Volunteer Spaces
Join us for the annual performance of Storybook Ballet and Free Arts Day. Volunteers will assist and encourage children after the performance during the creating pieces of the Free Arts Day. Please be sure to wear your BLUE Art Heals t-shirt.
WHEN: Saturday, September 30th, 1:15 – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
NEW The Little Prince
6 Volunteer Spaces
Theater Works Presents The Little Prince. This production will be an opportunity to enjoy the magical story that has captured peoples hearts for generations. Participants will also be creating themed art projects to go along with the story in a Free Arts Day activity.
WHEN: Thursday, October 5th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Theater Works, 10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria
NEW You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
50 Volunteer Spaces
Grand Canyon University presents the production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Children will join us for the show, have lunch, and participate in activities that include dance workshops and visual arts activities. You do not have to know how to do them to show children how to be brave doing them!
WHEN: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
WHERE: Grand Canyon University – Ethington Theater, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Professional Artist Series
Children First Leadership Academy: Fall Series
Volunteers Needed – 4 Volunteer Spaces as of 9/8
Join teaching artists as they lead Kindergarten through 8th-grade students through various workshops. These fall workshops include:
- Chinese Art
- Spoken Word
- Junk Art
- Hip Hop (Movement)
- Say Yes to the Press (Printing)
Teaching Artists include Mei-Kuei Chan Cruise, Mic Maven and Sean Avery, Niamey Thomas, and XICO Gallery! Volunteers need to be available for the whole shift, each session, for the most of the series (entire series preferred).
WHEN: Dates include:
- Wednesday: 8 AM-12 PM, Aug. 23rd
- Wednesdays: 7:40 AM – 11:15 AM, Aug. 30th, Sept. 6th, Sept. 13th, Sept. 20th, Sept. 27th, and Oct. 4th.
WHERE: Children First Leadership Academy, 1648 South 16th St., Phoenix, AZ, 85034
NEW Building Hope Reunion Tour
3 Volunteer Spaces
Come to support Camp Program Alumni in a new Building Hope Production! Previous camp participants will be invited to collaborate on another moving, meaningful, monumental production as we collaborate on creating one spoken word and one musical piece to share at our annual fundraiser: the Every Child Matters Luncheon. Participants will also be asked to perform at the Herberger Festival of the Arts.
- Oct 4th, 11th, 18th, 23rd, 25th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
- Oct 30th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- November 1st, from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
- Rehearsals at Free Arts Training Room 352 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
- Rehearsal and Performance at the Every Child Matters Luncheon: The Montelucia 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale
Desiderate High School
Spoken Word Poetry
1 Volunteer Spaces
Teaching Artist Megan leads Desiderata students in a Spoken Word professional artist series. Volunteers must be able to attend all sessions and wear your Blue ART HEALS t-shirt.
WHEN: Tuesdays, 11:00 – 1:45 pm, Sept 26th, 28th, Oct 3rd, 5th, 24th, 31st, Nov 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Office and Art Room Volunteering
We are looking for volunteers to assist us with the Art Room and Office on the weekdays. Tasks include front desk assistance, entering data, file audits, making calls, and other clerical things in the office, as well as sorting and maintaining supplies, prepping projects for volunteers and events, and other art room related tasks.
If you are interested please email the Outreach Team with your availability and the things you are most interested in assisting with.
WHEN: As available during Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
WHERE: Free Arts, 352 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ, 85012
Summer Camps have closed, however, some exciting new opportunities may be around the corner! Let’s just say you might want to keep your calendar open in January 😉
In the meantime read about how well Summer Camps went and all cool things Free Arts here and check back soon.