Free Arts NYC
Greenwich September 20th, 2014
The Brant Foundation is honored to continue its partnership with Free Arts NYC — an organization that shares its belief in the power of the arts to effect positive change.
Each year, Free Arts NYC brings children from New York’s Department of Homeless Services to Greenwich, Connecticut, for a day of art-making hosted by The Brant Foundation. The program is part of the initiative to combat the negative effects of poverty through the positive effects of arts education.
The Bigger Picture: Free Arts NYC
About Free Arts NYC
Free Arts NYC provides underserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential. Founded in 1997, Free Arts NYC has now touched the lives of over 31,000 at-risk children and parents, offering them high-quality art making experiences while paired with positive adult role models. The families we serve come from under-resourced urban communities and are referred by one of our over 40 partner agencies, which include schools, community centers, housing facilities, and shelters.
Free Arts Days are a unique volunteer opportunity that pairs underserved elementary-aged youth 1-on-1 with volunteers for an afternoon of “mini-mentoring.” While working together to create art projects based on the day’s theme, participants are able to create meaningful connections with someone they might not otherwise meet.
At a Free Arts Day, our youth have the opportunity to develop their creativity and communication skills with a caring adult and to explore a variety of art materials and techniques.