Free Arts NYCNew York
Free Arts NYC empowers youth from underserved communities through art and mentoring programs to develop their creativity, confidence, and skills to succeed.
For 25 years, Free Arts NYC has provided high-quality arts programming to over 2,000 youth annually. Through partnerships with community-based organizations, NYC’s Department of Homeless Services, and city schools, Free Arts NYC continuously strives to level the playing field and create equity in the creative space by providing high-quality arts and mentorship programs to the next generation.
The Teen Arts Program helps participants to gain job readiness skills and explore the arts academically and professionally while building a pathway to success with the support of a long-term mentor. The program offers opportunities including portfolio development, artist studio visits, career exploration, and paid internships.
The Free Arts Days Program is a unique volunteer opportunity that pairs underserved elementary-aged youth 1-on-1 with volunteers for an afternoon of “mini-mentoring” and art-making inspired by themes that ignite a creative spark.
Throughout this past year, Free Arts NYC has provided art supplies and remote programming to children and their families. The young people in our Free Arts Day Program -- from some of the city’s highest-need sites -- receive monthly art kits and activity packages. While the Teen Arts Program remains virtual, Free Arts has continued to lead digital literacy workshops, portfolio development, and school application support, artist studio visits, and remote summer internships. At a time when critical resources are being stripped from communities, art continues to be the inspiring outlet that helps children cope with challenging circumstances.