Free Arts NYC

It is encouraging to know where your money goes when you purchase a product, and doubly great when you know it goes to charity.  Free Arts NYC is an organization that FM Brush, Inc. supports with in-kind donations.  Your brush purchases make it possible for us to continue to give to art programs for under served children.  Thank you for your patronage. 

Free Arts NYC provides under-served 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.

Free Arts NYC was founded in 1997 by Executive Director Liz Hopfan and is modeled after the original Los Angeles-based Free Arts, which Liz volunteered for while living in California and working as a teacher. The Los Angeles organization was founded 25 years ago by Art Therapist, Elda Unger, who initially worked with children from group homes at her home studio. She encouraged other artists to offer similar programs, which eventually led to the recruitment and training of volunteers to lead ongoing art-making groups.

The high quality of programming is defined by the focus on the human relationship as primary change agent. There are over 2,000 volunteers recruited annually to ensure that the mentor-to-child ratio never exceeds 1:3. This is because they know the difference a supportive adult makes in the development of a child.

Across schools, homeless shelters and social service agencies, the 5 core arts education and mentoring programs are brought free of cost directly to participants. All programs focus on developing specific social, emotional and creative problem-solving skills that combat the intrinsic challenges found living below the poverty line.

To catch a glimpse of the volunteer work and projects, please enjoy a video from this year's events below.

Free Arts NYC 2013 from Free Arts NYC on Vimeo.

For more information on how to give, fundraise or volunteer, refer to the Free Arts NYC newly redesigned website:

Keep Painting, 

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