The only nonprofit organization in Arizona that delivers creative and therapeutic arts programs, at no costs, to children ages 3 to 21 who have faced abuse, neglect, and homelessness, Free Arts focuses on healing those children through artistic expression. The majority of children served live in:
Domestic violence or homeless shelters with a parent or guardian
Foster care group homes
Residential treatment centers as they work through issues stemming from physical, sexual, or substance abuse and violence
Each year, nearly 79,000 children in Arizona experience the pain of abuse, neglect, or homelessness. For these children, the extreme and prolonged stress of their traumatic experiences often becomes toxic, affecting their bodies, their brains and their development. This “toxic stress”, if left untreated, can impair a child’s brain development, focus, and decision making skills.
Artistic expression gives children a much needed “release valve,” the chance to explore new ways of expression, and the freedom to create in a judgment-free environment. Free Arts programs provide a comprehensive continuum of creative arts experiences that build self-confidence and critical life management skills among abused and homeless children. Free Arts helps to build resilience by:
Creating a safe and positive environment where children can express themselves
Connecting children with caring adults
Allowing children to learn and practice artistic and life skills
Connecting children with their peers and community
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