Free Arts NYC provides programs that are mobile, making it possible for our volunteers to bring creativity and hope directly into the communities where there is the greatest need. 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.
Our core programs use painting, dance, drama, writing, music, sculpture, photography and other creative outlets to help children express themselves and gain confidence and self-esteem. Working with trained volunteers and professional facilitators, Free Arts programs allow young people to gain self-confidence and strengthen their relationships with their peers, parents, guardians and mentors.
Since 1998, founding Director Liz Hopfan has taken the nonprofit from a budget of $100,000 to over $1,400,000. Free Arts NYC volunteers have now served over 24,000 children and families.
For more information about Free Arts NYC or if you would like to become a member, volunteer or donate directly or to learn more about their Annual Benefit in April, visit Free Arts NYC.
Arts to Grow (ATG) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that partners with NYC/NJ public schools and community organizations to provide music, visual arts, theater, dance and literary programs to underserved urban youth ages 5-22.
Since launched in 2005, Arts to Grow innovative model helps change children’s lives by utilizing the arts as a means to help children discover their personal, intrinsic motivation. Through highly tailored programs, each child experiences a life-changing journey that inspires them to love to learn, to recognize their value in their community, and to gain self confidence and skills necessary to become future leaders.
Arts to Grow launched its first three programs in September 2005. Since that time, their portfolio of program partners has grown to 15 programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Hoboken and Newark, N.J. Since the inception, they've offered over 90 high quality programs serving over 2,000 children. Students' artistic talents are nurtured by Teaching Artists, a customizable arts curriculum, and a 1:12 teaching artist to student ratio.
To learn more about Arts To Grow, visit them at artstogrow.org
The Art Therapy Outreach Center (ATOC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free art therapy to underserved populations in the New York City area who have experienced some form of trauma, including veterans, at-risk youth, and victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse. Our mission is to utilize the visual arts to provide a therapeutic experience for participants that will enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Ultimately, ATOC’s aim is to help clients see themselves as survivors of trauma rather than victims, and build the confidence necessary to re-engage in their communities and move on with their lives.
Art Therapy is a treatment method that uniquely combines art and psychology to explore the problems and potentials of individuals. It is a specialized way of using the power of the creative process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development.
ATOC works in collaboration with some of New York’s most respected and established nonprofits that also work with marginalized populations. The partnerships reduce duplication of services allowing more funds to be allocated to direct service delivery. Last year, ATOC recorded upwards of 2,200 client contacts and provided more than 3,300 client hours of free art therapy.
Their annual fundraiser, An Autumn Affair is will take place this year in early November!
To learn more, visit Art Therapy Outreach Center, at atocny.org