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2019 in review Free Arts NYC empowers underserved youth through art and mentoring programs to develop their creativity, confidence, and skills to succeed. The organization is dedicated to leveling the playing field by providing high-quality, positive mentorship grounded in transformative creative programming. Free Arts works with community partners throughout the five boroughs that seek additional creative and career opportunities for their youth.

Teen Arts Program 65 Teens | 60 Mentors | 10 Community Partners | 120–250 Program Hours Annually 26 Company Visits | 100+ Employees | 20 Internship Placements The Teen Arts Program provides access to the arts and builds a pathway to academic and professional success with the support of a mentor. Program tracks include Portfolio Development, Creative Lab, and Internships. Tracks incorporate 21st Century skill-building workshops, networking opportunities, and visits to artists studios while also developing their vital protective factors including communication, creativity, and problem-solving. In Portfolio Development, over the course of 8 months, 7th and 11th graders work alongside their mentor on the rigorous process of building a visual arts portfolio for admission to an art high school or college. Through Creative Lab, 9th - 12th graders learn about the creative industry through visits to creative companies. Speaking with employees, they learn about different professions and career paths, often participating in mock work projects. Teens are eligible for a paid summer Internship for up to 128 hours at a creative business. Their mentor and Free Arts staff help to support them throughout the summer.


of the interns want to continue their involvement and 100% of the companies want to host Free Arts interns again

Company Visits Aesop • BFA • Blueprint NYC • Bustle • Catbird • Cynthia Rowley • David Zwirner Draper James • DXA Studios • Gensler • Getty Images • GKids • Lulu Frost • Kenneth Cole Manhattan Productions • Meantime & Co. • Skansa • Penguin Random House • Phillips Auction House Uniqlo • Viacom Velocity • Verizon • Warby Parker

Art & Cultural Visits

Beyond the Streets • Brant Foundation/Basquiat Exhibit • Brooklyn Museum • Katie Merz Nick Cave at the Park Avenue Armory • Sam Moyer and Eddie Martinez • Shari Loeffler • Sotheby’s Stephanie Hirsch • Swiss Institute - Sketchbook Project • Teens Take the Met

Internships ADAA • Betty Cunningham Gallery • Blueprint NYC • Bustle • Cynthia Rowley • David Zwirner Downing Frames • Free Arts NYC • George Adams Gallery • Getty Images • Lively • N.Peal New Art Dealers Alliance • Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance • Scarlett Showroom • Ten Arquitectos

School Acceptances

Fashion Institute of Technology • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Gramercy Arts High School • High School of Art & Design • High School of Fashion Industries Lower Manhattan Arts Academy • Parsons School of Design • School of Visual Arts

Evaluation The Teen Arts Program is evaluated using Hello Insight, an online evaluation platform created specifically for youth development organizations which measures six core social and emotional learning capacities. More than three-quarters of all youth made gains in:

The study states: “It is clear that the TAP programs are providing teens with research-based practices that are driving extraordinary gains in key SEL skills, pivotal for both obtaining and maintaining a career.”

FREE ARTS DAYS #ThereAreNoMistakesInArt

2,693 Youth | 2,556 Mentors | 71 Free Arts Days | 29 Shelters 9 Community Partners | 56 Companies Free Arts Day’s are wholly interactive, arts education activities for children, ages 6-12. Through art projects and one-on-one mentoring, the day helps develop visual literacy, creative problem-solving and design skills, while the one-on-one mentorship builds protective factors, such as communication skills, cooperation, and confidence. Mentor and child pairs work on child-directed art projects with very little stepby-step instruction. The pairs are guided by a creativity packet, with information about the day’s theme and projects (e.g. Contemporary Women, Urban Art, Winter Wonderland). The curriculum is tied into the Common Core Standards and the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning.


of the children participants were proud of the art they created


of the mentors felt they supported their buddy in their art-making



The 5th Annual Brant Foundation Free Arts Day with Urs Fischer was a special opportunity for 100 children and 100 volunteers to travel to Connecticut, to enjoy the outdoors and experience contemporary art, while meeting the artist who created it.

VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT 2,977 Volunteers | 78 Art Parties Through our employee engagement events, volunteers and community members are able to support our programming by participating in Art Parties. Volunteers hand paint bags for the children in our Free Arts Day program to take their artwork home, prepare art supplies and materials, and make holiday cards. Art Parties serve as a great way to engage additional volunteers and companies who are first being introduced to the organization while helping them to understand our mission, goals, and programming.

Mikaela “ Through my internship at NOMAA, I’ve learned the process of how to present yourself during an interview, how to put yourself out there, and how to dress professionally. I’ve gained experience in a work environment while learning new skills like social media - not a lot of people my age get that opportunity. Free Arts has given me so many opportunities that I’ve been eternally grateful for. ”

Niles “ I decided to pursue an internship at

Betty Cunningham Gallery so that I could be around art and gain experience working in an office. I’ve learned how to complete tasks in a timely manner, and how to handle art physically in a gallery space. Free Arts has really given me some terrific opportunities. Not strictly just in visual art making, but networking too. ”


earned $15/hour working between 65 - 171 hours. For all of the teens, this was their first paid job in a business environment.

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Free Arts NYC Program Highlights 2019  


Free Arts NYC Program Highlights 2019