Free Arts Hosts Celebrations for Newly Renovated Facility
By Lindsay Hansen -
Thursday Jan 20, 2022
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona welcomes the local community to come learn more about the organization and their newly renovated facility in a series of â€˜Transformation Celebrationâ€™ tours from presenting sponsor Desert Financial Credit Union and sponsor Salt River Project (SRP).
â€œWe are excited to share this evolution of the Free Arts facility with partners, families and individuals who want to learn more about how our programs are helping trauma survivors heal,â€ said Free Arts Executive Director Alicia Sutton Campbell. â€œEveryone involved with Free Arts carries the mission to use arts to build resilience in every child who has experienced the trauma of abuse, neglect or homelessness.â€
The organization employs a trauma informed approach in all programs they offer, with staff, volunteer mentors and teaching artists being trained how to recognize the impact of trauma and how to approach interactions in a way that provides support and resists re-traumatization to the more than 6,000 children they serve each year.
The first â€˜Transformation Celebrationâ€™ is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2022, where attendees will tour the Bob & Renee Parsons Place for Art and Transformation before being invited to take part in art activities with professional teaching artists and hear inspiring stories featuring the work of Free Arts. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided.
Tours will take place at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Each tour group is limited to 20 members to allow for safe social distancing practices and masks are required in the Free Arts facility. Register for a tour at https://bit.ly/FreeArtsTransformation.
Members of the community will have more opportunities to join Free Arts for more Transformation Celebration events on Saturday, March 26, Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, and can currently sign-up for those tours.
The renovated 14,000-square-foot building can accommodate onsite programming, staff and volunteer growth and provide rooms for community groups that can be utilized for training, workshops and events.
The building purchase was funded by grants from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. A longtime supporter of Free Arts, the Foundation has granted more than $4 million to the organization over the past six years. Renovations of the building were completed with the help of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, The Steele Foundation, and over 20 individual donors.
About Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Founded in 1993, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is a nonprofit organization that works to transform childrenâ€™s trauma to resilience through the arts. Free Arts programs include creative elements that promote safety, self-expression, and a sense of belonging. Free Arts programs are delivered by 800 volunteer mentors and artists who serve more than 6,000 children annually through partnerships with 40 social service child welfare agencies at 100+ sites across Maricopa County. For more information on Free Arts, visit: http://www.FreeArtsAZ.org.