In our programs, youth and parents develop communication and problem-solving skills through art-making. The relationships they build with program facilitators and volunteer mentors create a supportive community that fosters confidence and self-esteem.

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In April of 2012, with the guidance of Red Peak Branding, Free Arts NYC embarked upon a rebranding initiative of our now 16-year-old organization. Our new identity provides renewed momentum to further impact the lives of underserved children and families.

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    Video of Dustin Yellin Inspired Free Arts Day at Pioneer Works

    On April 12th, Dustin Yellin and Pioneer Works welcomed 65 children from the NYC Department of Homeless Services for a day of art, fun and personal attention from volunteer buddies. They created art inspired by Dustin’s works, including collage self-portraits, layered sculptures, and marbleized murals & bags. Thank you to everyone who helped make the […]

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    Free Arts NYC Celebrates Rashid Johnson with Beats By Dre

    Thank you to everyone who supported our 16th Annual Art Auction celebrating Rashid Johnson with Beats By Dre. After an exciting night, we raised a record-breaking $1.1 million. Over 400 guests, including Brooke Shields, Kelly Rutherford, Sarah Hoover, Richard Phillips, Tali Lennox, Cleo Wade, Max Snow, Waris Ahluwalia, and Thelma Golden sipped cocktails and bid […]

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    Art from the Heart

    Art from the Heart is an annual event that celebrates the accomplishments of youth and families in our programs. This year we installed hundreds of their artworks at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and welcomed over 300 guests. Special thanks to Dance United for their interactive performance, Patacon Pisao for the cachapas and tres […]

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    Objets d’Art: Swarovski & CFDA Nominees

    Swarovski commissioned their 2015 CFDA award nominees to create a one-of-a-kind crystallized objet d’art inspired by the theme “disruption”: Public School, Rosie Assoulin and Ryan Roche for womenswear, Orley, Ovadia & Sons and Hood by Air for menswear, and Eva Fehren, Paul Andrew and Mansur Gavriel for accessory design. All proceeds from the objets d’art […]

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    Shop Amazon Smile for Free Arts NYC

    When you shop on smile.amazon.com, select Free Arts NYC as your charitable organization and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to support our programs. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3958495

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    The Kooples Photo Auction on Paddle8

    The Kooples took its iconic black leather jacket on a worldwide trip. Top photographers flew around the world to document scenes of diverse couples in daily life. Eight professional photographers, fourteen locations. All to support Free Arts NYC. VIEW THE AUCTION ON PADDLE8

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    Please join us for Free Arts NYC’s Annual Art Auction celebrating Rashid Johnson with Beats by Dre. The event will be held on April 29th from 7-10pm at 31 Chambers Street with a silent auction & cocktails throughout the evening and a live auction at 8:30pm. Special thanks to Gucci. VISIT EVENT WEBSITE & PURCHASE […]

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    Jason Dussault “Deconstructive / Constructive”

    Bullet & Glenn O’Brien host the opening reception of Jason Dussault’s “Deconstructive/Constructive” on March 19th from 6-8pm at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery. The exhibition will be on display from March 20-April 8. Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery 527 West 23rd Street New York City RSVP: nelson@workhousepr.com

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    Teen Arts Program: Portfolio Mentees’ Hard Work Pays Off

    During weekly sessions in our Portfolio Mentorship program, teens work 1-on-1 with artist mentors to create a visual arts portfolio, build interview skills, and apply to an arts high school or BFA program. Mentors help the teens learn specific artistic skills and strategies like perspective and pointilism,terms and vocabulary, and also offer inspirational works by […]

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    Annual Art Auction celebrating Rashid Johnson

    SAVE THE DATE: FREE ARTS NYC  ANNUAL ART AUCTION CELEBRATING RASHID JOHNSON Wednesday, April 29th New York City More info coming soon.

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    SAVED Wines Gift Set

    Scott Campbell recently developed a limited edition box set for Free Arts NYC. The sleek black wooden box contains SAVED Red Wine and “Magic Maker” Rose and features Scott’s original artwork. He developed the edition of 100 boxed sets as an extension of his commitment to our arts mentoring programs, with 100% of proceeds benefiting […]

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    Redeem Amex Points for Free Arts NYC

    AMEX MEMEBERS GIVE: Starting at 1,000 points Membership Rewards points can be donated to any non-profit registered with Members Give. For every 1,000 points redeemed through Members Give, $10 will be donated to the designated non-profit up to 500,000 points in a calendar year. After 500,000 points have been redeemed in a calendar year, for every […]

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    Shop Art Markit

    For a limited time only, a percentage of sales from Art Markit product will benefit Free Arts NYC. Art Markit brings together everyday products by renowned and crowd-sourced artists from around the globe onto one convenient shopping site. Shop for products by artists including Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Kenny Scharf, Curtis Kulig, Barbara Kruger, Yoshitomo Nara, […]

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    Joe Fresh presents Kidsfest NYC with Support from Flik Flak

    WITH GUEST ARTISTS: On Saturday, November 15th, over 250 kids and parents enjoyed an afternoon of fun; including t-shirt stamping with our sponsor Joe Fresh, fun photos with Flik Flak and art making alongside guests artists Michael De Feo, Richard Haines Saul Schisler, Jason Woodside and more!

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    Elisa Contemporary Art

    Elisa Contemporary Art is a contemporary art gallery that believes that art is a gift to be shared, to be given and received with appreciation, respect and awareness. For that reason, they also believe in sharing the profits from the sale of works of art with philanthropic organizations that are dedicated to the healing, enriching and […]

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    Scott Campbell: Adoptive Ink on Nowness

    For Free Arts NYC, artist Scott Campbell created a collaborative “karmic mentorship” inspired by the permanence of tattoos. The session was part of the Free Arts NYC Annual Auction, hosted by Marc Jacobs, who has an extensive collection of tattoos by Campbell and helped introduce his inky designs into the world of fashion. “Ten kids […]

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    Scott Campbell Limited Edition Prints

    Scott Campbell created a special limited edition print for Free Arts NYC. The prints are letterpressed in custom ink and each individually hand touched with oil paint by the artist. ENOUGH 2014 18″ x 40″ Letterpress & custom ink mix Individually hand touched by the artist Edition of 20 $2,500 each PURCHASE YOURS NOW > […]

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    Scott Campbell Workshop on the Front Page of WSJ

    On April 12th & 13th, Scott Campbell held a workshop with some inspiring and creative young people from Good Shepherd Services. On Sunday, a group of volunteers paired up with them at Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn for a very meaningful, very permanent project. Read more on WSJ

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    Scott Campbell Inspires Kids in the Bronx

    Scott Campbell recently spent an evening with kids from our Arts Mentoring Program at Stratford House in the Bronx, teaching them about how he became a professional artist, his creative process and artistic inspirations, and creating some very special artworks to be displayed alongside his work at the Annual Art Auction on April 30th. Inspired [...]

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    André Saraiva Limited Edition Prints

    André Saraiva created a special limited edition Mr. A print for Free Arts NYC. The prints are individually hand touched/splattered and are signed by the artist. Mr. A 16″ x 16″ Hand touched screenprint Edition of 50 $250 each PURCHASE YOURS NOW > Please note: The purchaser pays the cost of shipping. International shipping varies […]

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    A to Z Project Merchandise On Sale Now

    Following an exciting Free Arts rebrand, t-shirts, tote bags, prints and holiday cards are now available for purchase. With a new logo and typeface created by 45 artists, our merchandise captures the unique creativity of our programs. SHOP NOW

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    Lulu & Leo Fund Partnership

    We’re incredibly honored and excited to announce our partnership with the Lulu & Leo Fund. We’re so inspired by Kevin and Marina’s investment in our PACT Program and know that their belief in the importance of supporting families will help to grow the reach and impact of our program.   FULL PRESS RELEASE: The Lulu […]

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    Blauvelt by Richard Phillips

    Richard Phillips generously created a limited edition print exclusively for Free Arts NYC, inspired by the advertising images in fashion from the late 1960’s or in today’s parlance “Mad Men Times.” PURCHASE YOURS TODAY >

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    Welcome to the New FreeArtsNYC.org!

    We’re very pleased to welcome you to our new and improved website, designed by Rivington Design House incorporating our new logo and branding created by Red Peak. Take a look around and please feel free to contact our Marketing Manager, Bernadette at bernadette@freeartsnyc.org with any questions, comments or suggestions.