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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Every year professional artists commit to working with young people in our programs, supporting our long-term goal of building critical networks and leadership pathways for under-served youth into the arts. Through this access, young people develop their creativity, build skills, and gain invaluable real-world knowledge of what it takes to build a career in the arts.




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    Curtis Kulig x Topman Shopping Event

    On December 8th, the art and fashion worlds collided with the launch of innovative collection by artist Curtis Kulig for TOPMAN. TOPMAN hosted an event in their Fifth Avenue store to allow shoppers a chance to drink cocktails, enjoy soft pretzels, and chat with Kulig. Those who bought items received monogrammed handkerchiefs as a gift from [...]

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    Junior Board Art Auction in Collaboration with Uprise Art

    On Wednesday, November 18th, Free Arts NYC held our 3rd Annual Junior Board Art Auction brought to you by Bustle. Uprise Art and its immensely talented artists covered the walls of D’Agastino and Fiore while music from CHAPMAN filled the room. Sponsors included Bombay Sapphire, Fatty Sundays, Feast, Lagunitas, The Meatball Shop, Patacon Piso, Bar Catalina, [...]

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    Saks Fifth Avenue & Aquazzura Shopping Event

    On November 19th, 2015, Aquazzura Co-Founder and Creative Director Edgardo Osorio and Free Arts Board Members, Actress Kelly Rutherford and CNN’s Kate Bolduan, hosted  a night filled with fabulous footwear at Saks Fifth Avenue's 10022-SHOE. Edgardo greeted awaiting fans with a special shoe signing and gave each guest a customized sketch while they mingled and shopped his latest footwear.   [...]

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    Harper’s BAZAAR and Brunello Cucinelli Event for Free Arts NYC

    On October 15, 2015, Harper’s BAZAAR Fashion & beauty Editor Avril Graham, Soul Cycle guru and Free Arts Ambassador Stacey Griffith and Blair Clarke of Voltz Clarke Gallery hosted hosted a chic intimate cocktail event at Brunello Cucinelli’s new flagship in SoHo. Avril led a fashion presentation of the F/W 2015 collection featuring a cashmere […]

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    Free Arts NYC’s Kidsfest 2015 hosted by Dustin Yellin

    Free Arts NYC’s Kidsfest 2015 was a great success! Along with our host Dustin Yellin, 300 kids and families were able to make art alongside our creative ambassadors including, Pedro Barbeito, Kate Gilmore, Stacey Griffith, Enoc Perez and others. The Tattly tattoos, RPZL braids and Nestle face-painting provided great images for the Life is Good […]

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    MaxMara Shopping Event Benefiting Free Arts NYC

    On Tuesday, October 6th, MaxMara invited guests to their store for a shopping event benefitting Free Arts NYC. Shop through Sunday, October 11th, mention Free Arts NYC, and MaxMara will donate a percentage of sales to our organization. Free Arts would like to thank MaxMara, Vogue, and the lovely hosts, Alexandra Chelma, Zoe Buckman, Pari […]

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    Rob Pruitt Inspired Free Arts Day hosted by The Brant Foundation

    The Brant Foundation hosted its 2nd Annual Free Arts Day on Saturday, September 26th. Inspired by Rob Pruitt and supported by Tory Burch, this day welcomed 97 children from the Department of Homeless Services to Greenwich, CT for a remarkable day filled with art, fun, fresh air and much needed personal attention. The young artists [...]

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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. CLICK TO SHOP

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.