1 IN 3 CHILDREN LIVE IN POVERTY
working daily to overcome the challenges of income, housing, health, and educational inequalities.
Recognizing how these disadvantages impact youth and families, Free Arts NYC’s programs are designed to:
Programs do this by creating regular opportunities for youth and families to build the problem-solving skills, creativity, and community that will help them overcome challenges and thrive.
All Free Arts programs support the development of protective factors, “conditions that buffer young people from the negative consequences of exposure to risk factors, either by reducing the impact of the risk or by changing the way youth respond to it” (Americans for the Arts).
Specific protective factors our programs cultivate in youth include:
SELF-ESTEEM & CONFIDENCE
Each year Free Arts youth and families show significant increases in all measured protective factors, making them better equipped to achieve personal, professional and academic successes.
FREE ARTS DAY PROGRAM
of youth reported feeling pride in their work
of youth reported learning new things about art & art materials
of youth reported feeling a sense of pride in their unique cultural heritage
of parents modeled problem-solving & provided opportunities for their children to problem-solve
ARTS MENTORING PROGRAM
of youth reported being able to tell others what was on their mind & what they needed
of youth said they believe when they grow up they’ll do something important
TEEN ARTS PROGRAM
All teens gained admission to at least one high school of their choice – with acceptances including the High School of Art and Design, and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
MUSEUM & STUDIO VISITS
Teens reported learning how to analyze artworks from diverse perspectives, and 80% said they were inspired to continue engaging with New York City’s arts and cultural community.