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In NYC today…


1-in-3

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:

UP
DOWN

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.



OUR OUTCOMES

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:



communication

COMMUNICATION

respect

RESPECT

cooperation

COOPERATION

connectedness

CONNECTEDNESS

creativity

CREATIVITY



problem-solving

PROBLEM SOLVING

meaningful-participation

MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION

confidence

SELF-ESTEEM & CONFIDENCE

positive-attitudes

POSITIVE ATTITUDES



EVALUATION RESULTS

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.

 

2014-2015 HIGHLIGHTS


FREE ARTS DAY PROGRAM

SELF-ESTEEM

99%

of youth reported feeling pride in their work

MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION

91%

of youth reported learning new things about art & art materials

PACT
PROGRAM

CULTURAL CONNECTEDNESS

92%

of youth reported feeling a sense of pride in their unique cultural heritage

PROBLEM SOLVING

99%

of parents modeled problem-solving & provided opportunities for their children to problem-solve

ARTS MENTORING PROGRAM

COMMUNICATION

97%

of youth reported being able to tell others what was on their mind & what they needed

POSITIVE ATTITUDES

98%

of youth said they believe when they grow up they’ll do something important

TEEN ARTS PROGRAM


PORTFOLIO MENTORSHIP

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.