Description & History

Free Arts NYC empowers underserved youth through arts and mentoring programs to develop their creativity, confidence, and skills to succeed.

Free Arts NYC is committed to bringing quality arts and mentoring programs to NYC’s most underserved youth. We define “underserved” as those facing economic and institutional disparities, youth experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness.

Youth are served through the Free Arts Day Program and the Teen Arts Program. Free Arts Days pair elementary aged youth, one-on-one, with volunteers for an afternoon of art making and mentoring with someone they would not otherwise meet. Exploring new materials and techniques, children build their confidence and creativity. Through the Teen Arts Program, teens gain access to the arts and build a pathway to academic and professional success with the support of their mentor. Program opportunities include portfolio development, artist studio visits, career exploration and paid internships. 


About the organization

Free Arts NYC

Elisabeth Rudin
Volunteer Manager
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