free arts Volunteer News june 2011

If you can walk you can dance; if you can talk you can sing.

- Zimbabwean proverb


Summer Mentorship Update

Happy Summer! Even though the weather has been a bit unpredictable, here at Free Arts we are bright and sunny making sure the healing power of art is brought to abused, neglected, and at-risk youth. At three of our sites, we are continuing mentorship through the summer. welcomeThis summer we have 6 groups with almost 40 volunteers. We are so grateful to these volunteers to donate their time during the busy summer months! Our summer programs each have a specific curriculum designed for the age of the children who are participating in the program. The themes for the summer include- ‘Art Rocks!’, ‘Art from the Heart’, and ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’. We are so excited to see the results of our summer programs because art needs to be a year-round season!


Refer a Mentor- As recently announced; we will be doubling our efforts here at Free Arts to reach twice the number of youth. This means that we will need even more committed and enthusiastic mentors, just like you, to help us achieve this goal! Who better to recommend other people to volunteer with Free Arts than YOU? Do you have a family member or friend who would be great with working with youth? Direct them to check out our webpage, fill out the online application, or contact Esther for more information! (We have a contest in the works for the mentor who refers the most people to volunteer with Free Arts)


Summer Opportunities- Just because weekly mentorship has slowed way down does not mean that there are not plenty of opportunities to still get involved with Free Arts! We have several one-day events where we need volunteers to come out and help us promote Free Arts and lead an art project. Coming up in the next month:

On Thursday June 23rd, United Health Group will be hosting a Free Arts Day at Northside Children’s Development Center from 9-3. We are looking for volunteers on the day of the event for set-up, clean-up, Art Pals, and registration. Contact Julia if you are interested in being a part of this day!

On Saturday June 25th, we will have a booth at the Burwell House Ice Cream Social in Minnetonka. Come out and see us, buy some art from local vendors, or contact Esther if you are interested in helping out the day of the event! The event goes from 10-4. Check out this website for more information.

Youth Opportunities- We recently created more opportunities for teens and youth in our community to become involved in Free Arts. These include joining the Free Arts Street Team, Social Media Volunteering, Art Supply Drives, and Parent-Child Mentor Teams. If you know an interested teen, contact one of our interns, Breanna, for more information.




Our Community

On May 28th, 2011 a number of our dedicated Free Arts volunteers and staff joined the community of North Minneapolis in a Tornado Relief Event at Farview Park. This day was a chance for members of the community to come together, create fun activities, and just hang out and show support for the victims of the May 23rd tornado. Free Arts Minnesota provided an awesome face painting activity and community art project that children and adults of all ages loved. To see more pictures, check out our facebook page.

our community

Free Arts Minnesota will be hosting an event on Saturday July 9th from 1pm-3pm at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field. This will be an opportunity for the Free Arts Community to get together on a summer afternoon, do a fun art project, hang out, and share about helping kids through art. There are also a few fun other events going on this day at the open field, including: yoga, bullwhip lessons, and an art swap. Feel free to bring your own food, grill, games, etc on this day; it will give us a chance to hang out with the community! (The is also a Garden Grill by D’Amico so food can be purchased at the event too) Remember to bring a piece of artwork to swap and bring home something new! For more information regarding the event visit this site.



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wish lists

We are constantly collecting art supplies and various items to give to our sites for art projects! Click here for the items that we need to start a new art supply closet at a new site. There are also many useful recycled items that can be used for various art projects. Click here to see our recycled items wish list and see if you have anything that you do not need to throw away!

If you happen to work in or near LaSalle Plaza, the building is hosting an art supply drive for Free Arts Minnesota the week of June 20th-24th.

If you are interested in coordinating a supply drive for Free Arts, contact Hannah for more information.