Free Arts Minnesota brings creative expression, encouragement and positive mentorship to thousands of young people. We know, both anecdotally and from research, that spending time with adults who care makes a world of difference in a young person’s life. Giving youth the opportunity to create art can help them process their feelings, deal with tough situations, AND provide the catalyst to help begin a new chapter in their own life story: We believe this is a story focused on hope, perseverance and compassion. It is grounded in self-betterment, resilience, community engagement and artistic skill building.

We are inspired by the many hours that over 300 mentors commit to sharing their stories and their talents with the youth Free Arts Minnesota serves. We are both inspired and heartened by the stories over 3,300 youth share about their hopes and dreams via artistic mediums including paint, paper, clay, photography and spoken and written word. We are grateful for the financial support of over 600 donors. We know many of you have personal stories that drive you to ensure that our youth have the ability to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment with caring adults who help them share their feelings and ideas through the creative process.

Free Arts has been inspiring hope and building self-esteem with youth experiencing poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness since 1995. We are about to celebrate 20 years of service in our community. ART HEALS is our story and the youth we serve have many more untold stories to share.

2014 Year in Review

With your help, this is a story focused on
perseverance, hope, and compassion.

  • 46
  • Weekly Mentoring Groups
  • Meeting Weekly
  • 1.5K+
  • Annual hours
  • of engagement and arts programming
  • 3K+
  • Youth
  • Served (unduplicated)
  • 500+
  • Individuals
  • Volunteering
  • 17K+
  • Volunteer
  • Hours

There are many ways you can get involved in the Free Arts Minnesota organization. We would love to have you join us.

Special Thanks


State Arts Board

Primary Sponsor

Lifetouch Inc.

$75K+ Corporate Sponsor

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To all of our Mentors & Volunteers

We Thank You

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$25K+ Supporters
  • The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation
$20K+ Supporters
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • Pentair Foundation
  • The Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation
  • The Minneapolis Foundation
$10K+ Supporters
  • Barnes & Thornbur, LLP
  • Best Buy Children’s Foundation
  • Charlson Foundation
  • In A Perfect World Foundation
  • Richard and Catherine Schmoker
  • United Health Foundation

2014 Board of Directors
  • Jeff Putnam
  • Peter Ekberg
  • Lynn Maaske
  • Jane Hopkins Gould
  • Paul Braun
  • Pat Courtemanche
  • Dave Deal
  • Erinn Farrell
  • Paul Grillo
  • Rhonda Hansford
  • Mary Ann Heine
  • Keith Kozerski
  • Carol Smith
  • Dan Thomas
  • Marissa Upin

Corporate Sponsors

Barnes & Thornburg

United Health Foundation

Evans Larson Communications

RBC Wealth Management

Western National


Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Minnesota Bank & Trust

US Bank

Wells Fargo

  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Bobiam
  • First Avenue
  • John F. Grundhofer Charitable Foundation
  • Junior Leaue of Minneapolis
  • Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers
  • Kowalski’s Parkview Market
  • Kowalski’s Uptown Market
  • Minneapolis Kiwanis Foundation
  • Room No 3, Inc.
  • Sunrise Banks
  • The Bailey Group