Free Arts facilitates 46 weekly groups at 23 community agencies across the Twin Cities. Teams of 4-6 mentors go to these agencies at the same time each week to provide arts programs and be a caring presence to the youth there. Groups meet from October to April with a three week break in winter. Some groups also elect to participate in an 8 week summer program. Volunteers can plan their own art activities or use Free Arts curriculum in their group. Successful mentors are caring adults who want to support youth in our communities…that’s it!
|418||Weekly Mentorship Volunteers|
|6,937||Volunteer Hours for Weekly Mentorship|
|$153,575||Value of volunteer hours|
We work directly with the youth at a variety of great non-profit social services and community empowerment organizations, like People Serving People, the Boys and Girls Club and more.
$150 provides one year of art supplies and a caring mentor to a child in our programs. Donate
Individual community members can apply any time to be a mentor with Free Arts. The general commitment is 90 minutes once per week. This time includes 15 minute set up, 60 minute group, and 15 minute clean up. Some of our mentor teams get together outside of Free Arts time to discuss art projects and socialize. Other groups utilize the 15 minutes before and after group to plan.navigate Apply Now
This is a good option for individuals who want to mentor but can’t make a weekly commitment. CREATE volunteers sign-up to work with youth on a semi-regular basis at the partner agency, without the every week commitment that is required for Weekly Mentorship. The general commitment is a minimum of 3 sessions per term which are 1.5-2 hours. Every site has a set of planned arts curriculum relevant to their themes and areas of development.navigate Sign Up Now
“I laughed, I cried (twice.) I left with a huge crush on humanity after spending 6 hours with all of these people who are willing to give so much of themselves to be someone to a bunch of kids.”
– New Mentor