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Create Workshop

Introducing CREATE...

We will be piloting a new program at St. Anne’s this spring called CREATE Workshop to better meet the needs of our short term sites and volunteers. The largest changes between CREATE Workshop and the traditional Weekly Mentorship program are: a slightly longer session less frequent sessions a smaller volunteer commitment a…

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A Quick Guide to Spring...

Greetings Mentors! Spring Mentorship begins the 3rd week of January and we’ve put together a quick guide for you to kick off the new term and year with a bang. You’ll get all the important dates, a check list of things to do, and helpful tips to make the best out…

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5 Ways to Celebrate...

This January marks the 15th Annual National Mentoring Month and Free Arts is participating by sharing our REAL LIFE Mentorship Moments. Here are 5 ways you can join us in honoring the important work our mentors do!   1. #MentorIRL Share your own story about mentoring in your life on…

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Volunteer Appreciation...

Thank you to all the fantastic mentors and friends of Free Arts who came to our Volunteer Appreciation Open House last Friday! It was lovely to see you all, make art together and hear about your mentor experiences this year. We are so incredibly grateful for the support of each…

Mentors Matter

 

Suminagashi Tutorial

Suminagashi (“floating ink”) is an ancient technique that uses ink and water to create beautiful patterns on plain paper. Suminagashi has been around since the 12th century in both Japan and China. We had a great time making suminagashi patterns with our volunteers during our recent volunteer appreciation open house….

Project Ideas, Teen Projects

Closing the Session

The last day of mentorship in a session is a great time to celebrate the joys and success of your time with your fellow mentors and with the children you work with! At mentor training we emphasize the importance of closing the relationship both at the end of every week with…

Policies and Procedures

 

Online Resources for...

Here is a list of resources our Program Coordinator Ashley used as an art teacher for her previous lesson plan ideas. These websites contain some great ideas for process driven projects during mentorship. The list includes visual arts, music, and poetry links. Preschool Age Ideas: The Activity Idea Place http://www.123child.com/act…

Project Ideas

Product vs Process

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso What is Product Art? Product art is when the end result is the main focus when planning a project. Most of us experienced product art while in elementary school when…

Art Heals, Project Ideas

 

Thinking outside the box:...

Looking for something new to try with your mentees?  Think outside of the box and use non-traditional art materials!  We have endless options in the supply closet, but here are a few projects for inspiration: Puzzle Pieces Puzzle pieces create amazing collages and sculptures!  Use the image already on the…

Project Ideas

Linking in Mentorship by...

Sometimes as mentors it is hard to break down the barrier between you and your mentees.  I have found that using a technique known as “linking” can be very helpful during weekly mentorship to find that commonality between my mentees and me. Upon researching the technique further, I found that…

How Tos

 

Minneapolis PARTNERS For...

Recently I attended a wonderful conference, Minneapolis PARTNERS For Youth, to learn about the impact of youth organizations in Minneapolis. The conference was a great mix of youth organizations, City of Minneapolis employees, politicians, and police officers who all work towards preventing youth violence in our communities. The City of…

Art Heals

Fun Noodle Art!

Appropriate Age: Preschool/ Early Elementary About the Project: Using dried colored macaroni noodles and wet colored spaghetti noodles, children are subject to a fun sensory experience that they can create mini masterpieces from! To add in another element of fun to things project you can incorporate some farfalle noodles and have…

Project Ideas