Project 28: Free Arts For Abused Kids in Phoenix, AZ January 2013

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona works to bring the healing powers of the creative arts to abused, neglected and homeless children by partnering with over 100 group homes, treatment centers and shelters in Maricopa County. To look at the size of their operation, the number of volunteers with boots on the ground in different areas of the county, is to be in awe.

They rely on creative volunteers to share their talents in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, creative writing and other artistic projects, Free Arts helps children build self-esteem by unlocking their imaginations.  The children served have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, and have been placed by the state into a group home. Still other children live with one parent in a domestic violence shelter or both parents in a homeless shelter. Some children live in residential treatment centers where they work to conquer painful issues of physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, and violence. This organization gives children need the chance to express their hopes, fears, frustrations and emotions.

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