Free Arts NYC

Free Arts NYC

The Seven Collective is proud to partner with Free Arts NYC — a non-profit organization which provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.

TSC plans and conducts theme-based, interactive workshops (30 minutes in length). We also conduct full-day acting and spoken word workshops for youth ranging from 6 – 15 years old. We lead arts and team-building workshops for youth and adults, using theatre, poetry and movement to educate and entertain.

Workshop themes include:

Actor in Me
Art of Acting
Art of the City
Spoken Word
African Dance
Storybook Arts
Global Festivals
Modern Masters
Out of this World
Medieval Madness
Winter Wonderland

Contact us to lead a professional development or team-building workshop.

Free Arts Days are daylong festivals of art activities during which 50-100 children are paired with volunteer “buddies” in a 1:1 volunteer-to-child ratio. Hand-in-hand with their “buddies,” kids rotate through art projects based on the day’s theme, giving them the opportunity to explore different artistic materials and providing a structure around which the children and mentors can bond. At the end of the day, they enjoy a related dance, theatre, or other live performance.

A typical FAD session is structured as follows:

30 Min | Orientation About Behavior Expectations (Code of Ethics) / Theme Of The Day
15 Min | Children Are Paired 1:1 With Their Volunteer “Buddy”
 2 Hrs | Children And Their “Buddies” Rotate Through 5 Theme-based Art Projects
20 Min | Lunch For All
30 Min | Culminating Interactive Performance Related To The Theme
30 Min | Group Goodbye and Volunteer Debrief


Venues include Grand Street Settlement, The Children’s Aid Society Dunlevy Milbank Center, Union Settlement Association, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, NYU Kimmel Center and Joyce Theater DANY Studios. Visit their website and find out how you can get involved!

Contact us to lead a professional development or team-building workshop.

TSC with HBO volunteers and Free Arts staff at NYU

TSC with HBO volunteers at NYU. Photo by Tali Weiss.