Let’s Get Creative About Our Youth!
Free Arts NW celebrates youth by showcasing their art in local communities within the Pacific Northwest.
Research indicates that exposure and involvement in the arts help youth to be more successful as they transition into adulthood. Having pride in ones work, community recognition, and being involved in a community service project are known strategies which prevent youth from engaging in risky behaviors and help them to thrive.
Free Arts NW offers various programs in the Portland and Vancouver communities and will be introducing additional programs throughout the year. All activities are always FREE to the children and youth being served.
Spring Break Film Camp: These camps are an amazing opportunity for youth, 13 to 18, to learn how to create films from professionals in the field. Over the last two years, youth have created 9 short narrative films in the genres of Drama, Thriller, Silent, Film Noir, Comedy, Suspense, and Science Fiction. Participants have had the privilege of viewing their completed films on the big screen which provides an intense feeling of pride and accomplishment to all youth who participate and for their family and friends.
After School Programming: Free Arts NW works with various schools in providing arts curriculum for students. Recent projects consist of a PhotoVoice Project with Alice Ott Middle School and a Media Club with Reynolds High School.
Saturday Art Classes: In partnering with the Housing Authority of Portland, Free Arts NW provides Saturday classes for families and for adolescent females in SW Portland. Developing a greater sense of community and pride is incorporated in the programming.
Youth Leadership Groups and Conferences: By partnering with various prevention coalitions and youth serving organizations, Free Arts NW works with youth in creating group art projects with the purpose of enhancing their sense of belonging, purpose and community.
Community Free Arts Days: Periodically during the year, Free Arts NW brings a day of arts, fun and community to neighborhoods. Free Arts Days provide a forum for children to explore various forms of the arts and to enjoy time with friends and family while having opportunities to meet new friends.
Youth on a Mission Mural
Vancouver Housing Authority Intersection Mural