Free Arts of Arizona is a therapeutic arts programs for kids in foster homes and domestic violence shelters, and it helps these kids cope with their situation and offers a way of expression through art. Artist and Mentor Frank Ybarra talks about his work with Free Arts of Arizona and his work with the kids. Robert Denning, a Free Arts Board Member, talks about the importance of helping these kids and how it impacts their lives. Several kids in the program also talk about their experience with Free Arts program and working with Frank Ybarra.
Free Arts of Arizona is holding Art from the Heart, a fundraising auction on Saturday, March 7th, 7:00-9:00pm, hosted by Neiman Marcus Scottsdale.
Free Arts has selected Fran Mallace, Vice President of Cox Media Arizona, to serve as Honorary Chair of the upcoming Art From the Heart art auction. Fran, a New Jersey native, moved to Arizona to attend ASU, and never left. She joined Cox in 1992 and since then has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility in Arizona, Atlanta and California Operations. Fran’s leadership and service also extends to the community. Currently she is on the board for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, East Valley Child Crisis Center, and AAF Phoenix Ad Club.
Frank Ybarra is the featured artist for Art from the Heart, and a long-time Free Arts supporter and Arizona native. His vibrant neo-Cubist style is instantly recognizable and his subject matter often represents themes of home , family, and the southwest. His donated painting A Moment at Home, was begun during a Free Arts Professional Artist Series where he worked with Free Arts youth to create their own paintings. Those paintings will be on display and “A Moment at Home” will be available for purchase via live auction at the event on Saturday March 7, 2015.
For more info, please visit www.freeartsaz.org