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DHS and Free Arts NYC Hold a Public Art Event for 35 Kids

On Saturday, September 21, DHS, in collaboration with Free Arts NYC, 35 students participated in a Free Arts Day sponsored by American Eagle. Saturday’s theme focused upon Public Art, and was held at the Grand Street Settlement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Free Arts NYC partners a child in shelter with an adult from a corporate sponsor for a day of art-making. Children relish the opportunity to be creative, without any barriers or wrong answers, and they overwhelmingly form a bond with their adult buddy and mentor for the day.

Throughout the course of the year, Free Arts NYC also works with DHS to hold regular events for some of the agency’s youngest clients, as it furthers its mission to provide an array of educational and mentoring programs for underserved children and families.

Since its inception, Free Arts NYC has served more than 30,000 low-income participants, providing them access to the art-making experience, paired with positive adult role models. The organization’s motto, “There are no mistakes in art!” encourages children to be creative, self-discover and express themselves in a manner that fosters confidence and resiliency.

DHS has been collaborating with Free Arts NYC for over a decade.

For more information about Free Arts NYC, visit