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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Free Arts NYC!

Become a Teen Arts Program mentor!

We’re looking for experienced creative professionals with a BFA or MFA to become mentors in our Portfolio Mentorship program. During 1 on 1 monthly sessions as a mentor, you’ll guide your mentee through the technical and artistic process of creating a visual arts portfolio and applying to specialized art schools while serving as a positive role model!


How To Apply

Interested mentors will be required to submit an application and attend two mandatory trainings. Complete a supplemental application here.
Please email volunteer@freeartsnyc.org with any additional questions.

Required Trainings

Youth Development Training: Wednesday, February 12th: 6:30 – 8:30 pm or Thursday, February 27th: 6:30 – 8:30 pm and Program Training: Wednesday, March 11th: 6:30 – 8:30 pm or Thursday, March 19th: 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Meet your teen on Saturday, April 4th!)

Volunteer at a Free Arts Day

Free Arts Days are special volunteer opportunities that pair elementary-aged youth 1 on 1 with volunteers for an afternoon of “mini-mentoring” and art-making. While working together to create art projects based on the day’s creative theme, participants create meaningful connections with someone they might not otherwise meet.

3 hour event, includes pizza lunch. Must be 18 years or older to volunteer.

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Volunteer at an Art Prep Party

Each year over 2,600 children take part in Free Arts Days, where with the help of a volunteer mentor, they create theme based art projects. Free Arts needs support prepping the materials used in these projects. With your help, we will be able to prepare many of the materials needed in just a couple hours. No artistic experience necessary! 

2 hour event. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Volunteers that are younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult – if this applies to you, please email freeartsdays@freeartsnyc.org. We do not accept volunteers younger than 14.  

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