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Thank you for your interest in volunteering

with Free Arts NYC!

Become a Teen Arts Program Mentor

We are now recruiting for mentors in our Creative Lab Program! Creative Lab offers teens an introduction to the creative industry and cultural institutions across New York City. Once a month, teens visit artist studios or attend workshops on professional development skills. Volunteer mentors meet twice a month with their teen (9th – 12th grade) to support them with career readiness and visual literacy skills.

Time Commitment (October 2020 – June 2021)

  • Pairs will meet twice a month (group visit and one-on-one meeting)
  • 1-2 points of communication per month to support career readiness skill-building (via email, phone, Zoom) 
  • Help teens explore their career interests, build their visual literacy, and increase their networks.

Mentor Applicant Requirements

  • Experience and enthusiasm for working with teens (9th-12th graders)
  • Interest in supporting career readiness skills
  • Ability to support visual literacy skills
  • Fine Arts background preferred
  • 1-2 years of youth development experience preferred
  • Access to the internet and a computer 
  • Technologically proficient


Interested? We would love to get to know you! Please complete this form for more information. 


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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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Free Arts Day and Art Party volunteer opportunities are on hold.