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

Help ensure access to the healthy escape art-making provides. Here’s how to get involved:

The Free Arts Art-A-Thon

What is the Art-A-Thon? The Art-A-Thon is a volunteer opportunity for the Free Arts community to help us reach our goal of creating 1,645 art kits over the course of two weeks. This is a remote volunteer opportunity, and you can sign up with your household or as an individual.

The Goal: To ensure access to the creative escape art-making provides and deliver 1,645 “Funkits” to Free Arts NYC youth. Funkits are pre-packed art kits with a variety of materials and a Free Arts “Funbook” full of project ideas. 

The Challenge: One Funkit of supplies takes roughly 5 minutes to make. It would take the Free Arts Day staff 6 days to make Funkits for one month. 

The Solution: Harnessing the power of volunteerism with The Free Arts Art-a-Thon!

How does it work?

Step 1: Sign up
Volunteers can sign up as an individual or with a group here and pledge the number of kits they’ll make. 

Free Arts Fact:

It takes 1 person 1 hour to make 12 kits. Think you or your group can beat that?

Step 2: Attend one of our virtual kickoff events
Join other volunteers over Zoom for a mandatory kick off event where you’ll see what supplies you’ll be picking up and learn tips and tricks from packing pros.

Event Dates:

November 10th, 5:30pm or November 11th, 5:30pm

Step 3: Pick up your kit making supplies
Volunteers will pick up their supplies at the time they designated on the sign up sheet. The pick up is located at the Free Arts office at 1431 Broadway, New York, NY 10018.

Free Arts Fact: 

If you pledge 30 kits you’ll be picking up 1 to 2 large blue bins 

If you pledge 50 kits you’ll be picking up 2 to 3 large blue bins

If you pledge 100 kits you’ll be picking up 4 to 5 large blue bins

Step 4: Make your kits over the course of two weeks (November 12 – December 5)
We’re officially off to the races! Free Arts will be in contact through email for any updates or questions as each team works towards crossing the finish line. 
Step 5: Drop off your completed kits
Participants will drop off their completed Funkits at the time they designated on the sign up sheet. They will drop them off in the blue bins provided at pick up. The drop off is located at the Free Arts office at 1431 Broadway, New York, NY 10018

Step 6: Celebrate at our virtual close out celebration We’ll send the kits off to our community partners to become artistic masterpieces and invite you to join us for a celebration at the end of the first ever Free Arts Art-A-Thon

Free Arts Fact:

Together we can provide 1,645 New York City Youth with the tools to build their creativity, confidence, and skills to succeed! 

How do I sign up?

Follow this link to the sign up sheet and register for the ultimate art supply organizing competition!

I can’t volunteer, but I would like to make a donation to support the Art-A-Thon.

Thank you for your support! Click here.