Art Buddies helps kids from low-income families discover their creative gifts while building confidence and big dreams.
Our creative volunteers come from all sorts of exciting fields — including advertising, graphic and interior design, film production, commercial photography, illustration, public relations, web design and architecture.
At every program, creative volunteers work one-on-one with their child. The kids are amazed that they each get their own adult. One boy told us, “Art Buddies is cool, cuz you get your own person!”
Our workshops last from 7 to 10 weeks, with 40 mentors helping 40 kids create something fanciful and unique. It might be a costume of a child’s future self, or a model of their dream city, or an image of themselves as “ruler of the world.”
No matter what the activity, our goal is always the same: to help the children believe in themselves and expand their vision of who they can become.
Art Buddies ends with the kids posing for professional photographers and showing off their creations in an exciting parade and performance.
Since our beginning in 1994, Art Buddies has paired thousands of children with thousands of creative people. We believe in the power of creativity and one-on-one attention to change children’s lives!