Our creative mentors empower kids!

Our mentors work one-on-one

We believe in the power of creativity and one-on-one attention to change children’s lives.

Art Buddies pairs creative mentors with kids from high-needs schools to help them discover their creative abilities, believe in themselves, and dream of a brighter future.

We partner with urban elementary schools in the Twin Cities. Our after-school programs are provided free for students ages 8-11.

Our mentors are unique

Our creative mentors come from all sorts of professional fields, including advertising, architecture and design.

They share their time and talents to help children take pride in who they are, what they can do, and who they can become through the power of creativity.

Kids thrive on the one-on-one attention our mentors provide, and we love helping children realize their creative potential!


The Star Tribune featured Art Buddies
in the “Inspired” section
on Saturday, August 24, 2019!

“It is the goofiest, most restorative hour you’ll spend,”
said Heidi Brevik Rich, Art Buddies executive director.
“It is so meaningful and joyful.”

Special thanks to John Reinan and
photographer Elizabeth Flores
for joining us at our Whittier parade day
to capture the magic and mission of Art Buddies!