“Free Arts has been quietly demonstrating the powerful healing art can have on children – and we think it’s time for their story to get a little louder,” said American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons.
Phoenix, Ariz. (PRWEB)
August 10, 2017
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has awarded Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona (Free Arts) a $2.5 million grant to double the organization’s physical space and provide funding for two of its signature programs. The grant will establish The Bob & Renee Parsons Center for Hope & Healing, expand programming and reach children Free Arts had previously been unable to serve.
“Free Arts has been quietly demonstrating the powerful healing art can have on children – and we think it’s time for their story to get a little louder,” said American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons. “Renee and I have no doubt that with added space and resources, Free Arts will have a larger impact on the community and will empower even more children to create a better future for themselves.”
Free Arts harnesses the healing powers of art to help abused and homeless children build resiliency and learn to trust and heal. All of the children in Free Arts programs have experienced combinations of family trauma, homelessness and violence. To begin the healing process, Free Arts provides mentoring, a caring community and an opportunity to learn new skills and express themselves.
“The work being done by Free Arts is providing hope and a pathway to healing for children who have gone through serious and traumatic experiences,” said business woman and philanthropist Renee Parsons. “Bob and I have been fortunate enough to witness the incredible difference art is making in the lives of these children, and we are happy to continue our support of this great organization.”
As part of the funding, Free Arts will be able to purchase the building in which they currently rent space and conduct major renovations to accommodate onsite programming, staff and volunteer growth and create a community center that can be utilized for training, workshops and events. Historically, programs have been limited to children living in foster care group homes and homeless shelters, but this…