Artexpo New York's Free Arts Day: NBC Coverage and Pics!

Free Arts Day

How does NYC youth Felipe Thomas feel about painting and creating art?

“It releases my inner mood and I feel good about it,” said Felipe during an NBC interview about Free Arts NYC, a nonprofit organization that fosters self-confidence and resiliency in NYC youth through mentoring and the educational arts.

Felipe was one of many children who joined the Free Arts NYC crew and actor Jane Seymour in a “Free Arts Day” mural-painting event at Artexpo New York 2010, on March 27. Before the event, Felipe was interviewed alongside Jane Seymour and Free Arts NYC Founder Liz Hopfan. Here’s the video:

With canvases generously donated by Fredrix® Artist Canvas, the Free Arts NYC team created a beautiful mural that featured everyday items from New York City scenery—but with a whimsical, fantastic spin. There were subway cars with wings, leggy trashcans that could pick up their own trash, and other wonderful creations. Have a look at our photo gallery:

The theme of the mural was “reinvention,” which corresponded beautifully with Artexpo New York 2010’s own reinvention, debuting for the first time at Pier 94 on the Hudson River. The day of the Free Arts Day event, Artexpo donated 10% of all ticket sales to Free Arts NYC.

With the help of dedicated and caring volunteer mentors, Free Arts NYC delivers creative arts programs directly to low income, homeless, abused and neglected children. Since 1998, founding Director Liz Hopfan has taken the nonprofit from a budget of $100,000 to over $2,000,000. Free Arts NYC volunteers have now served over 24,000 children and families.

We were honored and delighted to host Free Arts NYC at Artexpo New York 2010, and we’re looking forward to equally fun, inspiring events in the future!

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