Free Arts Minnesota

Mission Statement

Free Arts Minnesota works with youth in challenging circumstances to support artistic and personal development through a unique combination of mentorship and arts learning. We strengthen communities by: * Partnering with social service agencies, community organizations, and local artists. * Engaging underserved youth with the arts allowing creativity to drive learning. * Building positive mentoring relationships. * Expanding arts programming to under-resourced neighborhoods.

Contact Information

Address
400 First Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone
6128242787

General Information

Alternative Name
Free Arts for Abused Children
EIN
412014576
Principal Staff
Sara Sternberger
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
7
Volunteers
400
Number of Clients
2000

Board

Board Chair
Jane Hopkins Gould
Number of Board Members
17
Board Meetings with Quorum
11
Average Member Attendance
10.6

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments
Reached 2,000 youth across all programs and added three new partner sites Increased Teaching Artists at all partner sites Revised Logic Model to better explain our programming and measure impact Implemented pre- and post-survey with youth served through Weekly Mentorship which are demonstrating significant impact for our youth Created more flexible volunteer opportunities to engage more individuals/organizations with Free Arts; added CREATE Workshop, Art Cart (pending) and Art Stuff Strengthened our brand by improving marketing and PR materials (printed, web-based, social media) - redid all collateral marketing pieces and created identities for our fundraising events
Current Goals
Reach 2,000+ youth Increase partners sites from 23 to 26+ Evaluate statistical significance of youth pre- and post-survey results Increase foundation and corporate support through grants and sponsorship Achieve a balanced budget and improve cash reserves Improve fundraising events contribution to the bottom line Increase diversity of the board
Community or Constituency Served
Free Arts Minnesota works with 20+ partner sites that serve youth who are facing challenging circumstances such as chronic poverty, homelessness, abuse, and/or mental illness. Organizations include homeless shelters, family violence agencies, mental health treatment centers (day services & residential), and culturally focused organizations. Free Arts works with partner organizations that either do not have consistent arts learning programs or do not have consistent caring adult mentors and volunteers interacting with youth.
Geographic Area Served
We work with partner sites in the Twin Cities 7-county metro area.

Finances

3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $435,287 82.6%
Management $35,305 6.7%
Fundraising $56,259 10.7%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $421,137 $401,368 $300,077
Beginning of Year: $401,368 $300,077 $167,876
Difference: $19,769 $101,291 $132,201

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