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Free Arts Minnesota

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.

Mission Statement
400 First Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 6128242787
Other Names Used Free Arts for Abused Children
EIN 41-2014576
Principal Staff Sara Sternberger
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 7
Number of Volunteers 400
Number of Clients Served 2000
Tags / Keywords free arts mentors at-risk youth arts learning mentorship
General Information
Board Chair Jane Hopkins Gould
Number of Board Members 17
Board meetings with quorum 11
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 10.6363636363636
Major Programs
Weekly Mentorship$250,000
Teaching Artists Series$150,000
Free Arts Days$65,000
The STUDIO$50,000
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.
Impact and Programs

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
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $421,137
Based on information provided on 2012 to 2014
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