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Free Arts Minnesota

Free Arts Minnesota inspires hope and builds self-esteem for youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness, using the healing powers of artistic expression and caring adult mentors. Free Arts provides under-served youth with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help to foster the self-confidence and resiliency they need to realize their full potential.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 7/19/2012
400 First Ave North
Suite 518
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612)824-2787
Fax: (612)824-2787
EIN 41-2014576
Principal Staff Dan Thomas, Executive Director
General Information
Board Chair Jeff Putnam
Number of Board Members 14
Board meetings with quorum 8
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 10.38
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
For our 2011-2012 program year, we are on track to reaching our goal of bring arts programming to 4,000 children. We have established relationships with 15 new social service facilities, bringing our total to 30 partner facilities. Of those new partner facilities, eight are in the St. Paul area, bringing our Weekly Mentorship Program to communities that were previously not reached by Free Arts.
Current Goals
We hit our expansion goal of serving 4,000 children in 2012. We also executed a summer mentorship program partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and local artist Wing Young Huie where the children worked with the artist, taking field trips to the MIA and focusing on a sports themed curriculum. This partnership culminated in an exhibition at the MIA. In the fall we will be launching a healthy eating food education curriculum to the youth in our Weekly Mentorship Program.
Community or Constituency Served
We serve at-risk youth ages 3-20
Geographic Area Served
The communities from which the youth in our programs are drawn are some of the most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Among them are the Powderhorn, Phillips, Seward, Central, Bancroft, Near North, Frogtown, Hopkins, Shoreview, East Side and University neighborhoods and St. Paul.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $394,868 80.8%
Management: $34,010 7%
Fundraising: $59,802 12.2%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2009
End of Year: $167,876 $215,544 $184,505
Beginning of Year $215,544 $184,505 $309,566
Difference ($47,668) $31,039 ($125,061)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $167,876
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2011
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