Free Arts Days (FAD) are daylong festivals at which 75–100 kids are paired individually with a mentor/volunteer. The pair then completes a series of arts projects, which are centered on a common theme. Each festival closes with a live performance by a music, theater, or dance troupe. Performers are hired on a single-contract basis and may not be invested in the goals of the program. Through this improvement, Free Arts NYC will establish ongoing partnerships with performers and collaborate with them to develop programming. The performers will engage in a strategic planning process with FAD staff to establish goals, structure, and methods to promote participant engagement and integrate performances with FAD themes and activities.
Free Arts NYC wants to improve its Free Arts Day (FAD) program, which promotes arts engagement among underserved and homeless New York City youth.