Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is pleased to announce they have selected local artist, Isaac Nicholas Caruso to design and paint a mural on the front of The Bob & Renee Parsons Place for Art and Transformation. The organization’s new building is located at 352 E. Camelback Road.
“The new building will allow us to reach more children in need,” said Alicia Sutton Campbell, executive director, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. “Our vision was to create an iconic building on Camelback Road and the mural on the front is going to be something everyone sees as they drive by. We’re excited to see what Isaac creates!”
Caruso, a 31-year-old artist and creative director is a native Phoenician. He paints powerful and uplifting public art that gives communities a visual identity. He tries to make the world a better through public art and enjoys getting the community involved in his work. He is set to begin outlining the mural on the outside of the Free Arts building the week of March 23.
In a special partnership with Free Arts, Isaac will work with two young adults from the Free Arts alumni program. They will serve as apprentices to Isaac and will assist him on the major paint days. On Saturday, March 28, Free Arts was scheduled to hold a community paint day with children from local shelters and foster care group homes, board members, alumni, and volunteers. However, due to current health concerns, only Isaac and his Free Arts alumni apprentices will work on the mural that day. The mural is set to be complete by April 8.
Caruso, who first heard about Free Arts from his father, who was a social worker at a high school says, “I have always wanted to collaborate with this organization because I have heard about the incredible work they do with children who have experienced trauma. In these strange times, we need to focus some of our thoughts on community and creative exploration to maintain a healthy psyche. I look forward to working with some of their alumni and making a profound contribution to our community with this amazing team of healers.”
The children served by Free Arts have experienced combinations of family trauma, homelessness, and violence. To help build resilience and begin the healing process, Free Arts provides mentoring, a caring community, and an opportunity to express themselves and learn new skills.
The new building was largely funded by grants from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. A longtime supporter of Free Arts, the Foundation has granted more than $4 million to the organization over the past six years.
About Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Founded in 1993, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is a nonprofit organization that works to transform children’s trauma to resilience through the arts. Free Arts programs include creative elements that promote safety, self-expression and a sense of belonging. Free Arts programs are delivered by 900 volunteer mentors and artists who serve more than 8,000 children annually through partnerships with 43 social service child welfare agencies at 100+ sites across Maricopa County. For more information on Free Arts, visit: www.FreeArtsAZ.org.