Free Arts channels creative energy to help kids overcome poverty  and homelessness

Free Arts channels creative energy to help kids overcome poverty and homelessness

Free Arts, a nonprofit organization in Westchester, is part of a nationwide network of affiliates offering healing art programs for children.

Rock N’ Events is a Los Angeles-area event planning company.

On June 4 they combine forces for Free Arts Fun Day 2016, an activity-packed fundraiser hosted by the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club.

Free Arts “uses the healing power of art to restore hope and self-esteem in children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness,” its mission statement reads. Local Free Arts programs reach more than 25,000 children in a year, with hundreds of adult volunteers donating thousands of hours.

Rock N’ Events founder Jenny Chang reached out to see if her company could offer support, and Free Arts accepted her offer to help with Fun Day 2016.

“Our love for kids is what propelled Rock N’ Events to give back to the children of Free Arts,” Chang says.

Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club donated free use of their space.

“It’s our honor to support a local organization like Free Arts that takes such a proactive stance to better the lives of local children in need,” says SMBWC President Becky Upchurch.

Free Arts Fun Day participants are treated to a casual carnival with live music, craft-making activities, food and drinks (both kid-friendly and for adults). Adults can also bid on designer clothing, accessories, luggage and home décor.

This year’s special guests include actors Ritesh Rajan (“The Jungle Book”) and James Hiroyuki Liao (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) as well as Calvin Millan, son of Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan and star of the Nickelodeon series “Mutt & Stuff.”

— Regan Kibbee

Free Arts Fun Day 2016 is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, 1210 4th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $75 per adult and $15 per child. Casual attire; complimentary valet. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.