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Mission Statement

Art Buddies is a creative program for inner-city kids. We believe in the power of creativity and one-on-one attention to change children’s lives. Art Buddies, a program of the nonprofit Creatives for Causes, pairs creative mentors from advertising and design with children from low-income families in Minneapolis. We help the kids discover their creative gifts, believe in themselves and dream big dreams. We help them create something fanciful, unique and more ambitious than they may have imagined, then celebrate that achievement in an exciting parade. The children feel joy and pride in their success, and we love helping them succeed!


We bring creative joy to children.

Art Buddies helps kids from low-income families discover their creative gifts while building confidence and big dreams. We pair each child with a special creative volunteer: a mentor from the exciting fields of advertising, design and architecture.

Mentors work one-on-one.

At every program, creative volunteers work one-on-one with their child. The kids are amazed that they each get their own adult. One boy told us, "Art Buddies is cool, cuz you get your own person!"

Our workshops last from 7 to 10 weeks, with 40 mentors helping 40 kids create something fanciful and unique. It could be a costume of their future self. Or a model of their dream city. Or an image of each child as "ruler of the world."

No matter what the activity, our goal is always the same: to help the children believe in themselves and expand their vision of who they can become.




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