A Free Bird Corporation

Empower. Create. Uplift.

Brooklyn, NY   |  http://www.afreebird.org/

Mission

A Free Bird’s mission is to uplift children battling cancer and other chronic illnesses through the therapeutic arts. More than 10,000 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. We believe that access to arts education can help children in their battle against this pervasive disease, in which diagnoses are only increasing year over year. At A Free Bird, we see firsthand every day how impactful creative expression can be during the hardest time in a child’s life. The arts help them process complex emotions, find joy, and express things they can’t always say in words. Beyond the health benefits, arts education gives children something to look forward to during long days at the hospital, as well as a sense of personal accomplishment.

Ruling year info

2010

President and Creative Director

Godni Amir

Main address

539 Atlantic Ave P.O. Box 170112 Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn, NY 11217 USA

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EIN

26-2963000

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Take Flight

Our core program, Take Flight, offers pediatric cancer patients ages 4 – 18 arts education, materials, and one-on-one access to creative mentors, many of whom are distinguished professionals in the New York City arts community—all free of charge. We also provide in-home access to professional art therapists in special circumstances.

Lessons are arranged on a regular basis, depending on the needs of the child, and can be provided in the hospital or at the child’s home. Whether your child is interested in visual arts, acting, creative writing, music, or any other art form, A Free Bird will create a custom curriculum geared to their passion. Children will work toward accomplishing a goal specific to their chosen field. A rising musician? They can try their hand at mastering an instrument. A writer? They can learn to craft a story, play, or screenplay with their mentor’s guidance.

The options are endless. Each provides your child with an outlet for creative expression and a daily source of strength and purpose.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Fly Free program (for ages 4 – 18) aims to help children affected by cancer realize their artistic dreams. We celebrate the journeys of participants both as artists and survivors, giving them the full celebrity treatment and an encouraging platform to showcase their work. Every child gets to stand in the spotlight: aspiring models walk their first runway, singers perform for a large audience, and artists show their work in galleries.

Fly Free launches our more mature artists into the New York City creative community as budding professionals. We connect them with established artists in their respective disciplines and provide them with information about grants, contests, publishers, and more.

Alumni of our Fly Free program have gone on to start their own bakeries, release singles, and have their art shown at New York’s premier galleries. Most importantly, we believe that the arts not only help children become cancer-free, but remain healthy and happy throughout their entire lives.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Has your child ever dreamed of seeing an exhibit at the Guggenheim or watching an award-winning Broadway musical? Our Dream Big program strives to inspire young artists afflicted with cancer or other serious illnesses by giving them access to artistic offerings all over New York City.

Dream Big provides free, supervised visits to participants and their parental guardians to performances and events at New York’s famous cultural institutions. For the many children undergoing cancer treatment for whom going out into the city isn’t an option, we offer inpatient Dream Big programming, bringing the performance to them.

The program aims to provide each child, whether fighting cancer or in remission, with a lasting connection to the arts and the inspiration to pursue their own creative dream.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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A Free Bird Corporation

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Godni Amir

Kalpana Patel

Godni Amir