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Free Arts named a ‘Pioneer of Children’s Wellbeing’ by Ashoka, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A Free Arts mentor helps a child paint a mural. (Courtesy of Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona)

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona has been selected as a Pioneer of Children’s Wellbeing by the social change-focused organization Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The goal of the project, according to Ashoka Changemakers, is to “work with thought leaders, influencers and one another to break down traditional divides, share leading practices and align around needed cultural shifts to cultivate a culture of wellbeing for every child in the United States.”

“Our mission and that of Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are fully aligned in our effort to create a better world for our children,” said Free Arts Executive Director Alicia Sutton Campbell. “It is both humbling and incredibly exciting to be part of this progressive and important movement in our country.”

Ashoka was founded in 1980 by Bill Drayton based on the idea that the most powerful force for good in the world is a social entrepreneur: a person driven by an innovative idea that can help correct an entrenched global problem.

Inspired by the Sanksrit word Ashoka, meaning “the active absence of sorrow,” and the Indian Emperor Ashoka, one of the world’s earliest great social entrepreneurs, the organization has built a community based on a Fellowship Support System that shares its knowledge and support.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, RWJF has supported research and programs targeting some of America’s pressing health issues, from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care.

For more information about Free Arts, visit www.freeartsaz.org.

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