The Steele Foundation donates $250,000 to Free Arts Building Hope capital campaign


Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona has announced The Steele Foundation has donated $250,000 to their Building Hope Capital Purchase and Renovation Campaign, which will transform 352 E. Camelback Road from a nondescript office building to a center for art and transformation.

The new art room will be named after The Steele Foundation, according to a press release.

“We are so appreciative of The Steele Foundation’s support and commitment to our mission,” said Alicia Sutton Campbell, executive director for Free Arts, in a prepared statement. “With the gift from The Steele Foundation we have raised $3,650,000 of our $4.5 million goal. We are in the final stretch of our campaign and it’s exciting to see our dream coming to fruition.”

The new center will allow Free Arts to confidently expand programs to serve thousands of additional children and families, the press release stated.

It will explore and establish best practices for using the arts and mentoring with children who have experienced trauma. And it will showcase artwork and stories that foster a deeper understanding of children who have experienced the trauma of abuse or homelessness.

Free Arts projects that more than 66,000 people will use the renovated building over a 10-year period.

“We were excited by this project that will ensure Free Arts ability to expand the scope and depth of their incredible programs,” said Marianne Cracchiolo Mago, president of The Steele Foundation, in a prepared statement. “We know that with this new home many more children will be able to experience the healing power of the arts. We are so happy to be a partner in this expansion.”

Additionally, the building will allow for program, staff, and volunteer growth. It will create a hub where the people and the organizations that constitute the child well-being community can come together for learning, knowledge-sharing, creating, and program delivery.

Free Arts will utilize the building to engage more deeply with its existing and expanding network of nonprofits, agencies, and community members that seek to prevent trauma, build resilience, and/or improve the lives of foster care and homeless children in Arizona and nationally.

The new building is set to be complete by February 2020.