Do you love art? Does your child? Do you enjoy sharing your passion for art and encouraging others to embrace their creativity? Consider joining our Art Buddies program!

Art Buddies is a community-based mentorship program that matches adult volunteers ("Bigs") with youth ("Littles") who have a shared interest in any form of art or artistic expression. This could include traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, sculpting, or crafts. It could also include other forms of art, such as music, digital art, photography, and spoken word art. The arts provide a healthy, creative outlet for youth and adults alike, and they provide enrichment for the community. What better foundation upon which to build and nurture a positive mentoring relationship?

Art Buddies matches meet twice per month, engaging in activities both the Big and the Little enjoy. These are free or low-cost activities that may include working on an art project together, taking a class together, attending an exhibition or concert, or visiting a museum, among many other possible activities. It's all about empowering Littles to envision - and realize - their potential. Periodically throughout the year, Big Brothers Big Sisters organizes outings in which Art Buddies matches can participate as a group in an activity or attend a museum or other venue. Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, group outings may not be possible due to health and safety restrictions.

Art Buddies mentors must be at least 18 years of age, have access to reliable transportation, and be able to commit to at least one year. Mentors do not have to be professional artists or have any background in the arts. As with all of our community-based programs, interested mentors must complete an application and screening interview, provide references, and successfully pass a criminal background check and driving records check. Littles in the Art Buddies program must be between the ages of 6 and 14 at the time of enrollment.

To become an Art Buddies mentor, click here to apply or text "Art Buddies" to 513-857-1491.

To enroll your child in the Art Buddies program, click here or call us at 513-867-1227.