Our History

A Free Bird was founded in 2008 when multidisciplinary artist Godni Amir witnessed firsthand art’s potential to heal. His voice teacher, Gail, gave up teaching to become the primary caregiver for her husband when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Soon after, she received a cancer diagnosis herself.

Gail’s husband tragically passed away. But Gail herself made a full recovery, spurred on by her passion for music and photography.

Since then, Godni has made it his goal to bring the therapeutic power of the arts to those who have the most to live for: children. Today, AFB programs brighten up hospital rooms, provide entry into performances, and inspire children to express themselves during and beyond their time of treatment.

Recognized by Mayor Bill de Blasio for our positive impact, we work primarily with hospitals and pediatric cancer centers in New York and New Jersey.  A Free Bird has operated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization since 2011.

A Free Bird became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in 2011.