ART ON WHEELS NFP

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 3108 1/2 West Leigh Street Richmond VA 23230

Mission: Art on Wheels brings comprehensive arts programming to communities with limited access to the arts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's not just what Art on Wheels does, but how they do it. The staff is the organizations biggest asset. They are talented at art and at the art of empowering others through art. This is evidenced by projects that look like they are created by seasoned artists - yet, they are done by Art on Wheels clients': those will little access to art or art education!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as a board member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Go bigger - expand programming to encompass a larger definition of art.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Word of mouth

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

increase staff capacity

What is its top priority in the long run?

contributing to a vibrant, creative and healthy community

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is doing great things in the Richmond area. Their diverse and unique programing provides great experiences for the students. The Exec Director and Director of Programming are very skilled artists and teachers. I have watched them take a room full of elderly public housing residents, many of whom had never touched a paint brush before, and by the end of the day these women had made their own silk scarves.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen first hand this orgnaization grow and establish a wonderful reptuation in the Richmond area through hard work and great services

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more staff so they could expand their programing to more sites

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Responsible in planning the special programming for a small non-profit and historic site, I was looking for an unique art series to host for my patrons. With the help of Art on Wheels I was able to plan numerous one-hour workshops that catered to our guests aged 3-103.

Each workshop started off with Kevin and Andrea giving the participants an idea of the history of the craft, linking the workshops to our mission, and giving the participants that much more special of an experience. The workshops were reasonable in time, and easy to set up and break down....leaving no mess for me to take care of! Perfection.

Many events are still planned at Hanover Tavern today, and although I no longer work there, I will be attending the events to spend time with Andrea and Kevin, who have become friends and colleagues in the non-profit world!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Andrea and Kevin would help me plan art workshops and series a year in advance, and work with me to come up with a reasonable cost for our event budget, and the patrons. And in the end, events were well attended, fun, and enriching.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it grow so it can reach an even broader audience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have found that the owners are truly sincere in their devotion to this organization. They have put their heart and souls into bringing a hands-on concept to folks who would never have that chance before, They are paying forward to the community in a true inspiring field!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen lives changed, through stories shared

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to get the word out to other groups to get their places involved in getting Arts On Wheels to come their way.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Art on Wheels brings an amazing and much needed creativity to a city bent on depriving its citizens of art and music. As a long time supporter, I have had the privilege at get to know the founders and attend some of their events , and I have seen, first hand, how introducing art in a hands-on manner really empowers a person, which in turn will empower the community. By providing a creative outlet to many who are physically, mentally, emotionally and financially at a disadvantage, it brings a completely new, more positive perspective to someone's life. It's this positivity, coupled with a bottomless motivation to help those around them, that makes Art on Wheels and its founders truly remarkable. Having the patience to help many groups of people who normally don't receive any sort of artistic release--homeless and community homes, abuse shelters, elderly and mentally challenged facilities--acts as a lifeline and a way of expressing emotions that many of their students struggle with. It's amazing that created their dream from scratch--a way of sharing their love of art with people who can really enjoy and benefit from it. Richmond, Virginia is truly indebted to their vision.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Narrowing it down to the most poignant experience, I attended an art opening that Art on Wheels, in conjunction with the Greater Richmond Association of Down Syndrome, held at the VA Science Museum to showcase murals that were created and hand painted by children with Down Syndrome. Talking to parents and hearing their appreciation that their children had found a way to open up emotionally through a creative outlet was truly touching.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make it a national organization so that they could touch lives everywhere and help bring art to the entire country.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Art on Wheels came and did a great program with the children I work with at a local homeless shelter. It was great time for the kids to spend with their mothers and learn about really cool/different art projects. The kids had a blast and loved creating with their families!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

continuing to work with the families after the Art on Wheels program ended. The families communicate stronger since the program. On a personal note, I have made projects at home with my own family that I learned from the Art on Wheels program!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have nothing to change!

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