Art With A Heart

Rating: 4.84 stars   67 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2605 East 25th Street Suite 301 Indianapolis IN 46218 USA

Mission: We provide a hands-on visual art experience to educate and inspire at-risk kids K-8. Our vision is that all students have access to a high quality art education regardless of their background
Results: 5 new art teaching positions established in schools over the last three years with the assistance of funding from the Glick Fund. 90% student engagement rate in the classroom
Target demographics: more children experience a quality art education
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2000
Geographic areas served: Indianapolis, IN
Programs: summer enrichment, after school, in-school kindergarten, Honors program and contract teaching
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 02-0570317
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization's daily classes are carried out by dedicated college students and recent graduates who are passionate about helping young children and teens find a place in life when they have little to no support surrounding them - doing this through art. At a very young age children are given very high quality art supplies to use where their ideas pop off the page and are vivid! The atmosphere of smiles, confidence and calmness fills the classrooms. My 13 year old child is a student of 5 years now and has used more quality supplies and more mediums (printmaking, ceramics, charcoal, various paints, pencil, wax) then a college student. What amazes me most the diversity of students from low income families that this organization serves. They bring together all races creating another level of support. Amazing leader of the organization who digs to find funding for them. We are fortunate to be a part of Art With a Heart.

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

the enrichment of my daughter in many areas (see above comments)

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

Find a way to include more young children and teens which means locate more funding for them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a 6th grade student who goes to Sunnyside Elementary, in Lawrence Township. I was introduced to AWAH in 2nd grade by one of my favorite teachers I've ever had, Ms. Zielinski, my art teacher I had at Brook Park Elementary. I love art, it's a fun way to do whatever you want with no guidlines or right or wrong answers. And lastly, I absolutely love working with acrylics!

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I think AWAH is a good program because the teachers introduce you to more "in-depth" art projects that are more interesting, and sometimes require new, different materials than the ones we've used during regular art class at school. It is also a great program because I switched schools, but Art With a Heart still kept track of me and invited me back the next year. The fact that they really appreciate their students and their work makes them a really great program.

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I would really like if more kids would get the opportunity to participate in Art With a Heart, that way, our class could get a little bit bigger, but all in all, there is really no huge changes that need to be made to me. I love AWAH.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Art With A Heart has been such an educational blessing in my classroom. We are an inner city school with many students that have limited oppportunities. AWAH has been volunteering in my classroom for the past several years and I have seen such a tremendous improvement in my students. They offer numerous art activities that not only use many types of mediums, but also incorporate stories and literature that go hand in hand with their projects. They come weekly with experienced teachers, materials, and volunteers leaving me with nothing that I need to prepare or purchase. AWAH has been able to provide our students with educational art experiences that are absolutely amazing.

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

the ability to see growth and improvement in my students that is directly related to the AWAH program.

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

give them the opportunity to work with a broader range of schools and students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter's first experience with Art With the Heart was when she was leaving kindergarten for first grade in her Catholic School summer program. She loved the oppurtunity to express herself and to learn more about art even in her young age. She has currently been a part of Art with the Heart for the last 3 years and it has been such an important part of her life. She is shy, yet very smart and expressive. The Art with the Heart classes allows her to learn about her feelings and how to express them through art.
As a parent, Art with the Heart is great because its first and most importantly AFFORDABLE, then it is great because it teaches my daughter different forms of Art, including drawing, painting, 3-D models, ect. In addition, they had a course at our local art museum which allowed the kids the oppurtunity to see other artists and learn about them first hand. The teachers are patient, kind and really enjoy helping the kids.

With art programs being cut, Art With the Heart is an exceptionally strong program for young children to develop their artistic and expressive side no matter their skill level.

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

Watching my daughters growth and appreciation in art. This program has provided her with an emotional "out" through art.

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

Have one central location year after year.

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Rating: 5 stars  

They have created wonderful programs for children who truly enjoy coming to their classes. You can see the joy in the kids eyes when they are working on the projects developed for them. The staff is wonderful and you can tell they put their hearts and souls into everyday!

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

Everyday I walk into their classrooms.

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

Get them a larger office!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a student at Holy Cross Central School and have participated in AWAH classes since I was in 4th grade. I love art because you can creat anything you want and it will still be cool. My favorite is painting.

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AWAH is good because the teachers are good and nice, great ideas, and many diffrent things you create.

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

AWAH classes could have more suppplies so you can create more art.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I go to Westlane middle School and I have participated in AWAH since i was in third grade. I joined because I love expressig myself through art and not having to worry about making everything perfect.

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AWAH is a good program beause we do different types of art and learn different techniques.

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

I would not make any changes to this program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a student at brook park and have participated in awah classes since I was in 2nd grade. I like to come to awah classes because I love art and every one is so nice. My favorite art to do is clay.

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

because it helps me try harder on my art and helps me try new things.

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

Make time longer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

i am a student at westlane middle school. i participated in art with a heart since i was in fifth grade. i think art is fun and exciting. i love drawing and japanimation and abstract painting.

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

i love being introduced to other styles and mediums such as wax.

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

no changes i would make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In November 2010, my nonprofit organization Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach was able to partner with AWAH for an international collegiate service-learning program in Swaziland Africa. I know nothing about art, so it was truly a blessing that Kaitlin (lead AWAH teacher) was able to organize the program and obtain the art materials from donors. As is the way of the developing world, plans changed numerous times throughout the trip and Kaitlin was able to adapt with ease. If it weren't for AWAH, AWAH students who helped with preparation, and Kaitlin, art would have never reached the lives of orphans and child-headed households in Swaziland.

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

being able to offer an art program in rural villages in Swaziland where orphans had never even seen a paint brush before!!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

Well to start "Art With A Heart" is a great program. My daughter and I have been in the program provided at her school for three years now, and I could not ask for a better program for her to be in. The way she is interacted with while there is amazing she really has been given the opportunity to express herself artistically. She has never felt more free to do the type of art work that comes to her mind at that specific moment.
She loves being there every Monday and I hope to keep her in the program as long as they offer it.

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

My daughter has been in the program at her school for 3 years.

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

none

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