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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Arts Education, Arts Services

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

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Val W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My involvement with AWaH came about when my daughter, a student at BU got an internship lasting several years. Not only did I come to realize the amazing work AWaH does with the youth of Indy in expanding their horizons through the creative experience in the Arts, but I also came to realize the amazing person my daughter had grown to become as she was mentored, encouraged and helped throughout her time through this organization and the wonderful people she came to know, the experience was truly a blessing for her So when the opportunity came along to volunteer and attend last years gala event, I was 100% on board! It was such a grand event, seeing the children's art exhibited, but even more seeing the children experience their hard work, new skills and creativity being enjoyed by so many. The event truly captured what it means to invest in our youth and that investment grows throughout the community and into their future. A huge fan of the organization and it's directors and when able, very excited and thrilled to support all it has to offer!

Lisa593

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with AWaH as a teacher and volunteer. I am always impressed with their dedication to the arts and children of Indianapolis.

1 Gemma B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an art-loving Senior in high school, I’m extremely happy to be involved in Art With a Heart. I've been with the organization for about two years now, both volunteering in the classroom, and fundraising and recruiting volunteers as a member of the Junior Board, and I have nothing but good things to say about Art With a Heart. Art With a Heart gives its kids an opportunity to exercise their creative minds, and the finished art projects give each child a feeling of success and confidence. Enter an Art With a Heart classroom and you’ll likely see happy little hands hard at work on a project, such as the yarn bowls made during the 2013 summer program, or selecting crayons to make a blank white paper blossom into a unique illustration during a free drawing opportunity. When volunteering in the classroom and on the Junior Board, it's clear to me that the staff and board members are truly dedicated to the cause and care deeply about the children they're serving. The teachers treat each student with respect and affection, supporting them in their artistic process. I cannot overemphasize, Art With a Heart is a wonderful nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got the chance to work with Art With a Heart during a really cool motoring exhibit that reached out to a variety of different audiences that may not usually have a regular exposure to an organization like Art With a Heart. The interactions I had with the staff and volunteers of Art With a Heart left me with a truly positive outlook on their organization and what they do for the youth of Indianapolis!

Emma13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Art With A Heart when I was a sophomore in high school, and it has changed my life. By serving as both a Junior Board member and a two-year summer volunteer, I was able to work firsthand with the staff and experience what was going on behind-the-scenes. My time spent volunteering in an Art With A Heart classroom in a homeless shelter has been a blessing as I've gotten to know kids who thrive doing art in a way that is totally unexpected, even to them. Art With A Heart provides kids (many of whom do not even have access to simple materials like crayons at home) with the opportunity to genuinely understand and explore different art forms, and that is incredible. Moreover, I have loved my time with Art With A Heart because of its fantastic people. The staff is wonderful, full of quirky and passionate people who are no-holds-barred dedicated to their cause. Their enthusiasm is infectious.

Sarah150

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art With a Heart is truly amazing. They are dedicated to making a difference, and they do every day. Not only are they passionate and intuitive to community needs, they are also extremely organized and get things done. I always look forward to working with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, I'd like to say AWAH is a great program for children of all ages and parents who are involved in their kids development. You never know how much talent your child really has until you get them involved in something educational, exciting, challenging and fun all at the same time. That is what AWAH has been for me and my daughter's experience and it's been our 1st year with the group, my daughter Maxene has learned a lot with the group, she's 12 yrs old and loved the different projects AWAH presented each weekend, techniques learned aside from painting. I encourage anyone with a child interested in art, painting, drawing or culturally inclined to bring their child to AWAH program. I'm the parent of an AWAH student and I LOVE being involved with their activities and working with the children. Happy 10 yrs AWAH and many more to come with future artist. Lyz Wilkins

Jamie234

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was the summer intern for two months in 2011, and Art With A Heart is really a spectacular organization. The staff truly cares about the children that they work with, and they really want to make a difference in their lives. Since the children that AWAH works with are all at-risk, it's essential that they continue to be exposed to organizations like AWAH in order to give them a positive outlet for their emotions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience volunteering with Art with a Heart was really great. I loved being able to directly interact with the kids each day and see them progress throughout the year.