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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child loves this program. He looks forward to it every week.

Laurie17

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has attended Art With AWAH classes for five years.She was first introduced to AWAH offered as an after school program, then she later was introduced to the Saturday morning Honors Art Class. The classroom experiences she's had, have helped her to be able to see the world in a whole new light. AWAH has helped her hone the skills she already had, and has given her new skills to work with. I am a single mother, and AWAH has given my daughter opportunities she may have not otherwise gotten. She was even picked to present a piece of artwork that she alone created to present to the Founder of AWAH, at this year's fundraiser/art exhibit! AWAH gives our children a positive way to express themselves, and has opened a lot of doors for out younger generation. I personally want to thank AWAH for everything they have done for our family

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been part of Art With A Heart for over 3 years. We learned about it through her Catholic School summer program Great Spirits in Indianapolis. From that summer program, my daughter has participated in the Saturday honors program with Art With a Heart. This program has provided affordable yet exciting and educational service for my daughter. She has worked with mediums ranging from clay to water color to "trash" to felt to building small models. The teachers are kind and work well with the kids. This program has provided my daughter with a release and with self esteem that I could not do for her myself.

Emily234

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been an awesome expierence for my girls. They both go to the Saturday art class. The teachers are great, talented and very kind to all children. When my kids enjoy something, i know it is a good thing!! They also going into lower income neighborhood schools and teach art after school.

Caroline

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.