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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

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former Board Member of Art With a Heart (2007-2010), I can attest to the high level of programming and educational experiences provided to the children it serves. Art with a Heart is an amazing organization that brings color and vibrancy into children's lives while integrating state standards in other areas (math, literature, etc.) into a visual arts education. I cannot wait until my own daughter is old enough to attend one of its summer camps!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experiences with AWAH have all been very positive. The director and staff are all professional and of highest quality. Not only do I support the cause but I would highly recommend its to anyone seeking / needing the services AWAH provides.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became aware of AWAH through a friend / business associate. My company sponsored at table at the Gala in 2012. Shortly thereafter, I was invited to a friend-raising event. I was hooked!

I recently joined the Board of Directors and continue to be impressed by the quality of people that share the Board. In any / all of my dealings with the Staff and Executive Director, I find nothing but passion for a cause in a very professional way.

AWAH doesn't just look right; it is right! What a great service in and underserved world.

Amy_129

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned of Art With a Heart through a friend who served on the board. The mission to offer QUALITY art education to every child regardless of her situation spoke to me. Personally, the opportunity I was given to experience art in school helped to steer me toward a career in art direction. Time spent creating art made me feel confident and capable as well as joyful. Every child should be given the opportunity to see how art can fit into their lives. We hear stories about schools removing art education from their curriculum every day and it is a beautiful and hopeful thing to know that an organization is working to keep art in the lives of every student. I joined the board this summer and have been delighted by the commitment and passion of the staff and administration that I have worked with. I have also been impressed by the many different programs that service the children of this city in the ways that meet their specific needs, as well as the specialized training that the instructors receive. This organization has a huge heart and is doing great things.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son has been involved in the program for several years. I watched as it helped him with not only his love of creative arts but also his application of what he learned to other areas of his life.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the outgoing President of the Art with a Heart Junior Board. I am a senior in high school and have been a member of the Junior Board since my freshman year. I have also been volunteering for 5 years. Being involved with Art with a Heart is the best experience of my life. I have grown so much in my abilities to relate to volunteers, staff, and all of the wonderful kids I have met in the past 5 years. My favorite part is helping the kids with their artwork and seeing how proud they are once they finish a piece. I volunteer weekly and have taught some kids in the class for more than 3 years.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Art With A Heart as an involved parent since 2001 and have watched studets mature in the field. the leadership embraces the students and nutures them in manygrowth areas, teaching leadership through the Junior Boards, and guiding them through exampled Leadership.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a member of the board of directors of AWAH and have been for almost two years now. Art with a Heart is an amazing organization that provides hands on arts education to children who might not otherwise be exposed to such educational opportunities and artistic materials. I have attended several exhibits and take great joy in observing the pride the children display in their work. I also greatly admire the way AWAH weaves educational standards and other educational disciplines into its programming.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having a passion for art, I have been a in-classroom volunteer with Art with a Heart for many years. There aren't words to describe the feeling of working with children , using the high quality art programming and materials AWAH provides. I have such great memories of art classes as a child, and would not be the person I am today without them-- it feels good to share those memories with today's youth. I recently become a board member this year, and continue to work to grow and support AWAH's mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was in grade school my teachers noticed that I was pretty talented at drawing. Know I had more potential than the school's art program could offer, they encouraged my parent to seek out art lessons. They did and I developed a fondness for art which led to a degree from a top design school. I was lucky. I had the help of others to discover and develop my talents. Now working with Art With a Heart I help other young people discover and develop their talent for the arts. And these people are not as likely to have the situation I did. My experience helping to build the organization is very gratifying.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Art With A Heart's board of directors a little over two years ago. As an art patron, providing art education to children who otherwise not have the opportunity was what drew me to Art With A Heart. The programs develop real art skills while incorporating math, reading, science and history education. What has continued to motivate my work with Art With A Heart is the quality of the programs. Not only does Art With a Heart providing learning experiences, it offers children a safe place to explore the world, develop problem-solving skills, improve their relationships with other children and build relationships with caring adults. Not only are the teachers great, but our junior board continues to recruit high school volunteers who are excellent mentors to the young students.