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
317 602 7222
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Likely

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?

2013

 
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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.

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?

2013

 
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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.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

with my son

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

provide it greater funding

 
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10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

my skills with helping kids and being a good teacher, my public speaking skills in recruiting volunteers, and my grant writing skills in writing grants to receive funds to give gifts of supplies to all the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely amazing. All of the staff is wonderful and all of the volunteers I have met so far have been great and very helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

seeing the growth and development inthe students

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication and energy that the members put into this organiation to make it work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many students to reach a great potentail

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is interacting with the kids we serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Talented, friendly and a great asset to the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent. I particularly am fond of the work of the Junior Board - a group of committed high school students that act as excellent role models for the students we serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

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.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Art With A Heart's junior board. They are a great example of the impact that kids can have in our community - they raise money, recruit the majority of our in-class volunteers, and, in the classroom, they bring a contagious level of positive energy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I have been on the Board of Art With A Heart for over a year and I never cease to be amazed at the quality of programs that are offered and the real difference the organization makes in the life of Indianapolis area children. I had the privilege of volunteering in a Kindergarten classroom last year and observed first hand how attentive kids were for the Art With A Heart program compared to other "centers" they rotated to. They loved the quality of the art materials and the teachers who were dedicated to their learning. This is an amazing organization.

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

observing the difference Art With A Heart makes in Indianapolis area at-risk youth.

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

continue to look for ways to grow the programs to touch more Indianapolis area at-risk children.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to work hands on within the organization and with the children to really feel like I make a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so entergetic and excited about children and art!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer art programs in schools across the United States to help improve our children's learning experience and introduce them to the arts at a young age.

Ways to make it better...

all the children were able to attend the art exhibits to show off their masterpieces.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing to raise money and grow the programs in these tough economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Art With A Heart is truly a wonderful not-for-profit organization that you should check out!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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