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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: Art on Wheels brings comprehensive arts programming to communities with limited access to the arts.

Programs: Aging in the artspartner locations operate as senior centers, and typically provide meals, exercise and coordination services for isolated, home-bound seniors. Aging in the arts provides much needed relief and support to family members and caregivers, who frequently struggle to keep elders engaged throughout the day. Aging in the arts fills the gap in activity at these centers, further facilitating the positive health benefits associated with increased mental and physical activity level, by fostering new friendships and creating new avenues for socialization among isolated seniors. In 2014, there were 165 classes taught to senior citizens and 2,371 seniors participated in the program.

art and disabilitycustom designed to engage participants while gently pushing limitations faced by disabled populations, the art and disability curriculum focuses on methodology, an approach which maximizes cognitive engagement and critical thinking abilities. This approach also increases participant success, self esteem, enjoyment and socialization by focusing on process rather than an end product. In 2014, there were 57 classes taught to people with disabilities and 570 participants in the program.

healing in the artsthe healing in the arts program utilizes art making as a tool for promoting health. The arts gives patients and caregivers an opportunity to express difficult emotions while going through a challenging time in their lives. Currently, a partnership between art on wheels and bon secours oncology provides patients receiving treatments for cancer the opportunity to engage in positive experiences with their caretakers. In 2014, there were 46 classes taught to chronically ill persons and 465 participants in the program.

create arts in the communitythe arts in the community program seeks to increase public participation in the arts; encouraging creative ownership while providing community members with new opportunities to have meaningful arts experiences. As a tool to build community support for the arts, community art opportunities are offered for the general public at local fairs, festivals and public events. Additionally the program creates custom art events for corporations with volunteer engagement initiatives. In 2014, there were 14 community art projects and 1,055 participants in the program.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rachel K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's not just what Art on Wheels does, but how they do it. The staff is the organizations biggest asset. They are talented at art and at the art of empowering others through art. This is evidenced by projects that look like they are created by seasoned artists - yet, they are done by Art on Wheels clients': those will little access to art or art education!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is doing great things in the Richmond area. Their diverse and unique programing provides great experiences for the students. The Exec Director and Director of Programming are very skilled artists and teachers. I have watched them take a room full of elderly public housing residents, many of whom had never touched a paint brush before, and by the end of the day these women had made their own silk scarves.

Laura C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Responsible in planning the special programming for a small non-profit and historic site, I was looking for an unique art series to host for my patrons. With the help of Art on Wheels I was able to plan numerous one-hour workshops that catered to our guests aged 3-103.

Each workshop started off with Kevin and Andrea giving the participants an idea of the history of the craft, linking the workshops to our mission, and giving the participants that much more special of an experience. The workshops were reasonable in time, and easy to set up and break down....leaving no mess for me to take care of! Perfection.

Many events are still planned at Hanover Tavern today, and although I no longer work there, I will be attending the events to spend time with Andrea and Kevin, who have become friends and colleagues in the non-profit world!

Marilyn R.


Rating: 5

I have found that the owners are truly sincere in their devotion to this organization. They have put their heart and souls into bringing a hands-on concept to folks who would never have that chance before, They are paying forward to the community in a true inspiring field!

Caroline U.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art on Wheels brings an amazing and much needed creativity to a city bent on depriving its citizens of art and music. As a long time supporter, I have had the privilege at get to know the founders and attend some of their events , and I have seen, first hand, how introducing art in a hands-on manner really empowers a person, which in turn will empower the community. By providing a creative outlet to many who are physically, mentally, emotionally and financially at a disadvantage, it brings a completely new, more positive perspective to someone's life. It's this positivity, coupled with a bottomless motivation to help those around them, that makes Art on Wheels and its founders truly remarkable. Having the patience to help many groups of people who normally don't receive any sort of artistic release--homeless and community homes, abuse shelters, elderly and mentally challenged facilities--acts as a lifeline and a way of expressing emotions that many of their students struggle with. It's amazing that created their dream from scratch--a way of sharing their love of art with people who can really enjoy and benefit from it. Richmond, Virginia is truly indebted to their vision.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art on Wheels came and did a great program with the children I work with at a local homeless shelter. It was great time for the kids to spend with their mothers and learn about really cool/different art projects. The kids had a blast and loved creating with their families!