Mission: Our mission is to help children overcome trauma through creative expression. We envision a world where all children who have experienced trauma can turn pain into possibility.
Programs: Art with heart's purpose is to bring the healing power of creative expression to kids facing trauma or adversity. We envision a world where all kids who have experienced suffering will have the creative tools, resources, and support to turn pain into possibility. Art with heart creates therapeutic activity books for kids and companion curricula for adults. The organization also leads in-person and online trainings where we empower practitioners working with kids to use the curricula so they can confidently lead creative expression programs with the kids they serve. Through individual donations,corporate and foundation grants,and in-kind donations, art with heart is able to supplement the high costs of producing quality curricula so we can offer supportive services to other youth-serving nonprofits, schools, and hospitals at a fraction of the cost. We continue to develop new programming and resources that help kids develop the coping skills that will service them today, and for the rest of their lives. In order to reach the greatest number of kids, we completed our suite of companion curricula in 2017 and have trained hundreds of practitioners working with kids by expanding how we deliver training. Art with heart now trains youth-serving adjults in ways that meet them where they are - in-person multi-day training, to half day intensives, to live webinars for organizations with practitioners located around the country. Finally, we launched a new website for the online learning community that is designed to serve as a resource for practioners with educational content that spans program instructioon to skill building videos to testimonials from other experts in the field of mental health and eduation. All of these micro-learning videos are in service of supporting the countless youth-serving adults working with kids facing trauma or adversity. In addition to the monetary activity reported on this 990, in kind donations of services and materials accounted for $26,148, helping to reduce or avoid additional costs. Www. Artwithheart. Org
I have been a fan of this organization for nearly a decade and recently became a board member. Art With Heart does a wonderful job delivering solutions for kids in crisis using the therapeutic power of art and creativity. It started with an idea to develop a book for a young girl dealing with cancer and blossomed into a full-on publishing operation with numerous book titles to address the needs of kids in many different crisis situations. Steffanie Lorig, the founder and director, is a person of highest integrity. Over the years, she has attracted top artists to donate their work for the books. She has built an impressive series of therapeutic programs to accompany the books. And she has inspired a corps of dedicated volunteers and donors to make it all happen. The organization has helped thousands of kids and has plans to grow much bigger. I'm glad to be a small part of the Art With Heart family and can't wait to help take it to the next level.
I've been involved with Art with Heart for the past 10 years and joined as a Board member three years ago. The organization is making a huge impact in the lives of children across the country and world. Inspiring creativity and helping kids address social emotional learning in a non-threatening, enlivening way is so important for any youth, regardless of the issues they face. It's an honor to be a part of this organization and I feel that their way of doing business and keeping their costs low while selling an amazing product is a great model for other non profits to follow.