Artbridge is a vital service to the city of Houston. ArtBridge offers creative art activities to the children of Houston who reside in distressed neighborhoods and shelters. These activities are provided in a supportive environment and the volunteers encourage imagination and experimentation through art which nurtures children’s intellectual, social and emotional development. As a volunteer for Artbridge, I have seen how the art activities have given children the confidence to express themselves. As a board member, I am working with Artbridge to ensure this service continues.
ArtBridgr inspires me in so many ways. Knowing that we are making a difference in the children's lives is vitally important to the bigger picture of life. Through creativity and reflection, we help the children combat the despair of homelessness and adverse living conditions. At ArtBridge, we plant a tiny seed of hope and create awareness that there is another way. I am grateful for the beautiful smiles that the children share with me when they tell me how much they love ArtBridge.
This small non-profit has grown from two people working without pay for two years to a fully functioning and greatly valued program serving over 2,000 homeless children each year!
ArtBridge provides an outlet and a safety net for the homeless community of a little know and well-deserved population in the greater Houston area.
With an emphasis on consistency and total dedication, ArtBridge facilitators and volunteers deliver high quality expressive art sessions to children needing a voice!
A non profit that truly cares about the arts and ensuring that communities can continue to participate in the arts.
Art bridge personifies what art non profits should be.
I am honored to be a volunteer with Artbridge. I find the staff is professional and really cares about the children and making their experience the best that they can.
Note: I am a former volunteer, facilitator and board member. I spent many years working with this organization. From the moment I heard about it, I knew I had to take part. I've witnessed such amazing growth in the children served! To see a very young boy who couldn't sit still for more than 30 seconds without having to get up or get distracted improve week after week, until he could actually sit down and complete a project, was proof positive I was in the right place. His pride and happiness in his creation was so very moving. His sense of accomplishment showed in his beaming smile and the set of his chin.
The people involved in this organization are committed to helping these children and have great passion for their mission. My true sadness is that my schedule no longer allows me to be a productive member. ArtBridge truly is a GREAT nonprofit.
The art lessons are invaluable to homeless children. Comments about their personal situations "slip through" the normal barrier of their own self-consciousness. It is possible to hear about parents going to jail, or hear the experience of a "latch-key" home environment. There are sometimes children who are reticent, or cannot sit quietly, who then become attentive to their creations. By the end of class everyone is excited to share their work. What a great contribution ArtBridge provides!
I am a weekly volunteer and board member.
Though I am new to the board I have participated in many Artbridge events and I know several volunteers. The benefits to the kids and families served by this program are immeasurable. Creativity heals wounds. It is more important than literacy. Artbridge provides this invaluable services. Everyone benefits from this.
Artbridge Houston is a remarkable organization that reaches children in the Houstn area homeless shelters. This population receives guidance in artistic expression from experienced instructors and volunteers. The best remarks are from the children. "I feel good today, because I got to tell an art story", I have more fun using new crayolas.", "My friends liked the portraits I made with the little camera."
As a longtime board member, I enjoy making sure we continue to raise the much needed funds to provide the best for the children and the instructors.
ArtBridge takes art classes into homeless shelters in Houston, TX. Oftentimes, this is the most enjoyable part of their day or week. Helping these children to express themselves through art allows them a time of reflection and hope and a means of self-expression that can increase their self- esteem and communication with others. Amazing!