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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Human Services, Seniors, Supportive Housing for Older Adults

Mission: To deliver art activities to seniors and disabled adults. Our goals are to foster self-esteem, build friendships and revive the spirit through group art activities.

Results: We have an exhibit of our participants art in the summer of each year. This year our seniors are working towards an exhibit for the Texas capitol (May, 2011).

Target demographics: seniors and disabled adults who reside in nursing homes and those who attend senior activity centers and/or receive a free lunch from the City of Austin/Meals on Wheels (low-income areas of the city)

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400

Geographic areas served: Austin, Texas

Programs: art activities for seniors & disabled adults includes art exhibits and tours of local museums

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Elizabeth186

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volubteered in the past for Mobile Art and am so proud of being a part of this organization and its great work enriching the lives of our elderly friends in our community. Nothing heals the soul more than friendship and creativity. Mobile Art helps our loved ones dealing with Alzheimer's through therapeutic power of art- fostering confidence, empowerment and kindness. This is an invaluable service for which I feel honored that I was once a part of.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with founder Theresa and her group of volunteers over the last year and have enjoyed every minute of it.





Mobile Arts brings art education to older adults who may not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue them. Through a variety of media and themes, participants in Mobile Arts are able to express themselves creatively, engage socially in a relaxed setting, and challenge themselves while learning new skills.





Mobile Arts is a wonderful, empowering, and inspiring organization.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I attended an exhibit of works done by the MAP participants at La Pena in December. Not only was the artwork beautiful, it was really amazing to see the pride in the artists' faces. It seems as if there are so many opportunities for kids, and it's great to see an organization that focuses on the elderly and the disabled. They do great work in Austin!

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Mobile Art Program works with the residents at the nursing home my mother lives in. She has really enjoyed working with the instructors ad has made new friends at the home.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended two of the exhibits featuring works by the Mobile Art Program. It is great to see the variety of images created by the participants. They express their personalities in the bright,colorful paintings. You can tell that they enjoy painting!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a professor, I have had students who interned with the Mobile Arts Program. All had a terrific experience! Theresa has created a program that not only brings purpose and joy to older participants but also gives volunteers a chance to experience a truly inspirational organization.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently have found myself with extra time on my hands and was encouraged to volunteer with a local art program. I have especially had fun at one of the senior centers and working with a very quite lady. I believe that Theresa and Michael truly live by the Mobile Art Program mission: To deliver art activities to seniors and disabled adults. Our goals are to foster self-esteem, build friendships and revive the spirit through group art activities. I have always enjoyed art and found this is a great way to give back to the Austin community.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently my fiancé and I have started volunteering with the Mobile Art Program. I am really amazed by the difference the program has made in the lives of the participants. Theresa is truly a blessing in the lives of these people. She and Michael have been some welcoming to us as volunteers and never fail to let us know how appreciative they are. The truth is that the opportunity to give back has been a blessing all in its own. We have gotten so many words of encouragements by the by the individuals we serve because they are truly grateful to have a program like this around. One of the most memorable moments has been seeing these individuals faces lit up when they see the art they have created.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a great experience working with the Mobile Art Program. You will find few people as caring and dedicated as Theresa. Because of her I have been able to see all the wonderful art work that seniors are able to make.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Mobil Art Program (MAP) is an outstanding organization that enables elderly and disabled adults to express themselves through art. As a professor at St. Edwards University, I have had students volunteer their time assisting the organization (as part of course requirements) and share their rewarding experinces with me. I also currently sit on the MAP board.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with Theresa and her pupils three or four times in the last year. Theresa is very dedicated to providing excellent art projects for her students and takes a lot of time gathering materials and prepping for the work sessions. I was hired to assist Theresa with one group of students to create mosaic stepping stones for the courtyard of the community center. Mosaics require quite a few supplies and Theresa had everything ready for students to come in an get involved. They were very enthusiastic for the project and we had a great time creating them. Now only were the students happy about the work we were doing, they were engaged with one another and proud of their work. Theresa had other projects to add to the beautification of the courtyard, and later had a dedication ceremony for the community.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

seen it grow since she began work part time with my office so she could focus on her non profit full time!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally seen the pride and enthusiam the elders with whom Theresa works with show. They are so proud of the artwork they produce. The art related field trips that Theresa takes the elders on to are invaluable to opening their world to new experiences. Theresa is a godsend to many who have little contact with anyone else in their lives. She is a huge ray of sunshine for this population and all who know her. With her patient guidance, Theresa shows people that you can can produce a piece of artwork and have skills that they did not know they possessed.