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Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Arts Education, Arts Services

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

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We participate in the Home Educators arm of AWAH! We love it. It is great to be able to do art projects with others to inspire you and in a group setting that is obviously not available in a typical home setting. The program not only includes creative art, but art history, art technique and culture studies.

Carol247

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With out a doubt Art WithaHeart was the best way for me to let the beauty of this God created world be manifested in children.
The children delight in their creations and art With a Heart really celebrates each Child's joy in the creative process.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great service to the community. I really enjoyed teaching the kiddos in underserved populations. Great way for them to see and be seen. A unique service and place where kids can shine creatively. 5 stars. Too bad a "real" job has taken me away from services like this.

Keep on keepin' it real AWAH !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Kindergarten Teacher in the public school system and am a part of the Kindergarten Connection Program at our school. This is my fourth year of the program and I grow to love it more each year. Not only are my children getting a strong art foundation but they are also able to enjoy the sheer pleasure of creating. I love the way the program is tied into other curriculum areas and has a literature base for each lesson. As a teacher AWaH allows me to connect with small groups of children and for 90 minutes each week put aside the pressures of education today and just let my children be children!

Lisa593

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with AWaH as a teacher and volunteer. I am always impressed with their dedication to the arts and children of Indianapolis.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former Board Member of Art With a Heart (2007-2010), I can attest to the high level of programming and educational experiences provided to the children it serves. Art with a Heart is an amazing organization that brings color and vibrancy into children's lives while integrating state standards in other areas (math, literature, etc.) into a visual arts education. I cannot wait until my own daughter is old enough to attend one of its summer camps!

Carmen25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the former Director of Early Childhood Programming at this organization, I can speak first hand to the importance and the impact of this organization's work for children, teachers, families, and the community of Indianapolis, IN. With less than 5 full-time employees, many part-time employees, and an entire army of volunteers, several thousand children learn about art, and more importantly about expressing themselves in a positive and creative way. I can't say enough good things!

Molly49

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art With a Heart is one of the most creative and dedicated nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis. They impact thousands of students all over the county. Their events and volunteering opportunities are not to miss!

1 Bridget25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Such an amazing organization doing equally amazing things for Indy youth! Nothing but great experiences all the time!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an artist and art instructor and have had the privilege to bring art instruction to at risk High School kids in an alternative setting. This would not be possible without the insight and quality leadership I have experienced with ART With a HEART. As corny as it sounds they truly do have a heart for making a difference in kids educational experience through art instruction and integration within the school setting. I have found their organization and leadership to be hands on , adaptable and approachable only solidifying my opinion of the impact they make on the communities who get to utilize their expertise .

1 Freedom V.

Donor

Rating: 5

My first involvement with the AWH was when I attended the annual gala a few years ago. It was an amazing evening and was a great showcase for the gifts these kids have. The organization is truly a fantastic gift to the kids it serves. These kids are provided a creative outlet that is usually desperately needed. It provides them with a chance to not only improve their skills, but their self confidence as well. We proudly display a large painting created by one of the kids that we bought at the gala, and it brings a smile to our face daily. Thrilled to support the organization and all that it does!

1 Gemma B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an art-loving Senior in high school, I’m extremely happy to be involved in Art With a Heart. I've been with the organization for about two years now, both volunteering in the classroom, and fundraising and recruiting volunteers as a member of the Junior Board, and I have nothing but good things to say about Art With a Heart. Art With a Heart gives its kids an opportunity to exercise their creative minds, and the finished art projects give each child a feeling of success and confidence. Enter an Art With a Heart classroom and you’ll likely see happy little hands hard at work on a project, such as the yarn bowls made during the 2013 summer program, or selecting crayons to make a blank white paper blossom into a unique illustration during a free drawing opportunity. When volunteering in the classroom and on the Junior Board, it's clear to me that the staff and board members are truly dedicated to the cause and care deeply about the children they're serving. The teachers treat each student with respect and affection, supporting them in their artistic process. I cannot overemphasize, Art With a Heart is a wonderful nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got the chance to work with Art With a Heart during a really cool motoring exhibit that reached out to a variety of different audiences that may not usually have a regular exposure to an organization like Art With a Heart. The interactions I had with the staff and volunteers of Art With a Heart left me with a truly positive outlook on their organization and what they do for the youth of Indianapolis!

Emma13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Art With A Heart when I was a sophomore in high school, and it has changed my life. By serving as both a Junior Board member and a two-year summer volunteer, I was able to work firsthand with the staff and experience what was going on behind-the-scenes. My time spent volunteering in an Art With A Heart classroom in a homeless shelter has been a blessing as I've gotten to know kids who thrive doing art in a way that is totally unexpected, even to them. Art With A Heart provides kids (many of whom do not even have access to simple materials like crayons at home) with the opportunity to genuinely understand and explore different art forms, and that is incredible. Moreover, I have loved my time with Art With A Heart because of its fantastic people. The staff is wonderful, full of quirky and passionate people who are no-holds-barred dedicated to their cause. Their enthusiasm is infectious.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended Art with a Heart events in the past, met many of the staff and board members and have nothing but positive things to say about their mission, their culture and their resolve to help children succeed through the arts.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Art With a Heart is a unique organization which provides a much-needed service to the youth of Indianapolis. I recently had the privilege of working with Art With a Heart's leadership, staff and board to formulate their strategic planning. The dedication to delivering high-quality, life changing programming via the arts was extremely impressive. Even more important was the constant desire to improve and expand their services to create much needed, generational improvement for our city.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Amy_129

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art with a Heart is a dynamic vibrant organization dedicated to making a lasting difference in the lives of a primarily economically challenged client base. Their work is very "hands on" and the mission is to teach young people about the joy of the visual arts. They accomplish this mission every day by working with excellent teachers and establishing very high standards for each program they embark upon. I have been an arts management professional for over 30 years and Art with a Heart greatly impresses me with their commitment to genuinely working to create positive transformational moments for thousands of students each year.

Sarah150

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art With a Heart is truly amazing. They are dedicated to making a difference, and they do every day. Not only are they passionate and intuitive to community needs, they are also extremely organized and get things done. I always look forward to working with them.