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Art With A Heart

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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

Charles S.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am a nonprofit marketing and development consultant with more than a decade of experience specifically in the arts and arts education programs. I have worked with the Art with a Heart staff and board for the last year and a half in a consulting and advisory role. The organization has grown tremendously during that time and I know that they are making solid and sound business and program decisions that equate to lean operation and reaching more people with their programs and services.

Art with a Heart is a life-changing organization for underserved youth. The programs are not focused just on artistic product but on personal growth and development - meaningful engagement and personal development through arts education.

I have been so moved by the work of the organization that, after offering advice many times from a consulting standpoint, I found myself giving of my own time and money to help the staff better achieve their ambitious goals. The organization is one of the most well run I have encountered in Indianapolis and I am honored to be associated with their powerful mission to provide hands-on visual arts experiences that educate and inspire at-risk children. Those who have not witnessed their work yet are missing a remarkable opportunity.

Laurie17

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has attended Art With AWAH classes for five years.She was first introduced to AWAH offered as an after school program, then she later was introduced to the Saturday morning Honors Art Class. The classroom experiences she's had, have helped her to be able to see the world in a whole new light. AWAH has helped her hone the skills she already had, and has given her new skills to work with. I am a single mother, and AWAH has given my daughter opportunities she may have not otherwise gotten. She was even picked to present a piece of artwork that she alone created to present to the Founder of AWAH, at this year's fundraiser/art exhibit! AWAH gives our children a positive way to express themselves, and has opened a lot of doors for out younger generation. I personally want to thank AWAH for everything they have done for our family

Maureen13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of AWAH through my daughter, an art teacher by profession. Through her I learned of the hard work and dedication AWAH has in helping children appreciate and develop their artistic talents. As a citizen of Indianapolis, I am very concerned that our community foster art, music, literature, and theatre in our children. It's part of what makes a community wholesome, desirable, and beautiful. AWAH is working tirelessly to do that. And I thank them for it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been part of Art With A Heart for over 3 years. We learned about it through her Catholic School summer program Great Spirits in Indianapolis. From that summer program, my daughter has participated in the Saturday honors program with Art With a Heart. This program has provided affordable yet exciting and educational service for my daughter. She has worked with mediums ranging from clay to water color to "trash" to felt to building small models. The teachers are kind and work well with the kids. This program has provided my daughter with a release and with self esteem that I could not do for her myself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, I'd like to say AWAH is a great program for children of all ages and parents who are involved in their kids development. You never know how much talent your child really has until you get them involved in something educational, exciting, challenging and fun all at the same time. That is what AWAH has been for me and my daughter's experience and it's been our 1st year with the group, my daughter Maxene has learned a lot with the group, she's 12 yrs old and loved the different projects AWAH presented each weekend, techniques learned aside from painting. I encourage anyone with a child interested in art, painting, drawing or culturally inclined to bring their child to AWAH program. I'm the parent of an AWAH student and I LOVE being involved with their activities and working with the children. Happy 10 yrs AWAH and many more to come with future artist. Lyz Wilkins

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a fellow Art Educator and colleague I have had the pleasure of witnessing how much of a difference Art With a Heart has made in its surrounding community. The organization provides many beneficial services to the youth of the Indianapolis area as well as to children in need from other areas of the world. True compassion and care is shown by each individual that is associated with Art With a Heart, the curriculum is carefully selected and concentrated to meet the needs of every student that participates the Art With a Heart afterschool programs and summer workshops.

Jamie234

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was the summer intern for two months in 2011, and Art With A Heart is really a spectacular organization. The staff truly cares about the children that they work with, and they really want to make a difference in their lives. Since the children that AWAH works with are all at-risk, it's essential that they continue to be exposed to organizations like AWAH in order to give them a positive outlet for their emotions.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son has been involved in the program for several years. I watched as it helped him with not only his love of creative arts but also his application of what he learned to other areas of his life.

Emily234

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been an awesome expierence for my girls. They both go to the Saturday art class. The teachers are great, talented and very kind to all children. When my kids enjoy something, i know it is a good thing!! They also going into lower income neighborhood schools and teach art after school.

Caroline

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization's daily classes are carried out by dedicated college students and recent graduates who are passionate about helping young children and teens find a place in life when they have little to no support surrounding them - doing this through art. At a very young age children are given very high quality art supplies to use where their ideas pop off the page and are vivid! The atmosphere of smiles, confidence and calmness fills the classrooms. My 13 year old child is a student of 5 years now and has used more quality supplies and more mediums (printmaking, ceramics, charcoal, various paints, pencil, wax) then a college student. What amazes me most the diversity of students from low income families that this organization serves. They bring together all races creating another level of support. Amazing leader of the organization who digs to find funding for them. We are fortunate to be a part of Art With a Heart.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a 6th grade student who goes to Sunnyside Elementary, in Lawrence Township. I was introduced to AWAH in 2nd grade by one of my favorite teachers I've ever had, Ms. Zielinski, my art teacher I had at Brook Park Elementary. I love art, it's a fun way to do whatever you want with no guidlines or right or wrong answers. And lastly, I absolutely love working with acrylics!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art With A Heart has been such an educational blessing in my classroom. We are an inner city school with many students that have limited oppportunities. AWAH has been volunteering in my classroom for the past several years and I have seen such a tremendous improvement in my students. They offer numerous art activities that not only use many types of mediums, but also incorporate stories and literature that go hand in hand with their projects. They come weekly with experienced teachers, materials, and volunteers leaving me with nothing that I need to prepare or purchase. AWAH has been able to provide our students with educational art experiences that are absolutely amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter's first experience with Art With the Heart was when she was leaving kindergarten for first grade in her Catholic School summer program. She loved the oppurtunity to express herself and to learn more about art even in her young age. She has currently been a part of Art with the Heart for the last 3 years and it has been such an important part of her life. She is shy, yet very smart and expressive. The Art with the Heart classes allows her to learn about her feelings and how to express them through art.
As a parent, Art with the Heart is great because its first and most importantly AFFORDABLE, then it is great because it teaches my daughter different forms of Art, including drawing, painting, 3-D models, ect. In addition, they had a course at our local art museum which allowed the kids the oppurtunity to see other artists and learn about them first hand. The teachers are patient, kind and really enjoy helping the kids.

With art programs being cut, Art With the Heart is an exceptionally strong program for young children to develop their artistic and expressive side no matter their skill level.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have created wonderful programs for children who truly enjoy coming to their classes. You can see the joy in the kids eyes when they are working on the projects developed for them. The staff is wonderful and you can tell they put their hearts and souls into everyday!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a student at Holy Cross Central School and have participated in AWAH classes since I was in 4th grade. I love art because you can creat anything you want and it will still be cool. My favorite is painting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I go to Westlane middle School and I have participated in AWAH since i was in third grade. I joined because I love expressig myself through art and not having to worry about making everything perfect.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student at brook park and have participated in awah classes since I was in 2nd grade. I like to come to awah classes because I love art and every one is so nice. My favorite art to do is clay.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i am a student at westlane middle school. i participated in art with a heart since i was in fifth grade. i think art is fun and exciting. i love drawing and japanimation and abstract painting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In November 2010, my nonprofit organization Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach was able to partner with AWAH for an international collegiate service-learning program in Swaziland Africa. I know nothing about art, so it was truly a blessing that Kaitlin (lead AWAH teacher) was able to organize the program and obtain the art materials from donors. As is the way of the developing world, plans changed numerous times throughout the trip and Kaitlin was able to adapt with ease. If it weren't for AWAH, AWAH students who helped with preparation, and Kaitlin, art would have never reached the lives of orphans and child-headed households in Swaziland.

Kristin

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well to start "Art With A Heart" is a great program. My daughter and I have been in the program provided at her school for three years now, and I could not ask for a better program for her to be in. The way she is interacted with while there is amazing she really has been given the opportunity to express herself artistically. She has never felt more free to do the type of art work that comes to her mind at that specific moment.
She loves being there every Monday and I hope to keep her in the program as long as they offer it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We really enjoyed working with Art With a Heart on a recent mural project. Their staff was well prepared and interacted exceptionally well with the students and adults at the event. It is clear that they have a "Heart" for "Art" and for the impact that it can have in our community.