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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

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Rating: 5

Executive Director, Andrew Lee, was pleasure to work with, clearly had his wits about him and was obviously passionate about his mission. It is a rare combination, indeed. Artworks were beautiful and bountiful and full of children's joy. Wonderful exhibit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i loved volunteering at art with a heart. watching these kids create different types of art and seeing the smiles on their faces fills me with joy. this was a wonderful opportunity, and it may even help me make choices about my future career.

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artwithaheart 08/05/2010

Oops, comment was posted in the wrong place!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the outgoing President of the Art with a Heart Junior Board. I am a senior in high school and have been a member of the Junior Board since my freshman year. I have also been volunteering for 5 years. Being involved with Art with a Heart is the best experience of my life. I have grown so much in my abilities to relate to volunteers, staff, and all of the wonderful kids I have met in the past 5 years. My favorite part is helping the kids with their artwork and seeing how proud they are once they finish a piece. I volunteer weekly and have taught some kids in the class for more than 3 years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I really enjoyed working with art with a heart. I found the experience very enlightening and could tell that students need this program. I enjoyed getting to know each of the children and also their attempt to know me. The art projects were surprisingly advanced but the children ate it up. I sometimes wished I had a name tag especially at the beginning. I was actually happy to have smaller class sizes because the day in which we had both the tuesday and wednesday class was a bit to much. The children work at very different paces so it is difficult to keep them together. Loved doing it and I hope others will volunteer as well.

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artwithaheart 08/05/2010

Dear Kay, Thanks for bringing up the materials issue. I looked into it and my understanding is that we were only really lacking materials for one specific exercise that incorporated bottle caps. We purchased and prep’d the bottle caps at the beginning of the year so the supply was limited and the amount provided to each class was dependent on teachers following the lesson plan. In this case I believe the teacher decided to allow some deviation from the lesson plan early on and the result was that some students had less to work with later in the semester - the lesson is learned! In general we are generous with our materials, spending on average $10 per student. For comparison I asked teachers we know who work in schools to tell me their annual budget for their classes and it averages out to about $1 per student! Andrew Lee Executive Director

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a really great experience at Art With a Heart. The kids seemed very excited to learn about art. The projects were good and showcased a variety of artistic styles and techniques. I have been volunteering for two years at three locations, and everywhere that I have helped, the kids seem to really be enjoying the program. I have even heard that it was the best part of their day. The teachers are nice people who really care about the students and do a lot to help them improve their artistic technique with lessons and one-on-one attention. Overall, Art With a Heart is a great program for all involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I absolutely loved working with Art With A Heart. The kids are fantastic (as children always are)and through our time spent on art, a lot of underlying anxieties they had were able to seep out and be handled in a positive way. That was my favorite part; watching these kids learn about themselves and their capabilities through the skill sets of art. I worked at IPS (86?) and I believe it was a really good school choice for this afterschool program. The reasons I gave it 3 stars rather than 5 was because: 1- equipment was needed, If there could be some kind of organized donating for simple things such as pencils, a few scissors, or a few hand held pencil sharpeners... that would help a lot. 2- I felt that other people working with the kids didn't know how, or simply declined to really instruct them. As important as compliments are, I saw that they weren't much taken to heart if the kids didn't feel they'd been challenged at all. 3-I know there was some kind of incident with a child being kicked out of the program, and for legitimate violence I could see that being necessary...but in any other case, these are high-profile candidates for kids you do not want to give up on. 4-I wish the program were longer! But maybe that's just me... =) All in all I am very grateful for this program being made possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

המכון עוזר לנו מאוד בחיי היומיום לשאלות הלכתיות בעניינים אישיים. מתן השירת הוא מהיר ביותר וניתן מכל הלב ויש מצב שהרבנים חוזרים אלייך כדי לאחר בירור מעמיק יותר. המכון הציל אותנו(זוג נשוי) המון פעמים שחס וחלילה לא נפול לחטא. המכון תרם המון המון לחברתי עם בעיות פוריות בקשר יומיומי.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Art With a Heart for a little over three years. I went into it mostly just because my friend asked me to, but after that first week of working at the summer day camp, I was in love with what we were doing. Not only did I get to spend hours in an art room surrounded by colors and happy creative chaos, but i got to spend quality time with each of the kids and watch them grow and become enthralled with their work. These kids are such blessings to me and I can't wait to see their sweet faces every class. They love that they get to create art; it brings some of them out of their shells, makes them think, and allows them to have a sense of control and make decisions for themselves. AWAH is a fantastic program, its all about the students and a pure love for art. :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Art With A Heart as an involved parent since 2001 and have watched studets mature in the field. the leadership embraces the students and nutures them in manygrowth areas, teaching leadership through the Junior Boards, and guiding them through exampled Leadership.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a member of the board of directors of AWAH and have been for almost two years now. Art with a Heart is an amazing organization that provides hands on arts education to children who might not otherwise be exposed to such educational opportunities and artistic materials. I have attended several exhibits and take great joy in observing the pride the children display in their work. I also greatly admire the way AWAH weaves educational standards and other educational disciplines into its programming.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having a passion for art, I have been a in-classroom volunteer with Art with a Heart for many years. There aren't words to describe the feeling of working with children , using the high quality art programming and materials AWAH provides. I have such great memories of art classes as a child, and would not be the person I am today without them-- it feels good to share those memories with today's youth. I recently become a board member this year, and continue to work to grow and support AWAH's mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was in grade school my teachers noticed that I was pretty talented at drawing. Know I had more potential than the school's art program could offer, they encouraged my parent to seek out art lessons. They did and I developed a fondness for art which led to a degree from a top design school. I was lucky. I had the help of others to discover and develop my talents. Now working with Art With a Heart I help other young people discover and develop their talent for the arts. And these people are not as likely to have the situation I did. My experience helping to build the organization is very gratifying.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Art With A Heart's board of directors a little over two years ago. As an art patron, providing art education to children who otherwise not have the opportunity was what drew me to Art With A Heart. The programs develop real art skills while incorporating math, reading, science and history education. What has continued to motivate my work with Art With A Heart is the quality of the programs. Not only does Art With a Heart providing learning experiences, it offers children a safe place to explore the world, develop problem-solving skills, improve their relationships with other children and build relationships with caring adults. Not only are the teachers great, but our junior board continues to recruit high school volunteers who are excellent mentors to the young students.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of Art With A Heart for over a year and I never cease to be amazed at the quality of programs that are offered and the real difference the organization makes in the life of Indianapolis area children. I had the privilege of volunteering in a Kindergarten classroom last year and observed first hand how attentive kids were for the Art With A Heart program compared to other "centers" they rotated to. They loved the quality of the art materials and the teachers who were dedicated to their learning. This is an amazing organization.