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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Emily171

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I watched my reluctant kindergartener perk up every Tuesday morning because he knew that in the afternoon, there would be Art with a Heart. I knew he loved the sessions but once I started volunteering as a teacher with the program, I could really see some of the wonderful ways it impacted our children. In addition to valuable and fun art time, the lessons taught our young learners to work slowly and carefully, to plan how to use their space. As they drew in pencil and then traced with markers, I saw them develop control--weekly scribbling fast became careful composition and I have little doubt it built handwriting skills. I loved the lessons because I could see how it taught the students a routine of collaboration and mutual respect. As the group worked on the week's "letter" drawing, each child got to make a suggestion for one thing everyone should add to their drawings--let's add all eyes, let's all add a pet.

Finally, as a former nonprofit arts education professional, I was dazzled by the careful and financially conservative model Art with a Heart established. It's amazing how much they can accomplish for such a limited budget. I'm confident every penny donated to this organization has maximum impact on our students.

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!

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 .

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Art With a Heart. The lessons are wonderfully creative and help the students to explore and create with different materials. There is always lots of historical and cultural references in each lesson. The students are so engaged in every class!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for two years with Art with a Heart, and I am very happy that I did. This organization allowed me to not only gain experience with a wider range of materials, I was also able to gain experience with a wider range of student. Reaching a population which may have never been exposed to the arts gives a strong feeling of accomplishment, adn I would strongly encourage anyone with a passion for the arts and a passion for kids to volunteer.

Professional with expertise in this field

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.