The Hearts of Fire Project is true gift of love and compassion. I am so happy this project exists. It is about time, authenticity, commitment and compassion provide positive outcomes to homeless artists. Mr. Ballard orchestrates the effort beautifully, and has genuine compassion towards people who are living lifestyles different. I have learned alot about the value, intelligence and artistic quality of people who live unique lifestyles. Hearts of Fire Project heals the wound of indifference, apathy, and hopelessness by providing artistic support in various life affirming venues. In all, this project is worthy, loving, and uniquely oriented towards all this good and loving.
The Hearts of Fire movement, started by Bob and Gail, has so enlightened the community and the nation to the creative part in all of us, is a way for people to express themselves, for those who do not recognize their own talent and their individual contribution. It is a gift for the world to embrace and to pass along to others. I work in the field of supporting people with development disabilities.Again,I feel the same need to let others know we are all different in our capabilities, and yet the same in our need to be a part of the whole, and contributing to that whole. Hearts of Fire is educating the rest of us who might think we are more than someone else.
Bob Ballard is a dreamer - but somehow he turns his dreams into reality and the people on the receiving end treasure him for it. He really believes in what he's doing and he's managed to change lives in the process - not just those in need but others who have joined in to help him find housing for those in need. Keep wearing those rose-colored glasses, Bob, 'cause they are definitely working!
This project puts the Arts to work and at the same time gives people an opportunity for their self expression they would not have had any other way. Kudos to all who made this happen, and thank you for setting a standard for other communities to improve the quality of life and bring people together in peace and art.