My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Art On Wheels NFP, Richmond, VA, USA
Art on Wheels brings an amazing and much needed creativity to a city bent on depriving its citizens of art and music. As a long time supporter, I have had the privilege at get to know the founders and attend some of their events , and I have seen, first hand, how introducing art in a hands-on manner really empowers a person, which in turn will empower the community. By providing a creative outlet to many who are physically, mentally, emotionally and financially at a disadvantage, it brings a completely new, more positive perspective to someone's life. It's this positivity, coupled with a bottomless motivation to help those around them, that makes Art on Wheels and its founders truly remarkable. Having the patience to help many groups of people who normally don't receive any sort of artistic release--homeless and community homes, abuse shelters, elderly and mentally challenged facilities--acts as a lifeline and a way of expressing emotions that many of their students struggle with. It's amazing that created their dream from scratch--a way of sharing their love of art with people who can really enjoy and benefit from it. Richmond, Virginia is truly indebted to their vision.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Narrowing it down to the most poignant experience, I attended an art opening that Art on Wheels, in conjunction with the Greater Richmond Association of Down Syndrome, held at the VA Science Museum to showcase murals that were created and hand painted by children with Down Syndrome. Talking to parents and hearing their appreciation that their children had found a way to open up emotionally through a creative outlet was truly touching.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would make it a national organization so that they could touch lives everywhere and help bring art to the entire country.