Art With A Heart: provides visual arts education
Poverty creates obstacles for those who live within its shadow. For children, these obstacles often obstruct the path to academic success. Research has shown that arts education programs can help at risk children overcome the disadvantages of being poor and improve academic performance by providing emotional nurturing and intellectual challenge. Also, business leaders and art educators have long advocated that art education for children is vital for our nation to remain competitive in a global economy that increasingly demands creativity.
To help serve this important purpose, Art With a Heart (AWAH), a nonprofit organization founded in 2002, provides a hands-on visual art experience to educate and inspire at-risk youth. It works with students facing poverty, homelessness, addiction and crime to help them become more successful personally and academically; its curricula meets state standards for visual art while ensuring that students develop creatively.
AWAH provides visual arts education that meets art and other academic state standards in a safe and supportive environment to at-risk students in K-12 grades while also meeting their emotional needs and developing their social and communication skills.
The average class size is 12 students which allows for the attention each student needs to be successful. Currently teaching in 25 public, private and charter schools as well as neighborhood centers across Indianapolis, AWAH serves more than 1000 students a year through summer camps, kindergarten, after school, contract teaching and Honors Art programs.