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Art With A Heart Inspires At-Risk Youth

Poverty creates obstacles for those that live within its shadow. For children, these obstacles often obstruct the path to academic success. Research has shown that arts education can help at-risk children overcome the disadvantages of economic hardship and improve academic performance by providing emotional nurturing and intellectual challenge.

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.

Currently teaching in more than 20 public, private and charter schools, as well as neighborhood centers across Indianapolis, AWAH serves more than 1,000 students each year through summer camps, kindergarten, after-school programs, contract teaching and honors art programs.

For more information, visit ArtWithAHeart.Us.

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