To empower youth in crisis through therapeutic books and programs that foster self-expression.
About the Organization:
Founded in 1996 through the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York City, Art with Heart became an independent organization in 2002. It provides non-traditional mental health support to youth who have experienced trauma, illness, family dysfunction, or homelessness. The organization's publications and workshops provide children a means to express both their suffering and strength, enabling them to deal with their emotions.
Art with Heart hosts workshops through Art Buddy, which teaches children about artistic expression and storytelling through paint, texture, and collage. In addition, the Chill & Spill journal was designed for youth dealing with illness as well as family dysfunction, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, and peer pressure.
The Art with Heart site features an E-newsletter that informs users of volunteer opportunities. The site also provides a link to Oodles of Doodles, a 48-page therapeutic activity book that uses creativity and humor to help hospitalized children during their recovery. Art with Heart's site also provides information on upcoming events and a link to its online shopping center, where books and other gifts are available.
Art with Heart receives support from foundations, corporations, and individuals.