Art with Heart’s purpose is to spread the healing power of creative expression to kids facing trauma or adversity. Coming soon, we will be relaunching our website which will serve as a forum for greater connection and inspiration.

We know that evolution and self-expression go hand in hand. As we enter our third decade, we are evolving our brand expression to represent the greater possibility and momentum experienced through partnership. It will be a place where you can read stories of incredible personal growth, experience the impact that your engagement and support have on kids around the world, and connect with others.

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Art with Heart has a long and rich history of improving children’s emotional health and well-being. Since 1996, our books and programs have helped young people communicate their silent burdens, allowing healing to begin. Through strategic collaborations with both mental health professionals and popular children’s book illustrators, we combine evidence-based therapeutic approaches to develop age-appropriate therapeutic books, programs, and trainings that lead to better outcomes for youth, locally, nationally and internationally.

Founded in 1996

For founder and Executive Director, Steffanie Lorig, compassion and career are intimately connected. Inspired by desire to give back, she left a successful and award-winning graphic design career to pursue her passion to help children in crisis. Her previous writing, illustration, and strategic art direction experience helped her shape Art with Heart into a unique outreach utilizing the power of the printed page to reach children through the power of creativity.

In 1996, Ms. Lorig launched Art with Heart as the community outreach branch of the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). AwH served the community, bringing creativity to almost 5,000 Seattle children and teens in crisis, offering self-portrait workshops for children affected by cancer, creative meals and self-empowering workshops for street teens, and writing projects that brought together homeless children and senior citizens.

After six years under AIGA, AwH spun off to become its own nonprofit 501(c)3 in August of 2002, which is when their first book, Oodles of Doodles was published. This amicable split allowed us to put children first and expand our offerings past the boundaries of Seattle.

While we are proud of our past, we are enthusiastic about the future, and excited to help create a brighter future for more children and teens around the world. Learn how you can help! >>

Schools, Hospitals & Others Find Benefit

Creative Kids“Art with Heart’s books helped our agency connect with our kids in a way that we had never been able to before…”

Thousands of nonprofits and schools have used our therapeutic books with kids over the years. Below is a small sampling of those who have recently used our therapeutic books with 100 children or more:


    • Atlantic Street Center (WA)
    • Bering Strait School District (AK)
    • Butte County Behavioral Health (CA)
    • Casey Family Programs (WA)
    • Committee For Children (WA)
    • Cowlitz Tribal Health (WA)
    • Del Valle Independent School District (TX)
    • Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska (NE)
    • Navos Mental Health Solutions (WA)
    • NW Educational Service District 189 (WA)
    • Pioneer Human Services (WA)

  • River Art Studios (IL)
  • Safe Crossings Foundation (WA)
  • Seattle Public Schools (WA)
  • Snoqualmie Behavioral Health (WA)<s/mall>
  • Sound Mental Health (WA)
  • South Mountain Middle School (PA)
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (IL)
  • Southern NV Child & Adolescent Services (NV)
  • Twin Rivers School District (CA)
  • YMCA of Snohomish County (WA)
  • YouthCare (WA)


    • Abbott Northwestern Hospital (MN)
    • All Children’s Hospital (FL)
    • Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation (MO)
    • Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western WA (WA)
    • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (GA)
    • Children’s Hospital Central California (CA)
    • Children’s Hospital of Michigan (MI)
    • Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (TX)
    • Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (MO)
    • Comforting Kids (CA)
    • CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital (TX)
    • Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas (TX)
    • Detroit Medical Center (MI)
    • Harborview Medical Center (WA)
    • Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children (VA)
    • IWK Health Centre (Canada)
    • John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital (AZ)
    • Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (MD)
    • Kaiser Permanente-Sacramento (CA)

    • Legacy Health (OR)
    • Memorial Hospital for Children (CO)
    • MultiCare Health Systems (WA)
    • Norton Healthcare (KY)
    • Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (WA)
    • Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanual (OR)
    • The Ryan Foundation (MD)
    • St. Alphonsus Cancer Care Center (ID)
    • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (TN)
    • St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital (ID)
    • Starlight Children’s Foundation (Canada)
    • Starlight Children’s Foundation (CO)
    • Starlight Children’s Foundation Northwest (WA)
    • Swedish Medical Center (WA)
    • The Taylor Family Foundation (CA)
    • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital (CA)
    • Vanderbilt University (TN)
    • Wonders & Worries (TX)