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David Henning, Volunteer Extraordinaire

January 23, 2017
Draw It Out Volunteer

Children at Van Asselt gravitated toward him and readily shared experiences and emotions. When we met David Henning last winter, we knew he was something special. His easy rapport with children and enthusiasm always left us smiling, and we weren’t alone. Children at Van Asselt gravitated toward him and readily shared experiences and emotions. Last[…read more…]

Join Art with Heart at the Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

January 17, 2017

The Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief is focused on supporting grief professionals in a holistic conference experience where grief support providers can come together and discuss the concept of traumatic loss and the types of therapies that have worked for them and their practices. WHEN: Friday, February 24th, 2017 WHERE: Pacific Tower 1200 12th Avenue South Seattle, WA[…read more…]

Unlocking Misconceptions with Draw It Out

January 9, 2017

“Children facing grief commonly experience “magical thinking,” that can impact them negatively.” When three year old Brian shut the door just as his older brother Luke’s head collided with the knob, he didn’t realize what the result would be. Shortly thereafter, Luke was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It wasn’t until after he died, three[…read more…]

The Best of Art With Heart 2016

January 2, 2017

This year, Art with Heart has continued many fruitful partnerships with organizations like Childhaven and Friends of Youth. We’ve also gained some very exciting new partners, including Navos Mental Health Solutions and the Highline School District. We’ve trained all of their counselors in Draw It Out, and are looking forward to a spring Chill &[…read more…]

Fond Farewells and New Beginnings

December 29, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but this is my last week at Art with Heart before I transition into my next chapter. It’s been an incredible two decades, and I’ve treasured the opportunity to partner with you to help so many young hearts. If you’re a new friend to Art with Heart, welcome! What a great[…read more…]

True Colors: Emotional Learning with Lucy

December 19, 2016

Big emotions come in small packages; anyone who knows a toddler can attest to that. This fall, when I brought my daughter Lucy to preschool, I noticed a chart posted just inside the door: four rectangles in basic colors were captioned with “How Am I Feeling?” What I didn’t realize was that this would become one[…read more…]

Stones for Peace at Navos

December 12, 2016

When Sally, one of Art with Heart’s program coordinators, tells people she’s running a program at Navos Behavioral Health, she says that she watches their eyes go big, or their eyebrows fly up in surprise. She says that they comment about how difficult that must be. It’s easy to understand why people might respond this[…read more…]

The Pages We Love

November 28, 2016

All of my colleagues at Art with Heart are wonderfully creative people with big hearts for children. Each of us came to the organization with the desire to empower kids, and we’ve benefitted right alongside the young lives we’ve worked hard to improve. One of the ways our days are warmed through our work is by[…read more…]

Sneak Peek! A Look at Our Newest Curriculum

November 21, 2016

If you know one thing about nonprofits, it’s that our priorities shift according to the needs of the people we’re serving, and sometimes that means putting a big project on hold and coming back to it later. We’re very excited to be picking up the Magnificent Marvelous Me! Leader’s Companion right where we left off.[…read more…]

Losing Lantu, Building Community

November 14, 2016

Imagine losing a friend as close as family. Not just any friend, but one who seemed capable of anything. A friend whose determination and spirit meant that nothing could hold her back. That’s the kind of friend—the kind of person—Lantu was. In Ethiopia, children with special needs can lose out: on parents, education, and community.[…read more…]

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