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From all of us at Art with Heart to all of our fans: thank you. Thank you for your kindness, your generosity, and your warm hearts. Five weeks into my new role as CEO, it was an incredible experience to share a room with so many inspiring people at the Color of Hope Benefit Luncheon.[…read more…]

There are so many different ways creativity can be expressed. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen how our programs can cultivate children’s imaginations and allow them to create work to help them through hardship. Seeing what these young artists created at Roxhill Elementary School and Ryther Child Center art showcases was a wonderful experience. At[…read more…]

It can be difficult to run your first youth program. You will face challenges, and often you’ll face them alone. These five tips will help keep things smooth and make your program a success!     1. Understand what you don’t understand. Kids come from all different backgrounds, and you might not know just what’s[…read more…]

Hello blogosphere! I’m Erica, Art with Heart’s new communications specialist. I spend most days writing blogs, interviewing people who use our therapeutic tools, and posting on social media. I love grammar and I love words, but more than both of these, I love knowing that the work that I do benefits kids. As a newcomer[…read more…]

Benefit Concert: By Kids, For Kids

February 16th, 2016.

Bollywood-style dance, an electric cello, and acoustic mash-ups were only a few of the surprises at the Overlake School Benefit Concert in January. Students at Overlake School showcased their special talents for their family, friends, and Art with Heart, having fun and raising proceeds in the process. This special event was actually put together by[…read more…]

  At the end of 2015, we shared a post about remembering a lost loved one, and so to start off 2016, we want to share some special art projects you can do to celebrate yourself! You are entirely unique. There’s no one like you. And taking care of yourself is the most important thing[…read more…]

Wildfires ravaged central Washington this summer, burning over 900,000 square miles of land and destroying 200 homes. While the entire community was reeling from the fallout, school counselors were working hard to support their students and help them heal. Kayla Helleson, Manson Elementary School counselor, who had attended a Chill & Spill training, knew about the power[…read more…]

“Just you wait until kids are given tools to engage their suffering in positive ways. Just you wait until kids experience the healing that comes with creative self-expression. Just you wait to see a world where all kids who have experienced trauma can turn their pain into possibility!” Those were the words spoken by JJ[…read more…]

Kelly Dobelstein, a trained mental health therapist, is the latest addition to the Art with Heart team. Kelly is passionate about engaging the mental health-care community and providing resources for professionals working with youth and families in the areas of trauma and grief support. Her passion makes her a great fit for her role as[…read more…]

Earlier this year a grant from the Loeb Family Charitable Foundation brought Art with Heart to the teen MAP program of Marysville, Washington’s YMCA. The Art with Heart group met weekly for 10 weeks with members who ranged from 15 to 18 years of age. The group faces a variety of emotional challenges, including some[…read more…]