4 Your Community: Kids get creative because of Art With a Heart

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 25, 2016) - Today with budget restrictions, many kids aren’t getting the art classes they would normally receive.  However, there is one local nonprofit making sure Hoosier children stay creative with what they’re doing for your community.

At Center For Inquiry in Downtown Indianapolis, these children still get a heavy dose of art education.

Nichole Stevens is a parent and volunteer and says the lessons are making a big difference in all parts of their day.

“I’ve noticed with all the kids even though we’ve only been doing this for a few months, their writing has improved, their number concept has improved, even their artistic ability,” said Stevens.

This class of kindergartners is benefiting from a program founded in 2002 called Art With a Heart.

“Art with a Heart was started to provide high quality, small class size art programming for kids who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it,” said executive director Andrew Lee.

One particular program allows the teachers to be trained by Art With A Heart, but they also offer summer camps, honors art classes and after school programs.

“Art provides that vehicle.  It’s the only subject in school that does not have right or wrong answers,” said Lee.  “Everybody can participate.  Everybody can feel successful.”

Stevens isn’t very good with drawing or painting either.  So it was no surprise when her child didn’t show interest at first.  Now, he and the other kids have learned skills for the classroom and their everyday lives.

“These kids, they’re 6-year-olds, but they’ve got so much creative ability,” said Stevens.  “They’re able to harness that creativity, and put it down paper and put in all these concepts that a lot of people don’t learn until high school.”

Art With a Heart is always looking for funding and for volunteers.

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