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Art With a Heart is able to help thanks to your generous donations.

Art With A Heart hosted three days of events in Whitby for Culture Days, a cross-Canada celebration. Durham residents participated or learned about storytelling, dance, modern batik painting, textile art and face painting....for free. Art With A Heart gave people the opportunity to learn artforms from skilled working artists.
We met “Bill” during a series of workshops for at-risk youth. His artwork was powerful and impactful, and during the course of our time together he shared an interest in becoming a chef. For other youth, deciding a career path meant going on to college, university or learning a trade. For “Bill”, even though he had identified his career calling, there may not be an opportunity for him to go to college. His family’s financial situation didn’t allow for paying tuition and the other costs of going to school. Youth employment was down and this was another barrier to raising school funds. It was unlikely that “Bill” would be able to pursue his newly found dream ...until a generous Art With a Heart donor stepped in and offered him a tuition bursary. This support, combined with student loans, has helped “Bill” start his studies to become a Chef.
One young woman we met with during a youth workshop shared a story that resonated with most of our board members. “April” grew up in a home where her voice wasn’t heard, where she felt she was disregarded. In our workshops, she found her “voice” and she gained the confidence to allow herself to be heard. “April’s” artwork is impressive, powerful and filled with emotion. When our executive director is asked to attend an event with day-long face painting, she often hires “April” to join the team for the day. “April” found her voice and gained confidence at Art With a Heart workshops, AND she discovered a new avenue for employment.
While Art With a Heart was being formed, we held a fundraising gala where internationally acclaimed bandurist Victor Mishalow performed and artists donated their work to raise funds to help with an initiative for people to go to the Ukraine to teach art at the Ukrainian orphanages and dormitories. We raised more than $2,000 to help children.

Your generous donation helps improve peoples’ lives.

Choose where to direct your donation:

  • Durham-based young women under 25 who are parenting for the first time
  • Durham seniors to help them rediscover their relationships with their adult children
  • Seniors who live in Durham and who are experiencing varying degrees of dementia
  • People who live in assisted living homes
  • Durham-based people living with cancer
  • Youth-at-risk in Durham.
  • A bursary to help a person pursue artistic studies

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Choose to donate supplies and materials as well:

We can help more people if we are able to keep our expenses low. Your generous contribution of materials and supplies means that more people can experience our programs. Our materials wish list includes:

  • Paints
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ink
  • Stylus’
  • Pens
  • Candle-making wax
  • Canvases
  • Muslin
  • Tile pieces
  • Ceramics
  • Fabrics

Your gift cards and merchandise credit are greatly appreciated.

As a registered charity we issue tax receipts for cash and goods in kind.
Registered charity #848982658 RR0001

Help us help people through art

Special thanks to the generous donors, sponsors and artists who have supported us during 2011.

Amanda Humphrey (designer, In the Red House Design); Curry’s Art Store (Thickson and Hwy #2, Whitby); Janice McHaffie Studio (Clairmont); Kimat Designs Custom Framing (Whitby); Late Gig Productions & Bruce Richardson (sound and lighting consultant); Lavish Salon & Spa (Brock St., Whitby); Lifeart Designs Photography; Ocala Orchards Farm Winery Ltd. (Port Perry); Rose Garden Place; Sobey’s (Ontario); Quality Hotel & Conference Centre (Oshawa); Starbucks Whitby (Taunton & Brock, Whitby); The Heather Luckhart Collective; The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa)

Artists: Albert Mueller, mixed media; Dalyn Jackson, mixed media; Heather Sinnott; Janice McHaffie, mixed media; Julie McNab; Kate Collver, fine art marker rendering; Kim Mather, modern batik art, free motion embroidery; Leif Petersen, photography; Meagan Mather, modern batik art, etching; Patty Bowman Kingsley; Sheri Gundry, mixed media; Tyler Tilley, mixed media abstract.

Note: At Art With a Heart, we believe in sharing our stories, and enhancing the lives of our participants. To help preserve participant privacy, we have chosen to alter their names to provide some measure of anonymity. The individual participants have authorized us to share their stories and also allow us to present images of the art they created while working with us.