What people are saying about ArtHeart
Testimonials from some of our many participants and volunteers.
“We are starting up our afterschool programs for another school year, and we are interested in working back with you guys for the art heart program. Our members enjoyed the program so much last year that it was one of the most recommended programs that they wanted to see again this year.” – David Metilelu – Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club “I love ArtHeart summer camp because we learn water colors, how to use paper mache, do sketching and comics, virtual graffiti, learning about artists, doing still-life drawings, painting on canvas’s, food arts, collages, learning about inspiration, going on field trips and I also enjoy digital art.” – Ifaz (age 10.5) “I like to draw picture. I like to make bracelets. I like to paint. I like to paint my pictures.” – Karen (age 8) “I like ArtHeart because they have art and also it’s fun to do art. ArtHeart’s a good place to make art for kids because when they grow up they could teach art to their kids!” – Fazra (age 9) “I love Artheart summer camp because I get to do sketching with my friends and make comics too. But the thing I like to do most is to have fun doing Art at Artheart.” – Saajid (age 9) “I like ArtHeart because they are always positive. I enjoy painting here too.” — Gabriella (age 10) “My daughter raved about Artheart through K-club & she told us about Sunday drop in & we came & had so much fun! I really bonded with my daughter & son & painted a painting for the very first time! I will definitely be coming back every week!” – Laurie “Artheart is a wonderful experience to enrich your artistic skills. You are given the opportunity to experience many diverse art forms in a non-discriminating atmosphere.” – K. Bowan “Because of ArtHeart I now have the confidence to attend art school. I am graduating this year and looking for work.” – Claire M. “I love Artheart summer camp because I get to do sketching with my friends and make comics too. But the thing I like to do most is to have fun doing Art at Artheart.” – Saajid (age 9) “We like to come to the family program at ArtHeart because it gives us a chance to be creative together as a family. The staff is so friendly & encouraging, the children can’t wait to come back the next week.” – James “Walking into ArtHeart’s wonderful space you are instantly met by the amazing sound of creativity. People are chatting, discussing ideas, techniques, but also what they want to say through their art — what they want to say about themselves, their world and their lives. Art gives all of us a way to say things we can’t always express in conversation over a coffee — joy, pain, beauty. Artistic impression is just one way people have to express their inner lives, but the tools for making that expression are often taken for granted. ArtHeart helps bridge that gap by giving access to people who can’t easily get it on their own. It’s not just access to materials, which aren’t cheap, it’s also access to the skills needed to do things like lino-cuts, wood blocks, watercolours. The people of Regent Park all have things they want to say. ArtHeart helps them say it.” -Artist, Children’s Author and CBC broadcaster “I like coming to Sunday family programming because I get to be creative and spend time with my daughter. We love here.” – Sophie “Rick looked like the men we pass on the street — the men we often shun. But Rick wasn’t homeless and he wasn’t a panhandler. I learned this as we bonded over art.” – Donna Tranquada
As an Art Heart volunteer, I am writing to express how impressed I am with the organization and how amazing it would be for them to receive funding to the extent all the good they do for the Regent Park Community.
While helping out with the adult art drop in program this summer, these are a few of the wonderful things that I have observed; the feeling of acceptance.
Like Toronto, the people in the program are diverse- Old and younger- and I love a place that focuses on older people that need help, as well as young people. Different ethnicities, from different backgrounds and with different abilities. They all come together in a calm and friendly and supportive environment. Everyone supports each other– participants and staff. There is a real sense of belonging.
The hive of artistic activity: I am very impressed by the burst of creativity from the moment everyone arrives, to they time we must clean up. Not a moment (other than a break for a friendly, healthy dinner) is spared. Everyone is painting, sewing, printing, asking questions and helping other artists with their work. The quality and variety of the art and crafts created is remarkable. And so is the self esteem that this fosters.
The quality of the staff: Art Heart is so well run. The staff are respectful, knowledgeable, full of energy and fun. And they know how to stretch a dollar– I was so surprised how they come up with clever ways to keep the costs of the art supplies and equipment down, without interfering with the quality of the experience or resulting creations of the members.
After my shift has ended I find myself happy and reenergized. Art Heart is a wonderful environment. My only worry is that the Adult program is only open Wednesday evenings and during the day on Thursdays. With more funding we could expand this experience and all it achieves to more members and more often.
In my mind, this is just the organization that deserves whatever donations towards its work that it can get.
– Kingi Carpenter, Owner/Designer Peach Berserk, Board Member of the Ontario Arts Education Association.
As a child Santi loved to draw, he often dreamt of becoming an artist someday but, life had different paths laid ahead for him and art was left dormant for a long, long time.
Fortunately, as he has gotten older he has had the luxury to find the time and desire to get back to drawing. He has since been hard at it for many years and been enjoying it tremendously.
In the Spring of 2019, he fell into the darkest pit of sadness when he lost his younger brother to cancer. Seeking a way to deal with it, he took the advice of a former ArtHeart volunteer to join ArtHeart, hoping that starting to paint would give him something to focus on.