In the Landmark Self-Expression and Leadership Program, Kim Henry of the Houston area founded Heart thru Art, a program that raises money to fund art programs for homeless children in Fort Bend and Harris counties through a pre-existing organization named Artbridge. Heart Thru Art’s first fundraiser was recognized as a success by Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, in their December 2008 issue. The article follows below.
Heart thru Art Fundraiser a Success
Mission of program is to raise money to provide art programs for homeless children.
Heart thru Art, founded by Kim Henry, a participant in the Self Expression Leadership Program of Landmark Education, held its first community fundraising event.
Heart thru Art is a community fund-raising event that fosters an enriched community spirit by bringing the people of the Sugar Land area together to appreciate the arts through the diverse cultures for the greater cause of giving back to the children in need throughout Fort Bend and Harris counties.
Henry discovered the nonprofit organization Art Bridge, which brings the expressive arts and art therapy into the lives of children in homeless shelters.
The mission for Heart thru Art is to raise money to provide art programs for homeless children and to combat the despair of homelessness by nurturing hope and self-esteem through the joy of art expression. The art therapy classes provided by ArtBridge serve a population of children already exposed to serious losses and pain such as family upheaval, chaos, neglect and often domestic violence. The monies raised are used to facilitate art therapy by Art Bridge for the children at the DePelchin Richmond Center located in Richmond.
This project wouldn’t have been possible without the donated space at Town Square by the SLTS Management Company and the gifts donated by Mi Luna ’s Restaurant, Sam Houston Race Park and Vineyard on the Square. Janet Green, Silvia Morgan, Lim Chung, Lani Roberson, Carmen Flores, Chuck Richardson, Sandy Scott, Trey Lancaster, Mishtia, Shymn, JZ , George Covington, and Charmaine Edwards were among many of the local artists who participated in the Art Show and who also donated artwork to Heart thru Art that was sold to raise money during the event.
The Artists Alliance of Sugar Land, The Bridge Fellowship and a dedicated, extraordinary community of Sugar Land residents volunteered to contribute to the great success of the event.