Art from the Heart

Programs / Art From the Heart

Art from the Heart was started in 1994 by Abby Rose, and is modeled after the Harlem Art Studio in Harlem NY. Our goal with this program is to facilitate self-expression with recovering children. Our philosophy is simple and direct: allow children to grow and heal through their own creative process.

In order to accomplish our goals, we have a group of wonderful volunteers who bring a copious amount of art supplies up to the children on Baird 5, the inpatient pediatric's ward of Fletcher Allen Hospital. Once there, the volunteers transform the children's playroom into a temporary art studio. For those who must stay in bed, the volunteers offer bedside painting.

Art from the Heart's official partnership with Fletcher Allen began when it became a program of Burlington City Arts in 1997 and has remained strong ever since. Each year, the program showcases the young artists' work by producing an assortment of greeting cards that can be pre-ordered for the holiday season or a special occasion. Art from the Heart also exhibits patient's work several times throughout the year, where families of participating children, donors, volunteers and administrations from BCA and Fletcher Allen come together to celebrate the children, volunteers, and the art of healing.

We are always looking for volunteers who have compassion, creativity, and love working with children. Artistic interest is important, but experience is not necesssary. If you'd like to be a much-revered Art from the Heart volunteer, contact our Outreach Program Volunteer Coordinator.