Programs

Open Hearts Art Center provides the unique opportunity for differently abled adults to express themselves using a variety of creative avenues. Through innovative and stimulating forms of expression, we have witnessed firsthand, how individuals begin to define themselves using words like “skilled”, “talented”, “gifted”. Our everyday goal is to redirect the focus from what our students are unable to accomplish, and instead emphasize their many, and vast abilities.

Studio Arts Day Program

Open Hearts day program provides instructional classes five days a week, Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm in visual and performing arts.  Classes offered are as unique and varied as the individuals teaching and participating in them.  When visiting the studio you might see a group dance performance, student artist’s painting on a life size canvas or artists sewing up a stuffed monster. A typical week at Open Hearts could include classes in painting, drama, dance, music, fiber arts, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, screen printing, gardening (seasonal) and creative writing.  We have two different classes each day, both running for a period of two hours.   Professional artists and crafters collaborate with student artists to develop a project idea and then bring it to life.

Days Available: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Times: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Studio Arts Day Program

Artist Exhibition Program

Artists of Open Hearts Art Center have an opportunity to exhibit and market artwork created during their studio time at the day program.  Open Hearts showcases artwork within the community, at local and regional art festivals, special events, galleries, our annual open house, in restaurants, in office space, and at our permanent booth at Woolworth Walk.  Artists are able to generate an income by receiving 50% of the sale, with the remaining  50% supplementing an arts supply and marketing fund.  The Exhibition Program not only increases confidence and autonomy within the artist but also raises public awareness of the numerous artistic abilities that members of this population possess.

Days Available: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Times: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Artist Exhibition Program

Boundless Art Project

Boundless Art allows student artists to travel outside the boundaries of the Open Hearts Studio.  Artists will be able to visit galleries, attend field trips and art exhibits, offer satellite classes in the community, and volunteer.  The opportunities are endless!

Days Available: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Times: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Boundless Art Project