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.
Open Hearts serves individuals over 18 years of age who have been diagnosed as having a developmental disability. The primary funding source for the individuals we support is provided through the Innovations Waiver, which is administered by Vaya Health. We currently offer day supports group and day supports individual provided by our direct support professionals at our studio, located at 217 Coxe Ave in Asheville.
We provide off-site community networking and supported employment micro-enterprise.
We also accept individuals who would like to pay privately for our service. The fee for private pay is $75 per day.
Referrals to our program may be done by the individual seeking services or through an agency either via email or phone. Applications to be considered for admission to our program can be obtained by emailing our QP.
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.
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.
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!