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,” and “gifted.” Our everyday goal is to redirect the focus from what the artists are unable to accomplish, and instead, emphasize their many and vast abilities.

Studio Arts Day Program

Open Hearts day program provides instructional activities 8:45am-3pm in visual and performing arts. Activities offered are as unique and varied as the individuals leading and participating in them. When visiting the studio you might see a group dance performance, student artists 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, and creative writing.

 

Days Available: Availability subject to change, please contact QP for most up to date information.

Times: 8:45am to 3:00pm

Contact: Tara Brummett tara.openhearts@gmail.com (828)505-8428 ext. 100

Day Supports

This is an individualized and group service that provides assistance to consumers in acquiring, retaining, or improving in self-help, socialization and adaptive skills. Day Supports are furnished in a non-residential setting, separate from the home or facility where the consumer resides.

 

Days Available: Availability subject to change, please contact QP Tara Brummett for most up to date information.

Times: Availability subject to change, please contact QP Tara Brummett for most up to date information.

Contact: Tara Brummett tara.openhearts@gmail.com (828)505-8428 ext. 100

Boundless Art Project

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

Days Available: Availability subject to change, please contact QP Tara Brummett for most up to date information.

Times: 8:45am to 3:00pm

Contact:Tara Brummett tara.openhearts@gmail.com (828)505-8428 ext. 100

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: Availability subject to change, please contact QP for most up to date information.

Times: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Locations where Open Hearts art is displayed on an ongoing basis: Open Hearts Art Center Gallery, Woolworth Walk, Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shacks in Arden and West Asheville, Biscuit Head in West, Asheville, Homegrown in North Asheville


The Open Hearts Gallery is currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit our ongoing exhibits listed above to view artwork or shop art for sale on this website or in our Etsy shop

Supported Employment

Supported Employment Services provide assistance with choosing, acquiring, and maintaining a job for consumers for whom competitive employment has not been achieved and/or has been interrupted or intermittent. These services can include pre-job training/education and development activities to prepare a person to engage in meaningful work-related activities, such as career/educational counseling, job shadowing, assistance in the use of educational resources, training in resume preparation, job interview skills, study skills, and assistance in learning skills necessary for job retention.

 

Staff providing Supported Employment may also help a consumer develop and operate a micro-enterprise. This assistance consists of helping consumers identify potential business opportunities, develop a business plan, and identify supports that are necessary to operate the business. Supported Employment services can include coaching and activities that enable a consumer to complete initial job training or maintain employment, such as monitoring, supervision, assistance in job tasks, work adjustment training and counseling.


Days Available:
Availability subject to change, please contact QP Tara Brummett for most up to date information.

Times: Availability subject to change, please contact QP Tara Brummett for most up to date information.

Contact: Tara Brummett tara.openhearts@gmail.com (828)505-8428 ext. 100

Community Networking

This service offers consumers a variety of opportunities to interact with their community. They are supported to interact consistently with peers who do not have a disability by being given opportunities to:

 

  • participate in adult education.
  • develop community-based time management skills.
  • participate in community-based classes for the development of hobbies or leisure/cultural interests.
  • volunteer.
  • participate in formal and/or informal associations and/or community groups.
  • complete training and education in self-determination and self-advocacy.
  • learn how to use public transportation.
  • be included in a broad range of community settings that allow them to make community connections.
  • be transported when the activity does not include staffing support and the destination of the transportation is an integrated community setting or a self-advocacy activity.


Days Available:
Availability subject to change, please contact QP Tara Brummett for most up to date information.

Times: Availability subject to change, please contact QP Tara Brummett for most up to date information.

Contact: Tara Brummett tara.openhearts@gmail.com (828)505-8428 ext. 100