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Did you know that #GivingTuesday is just around the corner? Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (December 1st, 2015) #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

As the Giving season approaches we wanted to share with you how Open Hearts Art Center gives back to the community. About once a month a group of our talented artists and staff pack up the van with musical instruments and head down the road to StoneCreek Health and Rehabilitation, a local Asheville premier skilled nursing facility that provides compassionate and superior care to short-term rehabilitation and long-term care residents.

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(Above, Open Hearts artist Melanie serenading the residents with a solo performance.) 

When the Open Heart’s artists arrive at StoneCreek they entertain a dining room full of residents with everything from interpretive dance to musical performances of covers and original tunes written in the Open Hearts song-writing classes. Dawn, one of our Open Hearts artists, experienced her first visit to StoneCreek just last week. She shared that she enjoyed going on the trip and singing because she could tell that their performances brightened the residents day. “When people smile at me it makes me happy, and I could tell they were all really happy by the way they were smiling during the whole song” Dawn shared. 

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(Above, Dawn saying hello to one of the StoneCreek residents after their performance.) 

The visits to StoneCreek are just one example of trips made through the Open Hearts Art Center’s Boundless Arts Project. The Boundless Arts Project allows our artists to go into the community and experience, learn, and give back. Stina Andersen,  Project Coordinator of the Boundless Arts Program, explains that trips like the ones to StoneCreek are important to the program because they give the artists an opportunity to be empowered by sharing their talents with the larger community. “The StoneCreek residents look forward all month to our artists coming to perform” Stina explained, “the trip is beneficial on both ends because the residents enjoy it and it gives our artists a new perspective on how they can help improve the quality of others lives as well.”

 

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(Above, Open Hearts artist Alex passing out instruments to the residents.)

 Not only do the StoneCreek residents find joy in watching the performances, but they get to take part of the fun by playing instruments and singing along. Whether it’s funds, resources, or just a reason to smile the act of giving comes in all shapes and sizes. Open Hearts Art Center is grateful for opportunities like these to be able to give back to our caring community. If you are looking for your own opportunity to give back this season please consider thinking of us this #GivingTuesday. You can donate directly on the Open Hearts website at any time! We cherish your support and honor you in whatever way you decide to contribute for this #GivingTuesday. From the bottom of our hearts we are so appreciative of all the love and support.

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Article by Darcy Wade