First of all, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all who have supported us in the past few weeks since we officially launched Art With Heart! To our friends, families, local businesses, and even complete strangers, we would simply not be able to achieve our goal of improving health through art without you. Here are a few updates:
1) Since we launched our Indiegogo fundraiser 4 weeks ago, we have raised over $1600 dollars! We not only reached our goal, but we surpassed it and continue to aim higher and higher. The donations ranged from $10 to $500, and every bit helps a whole lot (shout out to Spin Master Games for their $500 contribution)! We will be continuing to fundraise until December 26th, so spread the word! If you would like to make a donation as a gift for someone, feel free to shoot us an email and we would be happy to send you a certificate of your donation.
Link to donate and share: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/art-with-heart
2) We also participated in the Aviva Community Fund competition last week, trying to gain as many votes as possible to get us into the Semi-final round where we would have a shot at the $50,000 grand prize. Although we fell just short of qualifying, the support shown by our community was incredible! Our idea received over 1000 votes which proves just how much people believe in this organization. We are glad that our passion for this cause is shared by so many others!
3) This week our school will be collecting and donating winter clothing, toys and books to the Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation community. Art With Heart, along with collecting warm clothing, will be donating four photo books to the community in order to brighten up the moods of those emotionally and physically affected by the long and harsh winter. Stay tuned for details on our second official project (the first of which was the photo album for a local retirement home a few weeks ago)!
As you can see, Art With Heart is off to an excellent start and we hope to continue to make a difference in our local and national community (and someday maybe international!). Our long term goals include outfitting hospitals with photo galleries and murals to liven up the walls, as well as running photography workshops in Northern Canadian communities to help teens with mental health issues. Although we aren't yet doctors and politicians that can cure disease and provide running water for communities that have none, we are determined to help in the way we know best, through art.