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News from the Heart 
 Summer 2016
Art with a Heart in Healthcare provides personalized fine art experiences that enhance the healing process for patients and their families.

What is Arts in Medicine?

The Art of Giving 

This past month the Mett family stopped by our office to make their annual donation to Art with a Heart in Healthcare.
Thank you Mett Family for supporting AWAHIH!!!

Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach hosted a benefit  for Art with a Heart in Healthcare with a private preview artists reception for their spring art exhibition.  Four pieces of artwork by each featured artist were raffled as a fundraiser to benefit Art With A Heart in Healthcare and $4000 was raised, with an additional sales coming in after the event. A total of $7000 was raised for Art with a Heart in Healthcare!!!!
Thank you to Stellers Gallery, the participating artists, and  those that attended for their support.

"Art Can bring a smile to a sick child"
"Donations are needed"

"The little girl sat enthralled, carefully coloring the picture of a caterpillar sketched on her paper.
She dabbed in a dark green for the creature's first segments, then added a lime-colored segment followed by purple and yellow segments and finally another dark green. 
The many crawling legs she painted a bright orange".
Continue reading the article from the Florida Times Union and   here!
To make a tax-deductible donation 
Remembrance Weekend 2016

Art with a Heart in Healthcare teamed with The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation  for their annual Remembrance Weekend event held in July at the Sawgrass Mariott.  The Remembrance Weekend is for families who have lost a child to cancer. These families gather to celebrate the lives of their children and embrace the healing process and emotional support for one another.

Over 30 families who have lost a child to cancer participated in this years group art project designed and facilitated by Art with a Heart in Healthcare. The piece was one of remembrance, with each family member creating an original painted glass heart.  Artist in Residence, Anne Roberts, also facilitated a special Jewelry making session for the siblings that attended the event.  Both projects represented the theme for the weekend. "Let The Sun Shine" 


If you are an artist who enjoys helping children and families discover their creativity, we encourage you to join our volunteer team.  We have open opportunities seven days a week.  Our volunteers represent all ages and sectors of the community.  For more detailed information, please see our Volunteer page on our website. 

Art with a Heart is grateful for the selfless 
devotion of our volunteers.
Patsy Moore
Pati Merrill
Rachel Smith
Alexis Audate
Jennifer Guthrie
Jessica Smoleroff
Justin Hamilton
Traci Jones
Jill Olmos
Brooke McKinney

Volunteer Artist Spotlight

Katherine Cox
After seeing the Art with a Heart in Healthcare Express Your Selfie patient exhibit at the Jacksonville Airport when she moved here last fall to start a year-long service term with National Health Corps Florida, Katherine researched Art with a Heart in Healthcare and decided that it would be a perfect fit for volunteering.

During her time as a volunteer she liked how the patient art requests pushed her outside of her comfort zone. I was asked to draw/paint things that I normally wouldn't think of, and it forced me to grow as an artist. I also love the look on their face when I give them the final product; the children and families are always so grateful, and eager to hang it up in their room. 

When asked about why she want to work with Art with a Heart in Healthcare Katherine explained that spent an extended period of time at Seattle Children's Hospital when she was about 12 years old. I remember feeling very alone and scared, and there were so many doctors and nurses that came to speak with me-- it was overwhelming. However, I remember there was a volunteer artist that came to visit one day, and she drew my portrait as a gift. I remember the calming feeling of having someone draw me, and really listen to me when I was talking. It made me feel human, and not like a sick patient.  

Katherine has now moved back to the Pacific Northwest after accepting a position at Oregon Health Authority as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in Portland. She will be part of a county-wide wellness initiative taking a systems-approach to creating healthy communities. She hopes one day to fulfill her dream and create a holistic healing center.

Thank you Katherine for sharing your time and talents with Art with a Heart in Healthcare. We wish you all the best for the future.

UNF and Art with a Heart in Healthcare
Internship Program 
Wolfson Children's Hospital & Kids Together Against Cancer  AWAHIH Artist in Residence, Laura Meier first came to our program as an intern through the University of North Florida and Art with a Heart in Healthcare internship program.  Watch and learn more about the students experiences in our program.  

Support Art with a Heart in Healthcare 

Foundations, corporations, partners, sponsors and individual donors who through their generous funding ensure that the children have the best staff, volunteers and art supplies available.
Donations support our growing programs and we invite you to join our team.  To Make a tax deductible donation  click here!!!

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Patient Artwork

Art with a Heart Team

Christy Ponder
Executive Director
Artist in Residence

Lori Presto, MSW
Program Director
Artist in Residence
Ajamu Mutima
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Cheryl Borja
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Samantha Solley
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Laura Meier
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital & Kids Together Against Cancer
Matt Richards
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Maddie Firestone
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Korey Cunningham
Artist in Residence
Wolfson and Nemours
Anne Roberts
Artist in Residence
Wolfson and Neumors
Bob Drost
Artist in Residence

Art with Heart in Healthcare 
 everyday of the week!!!

With the addition of two service days in the Emergency Department, Art with a Heart now operates seven days a week at Wolfson Children's Hospital. 

A big thank you to the Cummer Family Foundation sponsorship that allows Art with Heart in Healthcare to be in the emergency room two days a week.  

Seven days a week our talented team of staff artists, community volunteers and interns from the University of North Florida and University of Florida develop sessions individualized to meet the needs of patients and families at bedside or in groups. Together we create art that helps to reclaim the child from the illness.

Art with a Heart in Healthcare extends our appreciation to all the philanthropic  organizations, businesses and individuals who supported our mission. The success  of our programs would not be possible without you.

"Inside The Outline"
opens at MOCA  Jacksonville 

ROBIN.  Acrylic on canvas, 16x16

O ver 160 people gathered for our opening reception of 
Inside The Outline  a t MOCA Jacksonville on Sunday, August, 7.  The exhibit consists of silhouettes of 26 patients at Wolfson and Nemours Children's Speciality Care.  
Each artist  was asked; what makes you happy? To answer this question, patients silhouettes were sketched on a canvas and then filled with images of what makes them happy.   Patients collaborated with artists in residence to bring out there natural talent and expand their art-making skills.  
The exhibit is open until December, 4 in the Florida Blue Educational Gallery at MOCA  Jacksonville. 

Thank you to the First Tennessee Foundation for their continued sponsorship and to Clearly Jacksonville for donating the billboard to publicize our show.  

"When I'm creating art, I'm a bubbling cauldron of emotions."

Robin is a 15-year-old artist who found  Art with a Heart in Healthcare when she really needed it-during a long stay at  Wolfson Children's Hospital.   Hear her story on News4Jax!  See her work and others at  Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.  A Cultural Institute of the  University of North Florida, 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202.  Tel. 904-366-6911 

Art with a Heart in Healthcare's
most traveled exhibit 

This summer the Unmasked patient exhibit traveled to the FSCJ North Campus, opening during their Health Literacy Fair on Saturday, June 11, through July 28.
Since opening on August 23, 2015 at MOCA Jacksonville the exhibit has become Art with a Heart in Healthcare's most traveled show, making stops at the Jacksonville Main Library, Unity Plaza, The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, and FSCJ North Campus. We will be sure to keep you informed about where this exhibit will be on view next.
Thanks to the First Tennessee Foundation for generously sponsoring this show.

Youth Community Art Session
 "See You at the Top"
On a hot summer day in June a team of artists from Art with Heart in Healthcare  sprinkled a little sunshine on a youth group at Orange Park High School. The program See You at the Top included close to thirty teens and their mentors. The  group enjoyed music and storytelling by AWAHIH artist in residence Ajamu Mutima  and a group art session led by Executive Director Christy  Ponder and three other members of the Art with a Heart in Healthcare team.

We look forward to working with this group again in the future.

Would you like a custom Art with a Heart session with your group or organization?  Contact Christie Ponder with your ideas.   Send us an email

Continuing Education 
Arts & Health
U.F. Center for Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive

Over the summer Artists in Residence Maddie and Cheryl attend the University of Florida Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive.  The annual intensive  is a comprehensive training program for professionals and students who wish to explore the roles of the arts in healthcare fields.  The program includes workshops the historical and theoretical foundations of the field and overviews of best practices in healthcare and community settings, as well as experiential workshops in the visual arts, music, dance, theatre and writing, and workshops in compassion fatigue and self-care, facilitating the arts at the bedside, program design and planning, administration, grant writing, and research.

Engaging Community and the Arts in Health & Wellbeing Across the Military Continuum Symposium.

Artist in Residence Samantha recently attended a symposium  Engaging Community and the Arts in Health & Wellbeing Across the Military Continuum.  The keynote speaker, Capt G. McGuire, a nurse officer and serves as Chief of Integrative Health and Wellness at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD worked with participants to create a framework to create a  conceptual   Arts and Health program for Military members. Participants were also introduced to workings of  The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military  which is led by  Americans for the Arts in cooperation with multiple national arts, health and veterans service organizations, private sector, military and government agencies.  The  initiatives goals; are to r aise visibility, understanding, and support of arts and health in the military; and  Advance the policy, practice, and quality use of arts and creativity as tools for health in the military;  Make the arts as tools for health available to all active duty military, staff, family members, and veterans.

Saturday, October 8
Art with a Heart in Healthcare 
Fall Fundraiser

Join us for dinner and a concert featuring the music of local, Kim Paige. Originally from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Kim Paige moved to Nashville in 2010 as a student at Belmont University, and signed her first publishing deal in 2011 with Young Guns Publishing. She is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter with a voice that will mesmerize the crowd and songs that will leave them wanting more. Paige has made a name for herself as a songwriter, with cuts like, "Heart First," which went on to be a number one hit in Australia. With a touch of throw-back country, a beachy kind of sway, and quirky lyrics, Paige will be a prominent player in country music for years to come. We hope you will join us for this fun night benefitting Art with a Heart!

"Even when Julianne is having a ruff day You all make her smile.   Thank you for all the pictures you painted for her.  Thank y ou for making a difference not only in Julianne life but in every child's life you touch! You guys ROCK!!  Julianne is so much happier when you guys are around.   Thanks for having hearts as big as the sky."

~Diane (Julianne's Mom)


Art with a Heart in Healthcare extends our appreciation to the many philanthropic organizations, businesses and individuals who support our mission. The success of our programs would not be possible without you. 



 LAROSE Foundation


  Board of Directors

Jennifer Guthrie- Board Chair

Brooks Cannon- Secretary

Judy Powell- Treasure


Kacey Roache

Hillary Whitaker

Board of Advisors
Lori Guadagno ~ Co-founder
Lisa Ullmann ~ Co-founder
Robert Monsky
Cynthia Jacoby Greene
Katherine Loeb
Sam Hall
Guy Cuddihee
Kathy Soler-Sala
Melissa Roland
Cindy Meide
Honorary Trustees
Louise Freshman Brown
Professor University of North Florida
Suzanne Taylor
Community Volunteer
Karen Wolfson
Wolfson Children's Hospital

Art with a Heart
in Healthcare
841 Prudential Drive, Suite 150
Jacksonville, Florida 32207

(904) 306-0390