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News from the Heart 
 Reflecting on our Winter quarter as we look forward to Spring 2017
Art with a Heart in Healthcare provides personalized fine art experiences that enhance the healing process for patients and their families.


  2016 was an incredible year for Art with a Heart in Healthcare. We want you to know how grateful we are for your continued support, which makes  it possible for us to continue our mission to provide  personalized fine art experiences that  enhance the healing process for patients  and their families in our Jacksonville community. 
  We are already off to a great start in 2017 and have some great news to share with you! 

The Art of Giving 
From MOCA Jacksonville
Visiting Artist Anthony Auippy
  For the last five years, Art with a Heart in Healthcare has partnered with MOCA Jacksonville to present a collaboration of works by artists and patients at Wolfson Children's Hospital.  In December we had a visit from Anthony Aiuppy, recently appointed as the  J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Educator for Family and Children's Programs at MOCA Jacksonville .  
   Anthony stopped by to check out our program and work with some of our awesome kids.  Working with supplies from our Art-to-Go bags, Anthony guided patients in using oil pastels and watercolors, which allowed the kids to experiment with new techniques.  
  We look forward to working with Anthony as we prepare for our 6th  annual show at MOCA Jacksonville opening  August 6th, 2017.   

A patient working with visiting artist Anthony Auippy
Memory Care Family Night 

  Watercrest Senior Living in Jacksonville was given a dose of creativity when residents, family members, caregivers, and staff gathered for the Memory Care Family Night with Art with a Heart in Healthcare, which featured a valentine-themed painting class.  There were a lot of laughs and memorable moments during the evening which ended with each participant taking home their own unique valentine painting. 


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
Jill Olmo
Brooke McKinney
Helen Meatte
 Sue Canelli
Janet Massey
Lisa Miyares
Erica Ferreia

Volunteer Artist Spotlight

Patsy Moore
Pasty Moore has been volunteering with Art with a Heart in Healthcare for over 11 years.  Pasty's daughter Reece  volunteered with Art with a Heart in Healthcare during her freshman year in college and thought that it would be a great opportunity for her mom.

Pasty comes from a family of artists with six out of seven of her siblings being involved in the arts.  Pasty ran her own business in  Jacksonville for many years working in custom calligraphy and  illustration.  Her role as a volunteer has evolved over the years; being part of group art sessions, one on one bedside art sessions, personalized name signs, to creating one of a kind coloring pages for the children at Wolfson Children's Hospital Emergency Department.  

"I am inspired by patients' stories and triumphs.  I love to witness the comradery between the patients, family members, and medical staff. Their ability to stay positive in challenging situations is remarkable." 

Thank you Pasty for being part of our team!  

New Interns from UNF Partnership

Many of our current resident artists first came to our program as interns through the University of North Florida and Art with a Heart in Healthcare internship program.  This week we welcome two more interns to our program.  Good Luck, Ladies!  
Ashanti Franklin
Caitlin Mills

Watch this short video and learn more about past intern experiences in our program. 


Music and Healing
   SEDNET is a regional network of the major child serving agencies, community-based service providers, and students and their families, focused on developing inter-agency collaboration and sustaining partnerships, in Education, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Families, and Youth.  

  On January 21 SEDNET Region 4, which covers Clay, Duval, and Nassau County, provided Trauma Informed Training for Clay County Behavioral Site Coaches.  Much of the training focused on traumatized children's inability to self-regulate.    Artist in Residence Ajamu Mutima attended the training to demonstrate how music was originally designed for healing through self-regulation.  Ajamu took the participants on a musical journey using the traditional African Kora, wooden flutes, and hand crafted drums giving them a firsthand experience of the benefits of music. 

Ajamu playing the Kora
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Patient Artwork





A proud patient artist showing off his work

Artists Korey and Laura during a group art session

  The Wolfson Children's Challenge is an annual event that celebrates patients' lives and raises funds for vitally needed technology and equipment for Wolfson patients.  

  More than 3,000 people participated in the day of festivities, with 1,900 running in the different races at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. 

  Every year, this symbolic event features 55 children who share their inspiring stories.  Art with a Heart in Healthcare facilitated a group art session for children that were to be honored during the event.  It was a great day to make art and see some of the patients and families we have worked with over the years. 

Inside the Outline 
Patient Exhibition

The Art of Healing Exhibition featuring Inside the Outline Patient Exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach located at  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082    
  March 31 - May 26, 2017 
Opening reception March 31, 2017 from 6-8pm
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The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach presents The Art of Healing Exhibition.  An exhibition celebrating the healing effects of the arts through music, art making and art interpretation.  The exhibition will showcase children's work from Art with a Heart in Healthcare's Inside the Outline Patient Exhibition, body painting portraits from Heather Aguilera's Living Art Project, and Pablo Rivera's portrait photography of the Cultural Center's music therapy program for children with special abilities.   
Hues of Healing
A behind the scenes look at
Art with Heart in  Healthcare

Hues of Healing
Daniel Kids Event
  Over the Holiday season Art with a Heart in Healthcare worked with Daniel Kids to offer two group art sessions and music and storytelling for 40 children at Daniel Academy.  

 Daniel Kids, which has been serving the local community since 1884, offers an array of mental health and social service programs aimed at enhancing the lives of children and families in the Jacksonville area.  

Children's Artwork: Untitled
Sponsors and Partnerships

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. 



 LAROS ation
LAROSE Foundation 
The Price Family 
Advised Fund


Art with a Heart in Healthcare 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 Splane-Borja
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Samantha Solley
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital and Brooks Rehabilitation
Laura Meier
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital & Kids Together Against Cancer
Matt Richards
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital and Brooks Rehabilitation
Maddie Firestone
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Korey Cunningham
Artist in Residence
Wolfson and Nemours
Anne Roberts
Artist in Residence
Wolfson and Nemours
Bob Drost
Artist in Residence

Alexis Audate
Artist in Residence
Wolfson Children's Hospital

  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
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