Heal With HeARTS

January 2018 Update

Arts Matter Day Raises Funds For Over 40 Arts Groups

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Nearly 1,000 community members donated to more than 40 arts groups in the tri-county area - including Heal With HeARTS - as part of Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts' annual Arts Matter Day.

If that isn't impressive enough, the Alliance for the Arts matched the donated funds dollar for dollar, doubling the size of the contributions.

Held on October 10 of this year, Arts Matter Day is organized by the Alliance to inspire community given in support of non-profit arts organizations in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties.

Heal With HeARTS would like to thank all of the donors who participated in this year's event. Thank you toMike Gibbons, Elise Hussey, and Ellie Tiller for all the work that they do to make Arts Matter Day happen, and to the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts for the matching incentive funds.

To learn about the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts and Arts Matter Day, visit https://charlestonartsalliance.org/ .

HWH Announces JICHS Percussion Project

Heal With HeARTS will be joining forces with James Island Charter High School's percussion program this semester.

Wes Powers, who also drums for roots-rock band Sol Driven Train, will lead the effort. Students will study African grooves and culture based on Master Drummer Mamady Keïta and his book A Life for the Djembé - Traditional Rhythms of the Malinké.

During this project, students will be encouraged to compose and improvise using different traditional African grooves as a springboard to create there own music.

Kids Drum Circle Captured In New Video

On the second Saturday of each month, Heal With HeARTS takes over the Charleston Pour House's deck for a kids drum circle. Drew Gardner at Toucan Films created a video of the December event.

Upcoming drum circles are slated for January 10, February 13, and March 13, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Charleston Pour House is located at 1977 Maybank Highway, Charleston, South Carolina, 29412.

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MUSC Patients Participate In Art Therapy Event

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Meg Mims of Heal With HeARTS recently spent time with patients and their families at MUSC Children's Hospital to discuss fears and what causes people to be scared. The art therapy activity was based around Mercer Meyers' book There is a Monster in My Closet.

Mims provided a reading of the book, and then the group discussed their own fears. They also learned how to use markers and watercolors to create their own pieces of art.

Heal With HeARTS Is Developing An AP Art Pilot

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Heal With HeARTS' Meg Mims recently completed herAP art certification with The College Board and is currently writing a curriculum for an AP Art Pilot Program.

Once launched, the program will focus on studio art, 2-D design, or 3-D design portfolios. Not only will students have an opportunity to create an individualized work portfolio, but they will earn college credit and be able to leverage their work to obtain college scholarships.

Students who are interested should review program details for studio art, art history, 2-D design, and 3-D design and reach out to Meg Mims at megmims@hotmail.com for enrollment information.

HWH And ECM To Launch Arts And Math Project

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In the coming months, Heal With HeARTS, in conjunction with Engaging Creative Minds, will launch a project focused on integrating art and math for sixth-grade students at Simmons-Pinckney Middle School in downtown Charleston.

The project will last for two weeks and will include projects based on South Carolina's math and visual arts standards. The focus will include the number system, ratios and proportional relationships, expressions, equations and inequalities, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and statistics. Students will display their work throughout the school's hallways.

The above photo captures students from Sanders-Clyde Elementary Creative Arts School participating in an Engaging Creative Minds and Heal WIth HeARTS project. Learn more about Engaging Creative Minds by visiting https://engagingcreativeminds.org/ .

JICHS Student Receives Donated Guitar, Amp

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Heal with HeARTS received a special donation that made one James Island Charter High School student very happy. An anonymous donor provided a guitar and amplifier for the student to use in band class.

Donated instruments and art supplies are a great way to nurture the arts in the community. Contributions like this allow students to express themselves and their creativity, not to mention, they are tax deductible donations. If you are interested in donating an instrument or art supplies, reach out to Meg Mims at megmims@hotmail.com .

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Drum circle photo by Susannah Elliott

  • January 13 - Kids Drum Circle, The Charleston Pour House
  • February 3 - Charleston STEM Festival, Brittlebank Park
  • February 10 - Kids Drum Circle, The Charleston Pour House
  • March 10 - Kids Drum Circle, The Charleston Pour House

The Heal With HeARTS Mission

The mission of Heal With HeARTS is to provide educational projects in the Visual and Performing Arts to children with difficult economic, social, and physical circumstances.

Heal With HeARTS has completed projects at a number of local schools, including Charleston Development Academy, Murray-LaSaine Elementary, Mount Zion Elementary, Memminger Elementary, Sanders Clyde Creative Arts School, James Island Elementary, Burns Elementary, Buist Academy, Ladson Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, Haut Gap Middle, Ashley Rivers Creative Arts Elementary, North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary, Academic Magnet High, Charleston County School of the Arts, C.E. Williams Middle School for Creative and Scientific Arts, Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science, James Island Charter High, and Meeting Street Academy.