News from Courageous heARTS!
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The Expression:
April 2020

Visit Us (Virtual):

Our real-life studio is closed until further notice. Join us online.

heARTS is registered as an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible. Learn more about ways to donate.
Get Involved:
We are in need of virtual volunteers to help support our new offerings. If you have experience with Zoom and want to help out - please email Lindsay.

  Our Virtual Studio!  

Last night Lindsay held a test session of our new online offering: Make Art Together: Connect - and it was great! Over the next week and a half we have a few different time slots open to invite folks from near and far into our creative community! If it's a success we'll keep adding sessions as long as we need to. Here's what to expect:

Connection: We'll offer small group breakouts and intentional conversation so that you can get to know other participants. If you would like to connect with a group of family members or friends, we've also designated 5 "family rooms" for up to 5 devices. 

Creativity: We'll crowdsource prompt and challenge ideas from session participants and select one of each to help spark your creativity. This is a "use what you've got" experience and we encourage folks to get creative with their materials too!

These sessions are designed for all-ages. We encourage littles under 8 to participate with an older sibling or parent. Our next session is Friday afternoon, so sign up soon!

Sign-up Now!

  Take a Twin Cities Field Trip!  

Did you know the first volume of Color Me Courageous highlights some of your favorite Twin Cities landmarks?! You might not be able to visit them right now, but you CAN color them. Every week, we're sending out batches of books to keep our community #coloringthrucovid. You can purchase a copy for yourself or send a copy to a loved one. One of our recent buyers had the great idea of sending colored pages to family and friends who seem so far away right now.

Not really for you? If you make a donation of $20 or more to our COVID recovery fund, we'll include a coloring book with the Creative Care Packages we're delivering to neighboring families in need.

  Creative Care Package Requests  

We are sharing our supplies with families in need! During this time of closure, when our supplies are more useful to youth and families stuck at home, we are taking requests and delivering Creative Care packages to families living in the zip codes immediately surrounding the studio.

To extend our stock, we are prioritizing families with the following circumstances:
- do not have art materials in their home
- have lost income due to the coronavirus
- live in the following zipcodes: 55406, 55407, 55409, and 55417

To honor travel restrictions and physical distancing practices, we will make no contact, doorstep deliveries
 on Thursdays, as long as our stock allows.
Request a Package

  Contribute to our Recovery Fund  

Amidst all of the things happening in the world right now, our 7th birthday passed us by! There is so much to celebrate - even if we're in the middle of a pandemic. Since 2013, we've been building opportunities for people to create, connect and lead! 

Since our temporary closure on March 15, we've been watching as the world has turned to art, music, theater, and innovation to cope, re-imagine, and find solutions. We've also watched as our need for connection has come into stark focus in its absence. Today's challenges are fueling our passion to keep our real life space for creativity and connection alive and well.

This organization has been a labor of love, not just for our founder, but for many folks who have been building this space alongside her since the very beginning. That is never more true than it is now! Over the past few weeks we've been developing a plan to see heARTS through this challenging moment. That plan involves lots of emergency grant requests, government loans, coloring book sales, new virtual offerings and donations to our COVID Recovery Fund. 
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