Surviving the Pandemic

As many of you know the 2020 was quite a challenge.  Your Heart on Art had to close it art studio and all of its workshops that were given in private homes and assisted living facilities.  Our mission basically came to an end for 12 months.  But in March of 2020 right before we started the lock down YHOA and Jewish Family Services was able to hold our yearly Helping Hands Art Show held at the Gorden Jewish Community Center.  It was beautiful evening full of art, music and food.

Also during the year YHOA and its  Presenting Sponsor TSPN would have created the 2020 traveling art project for Suicide Awareness Month in September.  Well can’t say we didn’t try.  Following all the CDC guidelines we opened the art studio up to 5 people at a time, spaced everyone 10 feet apart with mandatory mask wearing.  We choose a theme “A light in the window” and bought the supplies and hoped we could make a go of it.  Well 5 people total out of 6 workshop dates came.  They did get to create their lights but Covid still held us back from getting them on display.

Candle in holder







We comprised this year in 2021 and the traveling art project “The Hope Note Tree” will be created at two major events hosted September 8 and 9th by TSPN and in October by AFSP at their Out of the Darkness Walk. The olive trees will have notes of hope attached to them, hanging words of hope and wisdom by those that have been touched by suicide.  Homes have already been found to house the trees permanently.  We will announce where they will be going after they are completed with pictures so stay tuned. You will always be able to add a note to the trees.

Now for current news…….We are slowly opening our doors again.  Most of our workshops will be held in facilities outside of the YHOA art studio.  We are open for business and would love to hear from you. Keep an eye on the website as we will be adding new workshops in the coming months.  Or call us if you would like us to design a workshop for you and your participants.


Workshops offered at Alleviant Health Centers Brentwood, TN – New for 2020

YHOA has joined forces with Alleviant Health Center of Brentwood,TN to offer free healing art workshops to the community at large. YHOA does the workshops and Allevaint supplies the facility and the marketing of the workshops. We were honored to be asked to share our unique approach in using healing arts.  The idea was all theirs.  “Alleviant Health Center is a full-service mental health clinic helping people heal depression and chronic pain with a combination of traditional therapies and innovative, holistic modalities. Our unique therapy approach rapidly alleviates depression, relieves pain, erases suicidal thoughts, and provides an opportunity for full emotional healing. We believe in integrated holistic psychiatry and use treatment techniques for healing the whole person. Utilizing the newest groundbreaking healing modalities, we help you reduce medication use, take control of your life, and employ holistic treatment options.”  The workshops are offered for Free.  Call Allevaint  615-846-4558 #2 and find out what day and time the workshops are held and how you can join a workshop.  Workshops are limited to 6 people and are on a first come first serve basis.


Art Show Highlights New Jewish Family Service Program

Participants in the JFS Helping Hands through Art program had their artwork proudly on display during the month of October 2018 at the Gordon Jewish Community Center .This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is IMG_3377-425x319.jpg

Helping Hands through Art is a partnership with JFS of Nashville and OMA ( Opening Minds Through Art) run by YHOA. OMA is an award-winning inter-generational art making program for people neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

During the opening night reception of the show, several artists attended along with their family members and discussed the artwork with community members who also attended the show.

JFS’s Anna Sir, who manages the program, remarked that ” the art show felt like an important culmination of the first 2 years of this new program, as well as honoring each of Eileen’s visits with our clients, who were incredibly proud to share their work.” JFS began the art program in 2016 with a New Initiative Grant enabling JFS to continue their tradition of providing one on one services and activities for the community’s seniors.

Opening Minds Through Art (OMA)

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with dementia. Developed in 2007 at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center in Oxford, Ohio, the program is grounded in person-centered care principles.
The OMA art-making process involves carefully structured steps aimed at maximizing the possibility of creative expression. Participants are provided with manageable choices and failure-free activities that allow them to become active agents in their own creative process.The one-to-one ratio during art-making sessions builds the confidence and promotes the growth of close relationships between people with dementia and their partner.
The research shows that OMA helps to change how others view, interact with, and care for people with dementia.

We strive to:
1 – Promote the social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia by providing creative self-expression opportunities;
2 – Provide opportunities to build close relationships with people with dementia;
3 – Show the public the creative self-expression capacities of people with dementia through exhibitions of their artwork.

Visits are one on one and can be made at a home or assisted living facility. They are 1 hour in duration and can be scheduled for every two weeks or once a month and it is a requirement that a caregiver or family member be present during the workshop.

Please call 615-456-3777 or email us at [email protected] to discuss in more detail the process to schedule a visit(s).

Healing Art and Loss

There is nothing simple about grief.

Let your mind and heart feel and experience creativity like never before. The workshops are designed to assist those that are suffering from a loss to process their feeling about grief. We work-shops encourage participants to explore both negative and positive feelings using different forms of art.

No previous art experience necessary in fact less is better. Finding the words to express how you feel can be very complicated, colors can convey what you can’t say.

The colors we choose to represent our feelings, emotions and memories are as unique as each one of us

  • Registration will close 3 days prior to workshop
  • A minimum of 3 participants is required to hold a workshop
  • Maximum class size will be limited to 10 participants
  • You will receive a confirmation email upon registration and payment containing address of workshop in Kingston Springs, TN.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of workshop.
  • Please bring a beverage and snack if you desire one.
  • Cost per workshop is $55.00 (3 hours)
  • Workshops are held on Saturdays from 2pm—5pm

You may register for as many workshop as you would like to attend in advance.


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