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.
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.