The mission of The Art of Hope Foundation™ is to:
~ Support children to realize, build upon, and expand their own potential by helping them overcome obstacles.
~ Provide children with the opportunity to reach their full potential regardless of physical or financial challenges.
~ Inspire children in a manner which helps them gain self-confidence, enhance their self-esteem, broaden their imagination and reach their goals through the expression and encouragement of art, education, creativity and other means of self-expression.
The Art of Hope Foundation™ is volunteer driven and supported by individuals and corporations who want to see every child thrive and rise above their life's challenges. This is made possible by the financial support and generosity of individuals and corporations.
The Art of Hope Foundation™ is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
AOH Board of Directors:
Caroline Seiter - Director, President
Darlene Montemarano - Director, Secretary
Karen Dearing - Director, Treasurer
The History of The Art of Hope Foundation (AOH)
The Art of Hope Foundation™ is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and inspiration through art and educational programs. Providing “Hope for Every Child,” The Art of Hope Foundation™ fosters motivation to impact and enrich the quality of life and health of the children it serves by developing and implementing programs designed to raise awareness in the community of the medical challenges they, and their families, face on a daily basis.
While AOH did not become an official organization until 2011, several of our core volunteers have been working together in the Houston community since 2002. The effective date of our non-profit status is January 24, 2011.
Our first project was with MD Anderson at Reliant Stadium. We hosted an annual “kick-off” event at Reliant Stadium to raise awareness for The Children's Art Project holiday season sales for six years. Several volunteers worked for Siemens Corporation during that time and we were able to utilize the Siemens sponsorship with Reliant Park to secure a large suite to host children from MD Anderson Hospital during a football game. We did crafts with the children, offered face painting and of course enjoyed the game! Signage and jumbotrone announcements were made during the game to promote the Children’s Art Project holiday season sales.
As the Siemens sponsorship at Reliant began to wind down our team realized how much we enjoyed serving children in the medical community, so in 2007 our group decided to host a holiday event at Texas Children’s Hospital. This is where our annual “Winter Wonderland” event began. Our goal to bring holiday cheer to children in a hospital environment became an annual event we looked forward to each year. Watching the children and their families smile, share and simply allowing children to enjoy being a child for the day captured all of our hearts. We soon realized it was a huge part of our own personal holiday season!
In 2010 we decided to take Winter Wonderland to Shriners Hospital for Children-Galveston. We have hosted Winter Wonderland at Shriners-Galveston since then. It is amazing to see how the children react to art, crafts, music and of course all the trimmings of the holiday season... Santa included. Our goal has always been to allow a child to simply be a child for the day, to take their minds off of the hospital environment they are in for a bit, be creative and share a bit of joy, laughter and smiles!
The Art of Hope Program was implemented in March of 2015. We host a total of three art classes per month with the children at Shriners Hospital-Houston and Galveston. The children's original artwork is transferred onto various types of merchandise that is available for purchase. Net proceeds from merchandise sales benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The art and educational programs that we host are a highlight in the children's day and certainly bring a lot of joy to our volunteer group! Although we go with the intent of serving others in our community, we always leave knowing we were blessed to have had the moments we shared with each person in our volunteer team, the children, their families and the hospital staff that serves them.
To learn more about Shriners Hospitals,please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.