Arth for the Heart
A short history
Art for the Heart was born on December 31, 2007, while I was living in Shanghai China. It is a thanks to God for my successful open-heart surgery at the age of 23 months. Through Art for the Heart I have brought members of the local community together to support children's medical issues. It is the greatest gift that I can give through my art. When I moved to California I reinvented Art for the Heart. Using my experience as a teacher, I transformed it into Art for the Heart-Education, where I teach in juvenile halls, or youth centers. Inspiring children to achieve their best, through writing and illustrating children's books was born out of Art for the Heart.
Shanghai, China- 2008
I brought together two sponsors and donors from the local expat community in Shanghai, to raise money for children in need of open-heart surgery. this was my first event, and with it we raised money for two children to receive their surgery.
Rideout Hospital, Marysville, California- 2013
-With this Art for the Heart event I brought a number of restaurants, winners and artists from the local community together to raise money for Rideout Hospital’s purchase of echocardiography equipment. Through the event we auctioned off my paintings, as well as one piece from two other artists. We also had raffle prizes and silent auction items to help bring in more money. The event was supported by local financial sponsorship, as well as food and wine brought in by local restaurants and wineries.
Baobei Foundation, California- 2012
-With this Art for the Heart event I enlisted a local photographer, a winery, an olive oil producer, as well as my wife’s fine Chinese teas to create an event to raise money for Chinese orphans
Art for the Heart-Education, California- 2012
-In an attempt to use my art to benefit society, in new ways I began to teach art to the inmates of a local juvenile prison. Knowing that these children have made mistakes in life due to not valuing the laws, or other people in their lives, my main aim was to bring art and conversation together, so that I could help the children value beauty, and the hard work that it takes to create beauty. We did the final project together as an effort to allow the students to learn to value the efforts of their classmates.