We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill
It was always a part of the plan. There is no greater gift than seeing the good that results from acts of kindness. As a mom and an artist, I have always envisioned running a company that makes "giving back" central to the mission. Even as a child, I craved purpose and wanted to make a difference.
My personal soft spot is for sick children and my personal gift to the world is art. Helping sick children heal through art is where I have chosen to shine my light and spread joy.
When someone buys a pottery painting kit on our site, a portion of the proceeds are spent on a "kit" of art therapy supplies for sick children in hospitals.
Pottery Awesomeness gives based on the individual needs of each hospital's art therapy department. We work directly with the lead art therapist at each hospital in our program to determine what supplies are needed. These "kits" of supplies are bought by Pottery Awesomeness and shipped directly to the hospital. No middle man.
This means that for every purchase you make with us, you are putting a paint brush or a marker or an art journal directly into the hands of a child who needs the power of art the most.
Our program works exclusively with the Art Therapy Departments at Children's Hospitals. We work intimately with the director of the art therapy departments to provide exactly what they need to serve the children in their beds.
What is "Art Therapy"?
A trained art therapist engages the mind, body, and spirit of the patient in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic activities invite non-verbal forms of communication. This is extremely important for children who inherently have limitations of language.
What does this mean?
Sick children in hospitals are hurting. They need ways to communicate beyond talking about their feelings. There is nothing more powerful than using art therapy to help them cope.
Our flagship hospital in the program is none other than Children's National Hospital in Washington D.C.
Children's National was recently ranked as the #7 pediatric hospital nationally. It is an honor to work with a facility that aspires to such excellence and whose mission to help children aligns so closely with ours.
For more information on the Art Therapy Department at Children's National Hospital, click here:
We were thrilled when the partnership between Nationwide Children's Hospital and Pottery Awesomeness came to fruition in the Fall of 2021.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a destination academic pediatric medical center designed to manage the most complex of diseases. They treat the sickest of patients from across the country and around the world. It is an honor to work with a facility that aspires to such excellence and whose mission to help children aligns so closely with ours.
For more information on the Art Therapy Department at Nationwide Children's Hospital, click here:
CHOA and Pottery Awesomeness became partners in the fourth quarter of 2021 because of a connection made by the Thrive Cares Foundation, a fantastic organization that supports children with complex medical conditions, their families, and the communities that provide their healthcare.
As the only freestanding pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the trusted leader in caring for kids. This not-for-profit organization’s mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow by managing more than one million patient visits annually. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has impacted the lives of kids in Georgia, across the United States and around the world for more than 100 years thanks to generous support from the community.
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By giving the gift of painting to a child in your life, you give the gift of art to a child in the hospital.
Art therapy is a therapeutic technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being.
Art = Joy Have you ever noticed the peace and joy that comes over a child when they are holding a paint brush. Our kits spread joy.
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