City with a Heart of Art: 1000 New Artworks made in & by LA in 2016

submission by susannacdb

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Heart of Art Gallery

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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Heart of Art Gallery is a conscious space run by women in South LA that provides a safe, unfiltered space for the creation and presentation of art made by women, youth, and members of the LGBTQIA community.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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The Heart of Art Gallery proposes: 1000 New Artworks made in & by LA in 2016!

With a grant of...

100,000 dollars, we will outreach to the over

10,000 women, youth and LGBTQIA artists in LA, to ask them to help produce

1,000 new works of art in 2016, to exhibit at one or more of our

100 community art events during the year, and continue our outreach at at least

10 university events, all by rebuilding our

1 Heart of Art gallery.

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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1 year, 100 shows, 1000 creative works by women & LGBTQ artists in South/Central.

LA- City w/a Heart of Art!

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valey

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

South Central LA, Exposition Park area

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics? (check all that apply)

Employment in the creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to create.

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The Heart of Art Gallery has existed in South/Central LA for four years thanks to the passion and pocketbooks of founders Kenia Gutierrez and Bell Diaz, and donations by our artists. Our mission is to provide a safe space to create. We have seen thousands of artists create, show and perform in our space, yet we are the only space in our part of the city that allows this creativity.

Heart of Art has exists independently, employing and engaging some of the most marginalized and talented artists in Los Angeles. The majority of our artists are women and queer people of color, and our venue in South Central Los Angeles provides an oasis of support and opportunity for them to create, highlight their work and cultivate their skills.

Unfortunately, this fall our gallery became a target of a series of anti-LGBTQ, anti-woman attacks and has been forced to close our doors for the time being. If anywhere in LA needs funding for art and greater opportunities to create in this city, it’s the threatened queer community of artists in South Central Los Angeles.

Outside funding would allow us to relocate to a safe space, reopen our doors, and create an even bigger impact on the LA LGBTQIA community.

Out of our 1 new physical location made possible by this grant, in 2016 we will execute 10 university visit events throughout So.CA, and hold at least 100 gallery community art events, featuring 1,000 NEW pieces of art, created by the over 10,000 women, youth & LGBTQIA artists of LA, all made possible by your generous grant funding of $100,000.

While many galleries look for experience and resumes from a particular class of artists, Heart of Art hosts artists at every level. While art school can be expensive for many artists in our community, we provide a space for shared community learning and exchange of tools and skills. While many artists give up before they begin, we encourage them to keep trying. The testimonials you'll see in our video attest to how challenging it can be to not be able to afford art school or hanging fees, or simply to make art that no one seems to want to see. By inviting experienced, or first time artists to exhibit at a show, or perform, we give every artist a chance, a reason to stay and CREATE in LA, and a reason to keep going.

We know from experience that art saves lives, especially for the people in our community, who so often struggle with shame and silence related to mental illness and membership in the LGBTQIA community.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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Art is not easy to evaluate. As something that is famous for being subjective and whose quality is left up to the eye of the beholder, we propose a quantitative approach to evaluating our works in Los Angeles in 2016. As stated above, our approach will be to simply count the art:

1 location, 10 college visits, 100 public events, 1000 new pieces of art made in LA, 10,000 artists encouraged, all from your $100,000.

We will keep a public calendar on our website tallying our events, our total artists reached, and new art made. Our incredible network of LA artists is ready for this challenge and our community grows every day with new attendees at events, people we meet through our campus outreach and people who find us through social media and our website. By asking them to participate in our challenge by helping to create 1,000 new individual art works, we will achieve a thriving community with a common purpose, to make LA the best place to create!

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Most of all, we need a new, safe, place to be.

Discussion
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Hugs!! Thank you for your kind words,you really touched our hearts..you beautiful soul .. You fed our spirit with everything you said.. I know the feeling...you were very brave for coming out xoxoxo

by Hoagirls35
5 months ago

There was something wrong with my email or the website because it just wouldn't let me vote. But maybe you'll look at the comments too
Heart of art came into my life not too long ago. I was introduced to this haven by a close old friend who had been looking for a safe, respectful and loving place to grow and to spend time in after having a really hard time dealing with family that had not been the most loving in their actions toward their child. My friend moved out of his families home and was seeking family. Heart of art provided just that and so much more. It allowed my friend to feel grounded and supported In such a crucial way that it made getting through the days and hard financial times much easier. It gave them a place where they could breathe. Lifesaver is a word that perfectly discribes heart of art and the people who make it possible aswell as the energy that is manifested in the space. Every day i wish to make more time to go there. The few times i did go i felt refreshed, accepted, encouraged empowered aswell as inspired to create art and create community in that space and any where i went after. I felt human love when i was there. Felt free to express my self without fear. I remember one night in particular. I was dealing with depression, due to insurance not having my medication ready. I was in the car with my friend. He was driving. We were on our way to heart of art. My emotional pain kept increasing during the ride and before i new it i was shaking and in tears. Thoughts that had not been in my mind for years since i stared my medication started to take over again. I felt so hopeless. My friend stopped the car and tried being there for me. He said we could go back home. I didn't feel like being around people. But something kept telling me that i should be at heart of art. I took a moment and then decided that i would keep going. So we went on. When i got there i was received with hugs and the prefect amount of space. Lights were low and paintings all around that somehow seemed to show the pain that i was in but could not express in words. Soon a band stared playing. Status of cats. The played and their music filled everything, every bit of space including the empty spaces that i felt in me. The music started to shake me from within. I was able to be still, head down but rocking out to the music inside. Their music, the energy in the room and the loving care of the people that made heart of art possible held space for me that night in a way i will never forget. Heart of art truly saved me from myself that night and its been a piece of heaven since the first time i entered through those doors. It truly is a unique place where one can go and breathe in unconditional love.

by cris2747
5 months ago

heart of art deserves this grant. The goal is to spread the love, community and safety.healing and empowerment. We need the arts. Heart of art livea in us and we want to make our heart of art bigger to bring the love to other places. Nationally and internationally
love heart of Art

by Jdandzero
5 months ago

It is our mission to empower our diverse communities through art, please help us,

by humyn
5 months ago

Heart of Art is a place where everyone is accepted just like he or she is and where nobody is judged because he or she is different.

by KarinIngrid
5 months ago

working with heart of art was a healing experience for me. I've struggle so long with connecting with other human beings but somehow it became easier at this place. Perhaps it was the gentle and loving souls I came across, or the daring energy of the space itself, either way , it has helped me heal and make new friends. I'm so glad I met everyone but I miss the home that allowed this to happen. We need this space back to bring all those healing energies to new beautiful lost souls like me.

by Desche21
5 months ago

As an artist and a poet, I have often had a lot of doubt about myself and fear of rejection. Even before they were able to see my art, they told me to bring my art and hang it up. HOA isn't pretentious like other galleries. It is more about building confidence and creativity and helping people grow. so glad i came across hoa and im so excited for the next one to come

by baedaniels
6 months ago

The Heart of Art Gallery is a true refuge for locals with limited access to safe community spaces.

The first time I ever visited Heart of Art, not only were Kenia and Bell completely inviting and kind to me, I witnessed as that hospitality was extended to every person who came through their doors. It made a huge impression on all of my friends. They provided an opportunity for friends of mine who'd never otherwise find themselves in South LA to go somewhere new and encounter a generous and diverse arts community. I've been so impressed with the drive and passion of the team at HoA, and the investments they've made to provide a safe space for people to express themselves, create, and share their skills. I've been enriched by my limited experience with the Heart of Art Gallery, and am so excited to see what's to come. I genuinely believe that in supporting HoA, we're working in support of our local community broadly. I'd love to see them make the same sort of impact that they've made on me all across LA.

by KimTillman
6 months ago

Heart of Art is so much more than just an art space, its a supportive and accepting community for those who don't have a voice or often get overlooked. They really throw down for the trans and LGB community! Their space is sacred, the few times I've gone, I've felt an overwhelmingly powerful sense of acceptance. This is something I don't usually feel. Belle and Kenya are some really honest and down to earth people who sincerely care about the community. The fact that they funded this space from their own pockets just shows the amount of love and dedication they have to Heart of Art. I just wish this space hadn't closed!!

by liztho
6 months ago

This space is unlike any gallery in Los Angeles, let alone South Central in the fact that they opened this space for women and LGBT artists and musicians. I was born and raised in South Central and I can tell you now growing up as an inner city gay teenager, my heart yearned for an artist space such as this one, where I can show my art and be myself without any judgement from others. I first discovered Heart of Art Gallery thru my friend Johanna 'Banana'. She told me abouth this gallery that had just opened its doors, and when she told me what it was about, I just had to take a look. I will never regret doing so, for I met and befriended it cofounders Bell and Kenia. I was going thru a very dark time in my life, I had discovered I had Hep C and was going thru treatment to get rid of it. I remember having a terrible depression, and this place brought me out of there, cuz Bell would hit me up each month to showcase my art and it encouraged to keep creating and as I did, the number of my art pieces grew as well. These two women women have helped empower myself and all the other artists and guests that would attend HoA gallery to strive to keep improving upon themselves while shining light to important causes such as the women of Juarez and transgender people, none of us can thank them enough for helping us in the way that they have

by enzo_ozne
6 months ago

OMG when I first found heart of art gallery i was in a really dark place. I didn't have many friends or people to talk to. I felt so alone and was like what am i going to do?! I need human contact but I don't like people because they're mean. My first time at hoa challenged that. I was greeted by so many kind faces and warm hugs. I totally forgot about the world outside of HOA. HOA is a great example of how the world should be. and how it can be a better place. I miss my home so much. I know that if they win the grant many lost souls will find their home too

by baedaniels
6 months ago

I want to dance and sing and paint an dcry and laugh and live with m'y family in our home again. I've always been so reserve but there I felt free

by bawesum32
5 months ago

When I think about Heart of Art Gallery the first thing that comes to my mind is the friendship I have with Kenia and Bell (the creators of the gallery). I think of the time a few years back before the gallery existed. Imagining a non- existent HOA isn’t possible for me because of how strong the galleries roots have become in the LA scene and LGBT community. They have built a foundation that allows people to be themselves. In a world that is very confined with rules on how people should live, HOA provides not only an outlet for artists, photographers, transgender, gays, drag queens, and many more but they provide a space of friendship.

by valva
6 months ago

Heart Of Art is not only a place where you can create and share your art... it's a place where you can be YOU and most importantly, a home.

by PMS
6 months ago

Heart of Art, I believe in what you stand for, a community space that brings art to the community of South Central Los Angeles, a part of Los Angeles that is sometimes disregarded while other communities get more attention and funds. They want to bring a change to this community and heal it with art. It won't be overnight, but the fact that they want to help heal it is a move in the right direction. Rock on Heart of Art, with art we can help heal South Central and show the rest of the city that we are a community of incredibly talented individuals!!

by enzo_ozne
5 months ago

Thanks Heart of Art gallery for making feel comfortable no matter what!

by elay_kidd
5 months ago

I love heart of heart when I first showed up a year ago I felt right at home these woman what they do is amazing iam a transgender male and in society is so hard to fit in and once I found this place I felt in love and how much I felt complete can't wait for the future love you ladies deerly

by Ollie310
6 months ago

"art saves lives" a mantra well implemented by Heart of Art. I'm excited they will be getting a new space

by PhoenixDMT
6 months ago

Hoa is the future! A loving, gentle, and compassionate future for all living beings

by bawesum32
5 months ago

I vote for Heart of Art because we need this kind of community building in our city, and on our planet. All people need to feel welcomed, need a place to find friends & mentors, so we can have a sense of belonging and safety. From this simple place we can create, explore, thrive! The founders of HOA have created a thriving space like this already and it now deserves to grow roots in a safe place so it can blossom and touch even more LA residents!

by kekeart
6 months ago

I remember hating going to art galleries. All the walls are white. everyone is wearing black and it silent and serious. I love art but art galleries are kinda scary. This one of the many reasons why I love heart of art. Its cozy and unlike all the other called galleries out there, people at hoa just wanted to make you feel warm and at home

by bawesum32
5 months ago

LA needs Heart of Art to get its heart pumping!

by bawesum32
5 months ago

Ive only been able to go to the Heart of Art gallery but you only need to go once to feel the welcoming accepting energy of the gallery. The staff/volunteers that keep it running are beyond passionate about their work and it shows. The work itself cant be explained its the purest realest art ive ever seen, each peice is more unique than the last but they all inspire you. I genuniely hope that you win, the work your doing is far to marginalized and unnoticed but youve inspired hundreds of people and I hope you have the oppurtunity to continue your amazing work. And I can promise i WILL be there on opening day of the new gallery.

by Rramos97
6 months ago

Here we are in our final hour. We didn't get as many votes as it might take to win. We are all so passionate about Heart of Art Gallery. I am hoping with all my might, that you will see how creative and loving all the people are who have been touched by Heart of Art. There is no place like it, because you cannot manufacture love. It comes from the heart. And that is exactly why we need to win. We are full of love and acceptance and the desire to help others. This city would be so much better off, if Heart of Art Gallery were allowed to arise from the ashes, and touch the heart of the citizens and tourists of our fantastic city, Los Angeles.

by CherieGillette
5 months ago

Every time i walked into this beautiful art piece, I felt so much love from everyone there. Everyone was genuinely glad to greet and meet every single person that walked through the doors of heart of art

by lemonpapiseed32
6 months ago

Hope u guys win

by Nickdelaroca
6 months ago

Heart of Art Gallery is much more than a gallery; it is a community and a state of mind. To me Heart of Art Gallery represents a coming of age period in my life when I found myself in need of family, self-confidence and a place to belong. Through the gallery and its community I have found a group of loving people who are now my friends and family... we all share a common sense of values. Through my participation, development and hosting of events at HOA I developed a sense of self confidence, an understanding and more thorough appreciation for diversity and a willingness to step outside my comfort zone. Through this proposed project I hope that HOA is able to touch many other lives and help those in the community who need a boost in finding their voice or even just a platform for their voice. Heart of Art Gallery hands the microphone to those who have only been able to whisper, shines a spotlight on those who have stood with their faces to the shadows and opens their walls (where ever they may be) to the artists whose work has lived solely in the pages of a private sketch book.

by irisrgreen
6 months ago

Heart of art was such an amazing safe space where you can be yourself and not be bullied or spokendown to.i still remember to night I first walked in to heart of art gallery for an awesome drag show. I didn't know anyone there but everyone seemed very friendly, then I was approached my a lovely person( belle) who greeted me with open arms literally! She gave me a big welcoming hug and I then, felt very comfortable being there it was so warming and homey. She then took me to meet more of the other lovely hearts of the heart of art. And since that amazing night I've gone as often as I can. The heart of art is surrounded of many feeling pored out through the art of the artistic minds and souls.everywhere you look is beautiful art that will please the eye:)

by Bonmellow
6 months ago

This place is obviously more than an art gallery. It's a sacred safer space, a music hall, a place for real conversation, a radical recovery, a fabulous place to feel comfortable risking your newest fashion discovery, and maybe most importantly it's an absolutely crucial meeting zone for artists. Daily, we have to live with the truth that we don't live in a world that takes artists seriously. We struggle in a society that teaches us how to work hard with our heads down to keep the oppressors wealthy. Don't believe me? Next time you are walking around on your time off (if you have any), take a moment to notice how many businesses are open to you without demanding anything in return. How many places can you walk in, sit down, and meet interesting people without feeling pressure to buy alcohol, caffeine, or some other addictive substance. Without Heart of Art Gallery there is NO place publicly open to women like me who don't exactly feel comfortable in an excessively noisy bar with giant sweaty men politely offering their gentlemanly helping hand toward getting me to a state of overwhelming inebriation. We need sanctuary. We need women space. The future is Female.

by Kameltoe
6 months ago

Heart of Art is a perfect example of compassion, creativity, and commmunity. As a queer and trans person it is difficult to find supportive groups where they are understanding and loving. They provided all of this.

by bawesum32
6 months ago

When ! met Kenia and Bell, I was in a deep artistic slump but was immediately inspired by Heart of Art to get right back on track. And, over the next couple of years, with their abundance of kindness and dedication, vision and passion,Ii witnessed the pair birth a vibrant and enthusiastic community, an ever-growing family of LGBTQIA artists, greatly appreciative of each other and the creative, loving environment Heart of Art provided. Art as a healing process is used to empower some of the most fragile amongst us - the focus on women in art, in itself, is revolutionary! While their mission is profound, life and death serious, there is no shortage of laughter; their approach is one of joy. Heart of Art is an oasis of peace, awareness, art and love in our tumultuous world.

by ivyney
6 months ago

I can't begin to express how much Heart Of Art Gallery has positively affected me both as an artist and as a human being- and we had only just begun our relationship before your doors were closed. As someone who supports the union of art and activism as well as pushing the boundaries of all artistic forms, I am inspired by your inventiveness, and the veracity of which you champion and heal through art those who suffer and are marginalized. I've seen the power of your work in the faces of those you have touched in the community and in the confidence of the many new artists you support. If L.A. can become a mirror that reflects the power of what you do and stand for..art, love, and beauty would have no bounds. It'd be a resonance of creativity and healing.

by CHRISTINAVASQUEZ
5 months ago

Eternally grateful for the art family that has shown me unconditional support and love in my journey as a developing artista. Besides the beauty and and art, The activism work they're doing is vital to the community as they shed light and spread awareness about issues that the media doesn't discuss. They are IMPORTANT to each and every one of its diverse communities. From women and youth to animals and the LGBTQIA folx, HEART OF ART IS SOMETHING THE ENTIRE WORLD CANBENEFIT FROM.

by humyn
5 months ago

There is one more hour left. Please share once more with your network so people can get in their last minute votes. Thanks again we hope to rebuild a help make Los Angeles the best place to create with you.
Much love your friends Kenia and bell

by Hoagirls35
5 months ago

Thanks so much for all of your love and support and helping us stay visible in this grant. We votes and shared as much as we could we got feedback from a lot of people stating they never got confirmation about their votes. I hope those people were able to try again, but either way thanks for the excitement and rooting for the heart of art community. We love you so much

by Hoagirls35
5 months ago

Thanks for all your votes and comments let's keep fighting to create a safe space for the community through art.

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

Omg i Love heart of art so much. It has helped become more creative and grow as a person and as part of a commmunity

by bsan
6 months ago

HOA has been a home for #YoSoy132 and its very important to have this space available to our communities.

#MujeresDeJuarez, #EventosNaranja, and many other social and political issues had been exposed with the community in this awesome space

We need them back!! Because they mean rEvolucionArte

by xalli132
6 months ago

this place is so fuckin awesome. these peeps are so awesome. the gallery was amazing the art was beautiful and the vibes were awesome. the only place like it and its a shame it was shut down and it needs to exist once again. id give them the money myself if i could afford it

by Desche21
6 months ago

Thank you to everyone voting for Heart of Art Gallery. We are really excited to rebuild a stronger community with the City of LA @la2050 Goldhirsh Foundation for making this grant possible for organizations to help create a better place in LOS ANGELES!!! We are thankful for the opportunity and hopefully we can also WIN!!! Thanks to everyone for taking the time to vote and write comments..

- Kenia and Bell

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

The place that Heart of Art holds in my heart is very special. Thank you all for coming together like this!! It is so beautiful to read what y'all are saying- it resonates so much with how I feel too. Los Angeles needs a Heart of Art, and it is so good to know that we will continue to exist far beyond the borders of this grant challenge. I love y'all!!!!

by susannacdb
6 months ago

Heart of Art really felt like an extraordinary place when I first visited. It was unlike any existing creative/performance space in LA. Organizations/collectives like this one need to thrive for our neighborhoods to thrive as well.

by Mary_Trujillo
6 months ago

Your comments are so amazing. Im so happy that we helped created an large impact in Los Angeles. We need to spread this love all over the world. WE CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

Love heart of art.it became a home away frohomeme and eventually family. Cant wait for the big things that are Coming. My life was forever changed and im grateful for ppl and spaces such as heart of art

by Jdandzero
6 months ago

Belle and Kenia are 2 of the most creative and friendly people I've met. They represent whats great about Los Angeles.

by Rick213
6 months ago

Thanks for voting for Heart of Art everyone. There are 13 days to go. We hope you can encourage your friends to check us out and hopefully they can also vote for us. Thanks for spreading the word.

- The Heart of Art Family

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

THANKS FOR MAKING THIS PLACE FOR US KENYA... You and Bell have really touched the hearts of our community that much needs that kind of love that Heart Of Art gives FREELY IT is contagious!!!

by MsRara
6 months ago

There is no other art nucleus like Heart of Art. Truly a phenomenon of LA. It is not about a space, but the energy that comes together in a synergistic fireball of creativity. Giving an outlet for those who are silenced elsewhere in the world reveals how much we all have to contribute. The power of the imagination and the power of imagination to create new solutions is constantly being put into practice with the Heart of Art. I hope that they get the funding that I know they'll multiply its effectiveness 1000x.

by KiyaSparkledeep
6 months ago

Thank you all for voting! Please spread the word and ask your friends to vote too! We love all y'all and good luck to all Create Submissions!

by susannacdb
6 months ago

Heart of Art has the skills and knowledge to pump paint and all creative liquid into the heart of LA #keeplacreative

by bawesum32
6 months ago

The first time I went to the Heart of Art, a co-worker told us about it and they lend their help when we didn't have office space. I love the environment of entering into an artistic realm that I don't see often. They provide so much care from the biggest to the littlest creatures. They never discriminated anyone and love the fact that anyone who needed a haven when they couldn't find their own, they can come to the Heart of Art. I was devastated when I found out what happened and wished I could have done something about it if I had the necessary funds. I hope they can get a new location sooner so people from the LGBTQ and all ethnicities and animals have a home!

by Jaleen1981
6 months ago

A safe space for people to go. A place for new artists to explore and find themselves as well as a place for continuing artists to push their own boundaries. That is Heart of Art. People that care about their community and strive to continue to provide a place for people to work together and accept each other. An idea and creation like this should be nurtured at all costs to assist in providing change through positivity and art. Not just for ourselves, but for our community and our future.

by EggMaryLou
6 months ago

Heart Of Art is an amazing place for people to experience art in many different and magnificent ways. It's a way of getting to know beautiful people through their artwork. Everyone makes sure you feel welcomed and loved!

by Clarita008
6 months ago

As for all of us creative types, it is important for us to have somewhere where we can express ourselves freely and gain the respect and admiration of the company we seek. Los Angeles is a city that houses every type of human and cultural variations imaginable, so the fact that anyone in the gay and transgender communities should have their safe space attacked for no reason other than hate, is unthinkable. We are a city of angels in a nation of progress and no one should have their right as a human being to express themselves taken away.
I miss this place dearly and all the beautiful faces and encouragement exchanged resulting in lives saved, hearts cared for, and the peace within ones' self to be attained. The abundance of genuine smiles, hugs, and pure love can affect any community in positive ways. This is a place where character is built, and selfless examples of empathy never cease. I will miss all the amazing talent that I've seen come through the Heart of Art Gallery and will miss sharing mine as well. I hope to hear they've found a new home very soon so that we can all begin to heal and rebuild a new, and even stronger, safe space for so many in need.

by CarissaLouise
6 months ago

Art is expression. The expression of the people of L.A. needs space, place, canvas, display, permission, invitation and showcase. I recently attended a facilitated art event for young people, parents, and community members, where we were encouraged to draw what we see in ourselves. Then the whole room walked around and looked at the canvases. As a group we learned about ourselves individually, and we learned about each other. We saw that each person in the room was going through something we may have gone through, or is feeling something we once felt. Art is communication, it is how we connect with ourselves and humanity. It is essential for our evolution as a species, as a culture, and as individuals in our individual lives.
I vote for this project!!!

by LoriSortino
6 months ago

thanks to Douglas for this amazing historical archive/ look book. Check out the link and see some of the past events archived. If you notice any events missing let us know which ones. We are still working on the archive. YAAAY
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AxnyEd3L-JI2R-2owmME4BCUMVis4sJ62neuAVHht48/edit?usp=sharing

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

I cant describe just how much heart of art has changed my life and how its changed others....the community. .. heart of art gallery brought so many people together. ..I've never ever seen anything like it. ..not even close... heart of art represents so much more then just art and music...(HOA) offers a wide range of learning workshops from sewing to kids art and music day .... Heart of art put so much for the community. ..never closed there doors to anyone...allowing people to live and be who they are in a safe atmosphere. ..art shows brought out the encouragement to artists who never thought to show they're art work... music shows for aspiring musicians. .. a LGBTQ community brought together through heart of art ..I dont know any other place like HEART OF ART. ..theres only clubs or bars for the LGBTQ community. ..as for my experience. ..ive been an artist since i was little ...after i finished school i didn't get to show my art like i wish i could of...but heart of art was introduced into my life and i became part of the loving and exciting gallery offering so much that i felt alive again and let me be who i am...and express it...an artist. ..and i had the privilege of meeting exceptional artists as well. ...it kills me to know i cant walk in the gallery anymore...no flyers to pass out for next art show...no workshop dates set...heart of art needs be ...its saves lives...its brings people together...friends...community. ..families. ..i will always be part of the HEART OF ART GALLERY FAMILY! !!

by starr80
6 months ago

HOA is a beautiful place with so many beautiful people!! It is a safe place for everyone to be who they are and to express themselves, whether it be thru their art, music, or just by being there to support each other!! The gallery provides so much love and support to all who enter their doors!!

by Andisid
6 months ago

The heart of art is a place of expression and equality for all. A place where everyone can feel like themselves. This magical little place needs to stay open for us, without it most people will resort to the streets, drugs, violence etc. please help keep this place open. It's the heart of art for everyone.

by Sherbear
6 months ago

Heart of Art is the lifeline for the LGBTQ of South Central Los Angeles. From the moment you walk into the doors, you are overcome with the love and kindness of everyone there. I have had oodles of people tell me that, and I felt that way, each and every time I attended events at Heart of Art. Now, that local thug violence erupted during an event at HOA, it is no longer safe to stay open at that vicinity. There is now a giant hole in many lives, not having a tangible hub to go to, to enjoy the company of the loving, smiling faces of other HOA enthusiasts. Heart of Art is more than just a gallery for women - of all varieties. Bell and Kenia opened the doors to the children of the neighborhood 1-2 times a week, so children and their mothers could come to make art and have a great time together. They have paid hotel bills for several families with an abusive husband/father. Assisting them in finding a safe shelter. They have rescued so many animals and turned those little lost critters into having a zest for live, once again. They provided assistance for the community, to help women apply for loans, or attend to their credit reports, and gave them guidance, and a loving and non-judgemental ear, so they have a safe place to sort out their lives. They have provided sooo many outrageous nights of fun. Dancing under the black lights on Neon Nights, fantastic live music, poetry, testimonials, drag shows, proms, and even creating jewelry from scratch with those who wish to participate, Showing anyone interested, to learn how to use computers, cameras, editing programs, lighting, with every skill they have, creating new opportunities and self pride, for otherwise lost souls of the LGBTQ of South Central. From the moment of the tragedy, Bell and Kenia only talked positive of knowing there must be a reason for this and time to advance to the next level of whatever is in their destiny. They have spent the last hour and their last cent to make everyone and everything experience respect, comfort and love. They deserve this grant and have proven it every single day, since they opened Heart of Art. Thank you for creating such a wonderful opportunity for the ambitious. And I can think of no other group as ambitious and kind and worthy, as Heart of Art.

by CherieGillette
6 months ago

Heart of art is a place that gives more than they receive.
They truly care about the community and its people.

Heart of art has allowed my band to use their space for band rehersals without a cost. Being a musician is hard these days and thanks to heart of art, it has made out lives so much easier and it gives us more of an opportunity to focus on writing music and changing the world through music!

They have also let us use their space to do self-growth workshops that positively impact the South Los Angeles community. These workshops have helped people share their feelings and take positive steps to achieving their dreams. Workshops like these are possible because heart of art. They need support and it is NECESSARY to open a new location!

Heart of art makes the community a safer place for everyone!!!!

by hveelinda
6 months ago

I want to leave a comment to say how much I love the Heart of Art Gallery (HOA). I might not have been there as long as most of the other people might have, but I like to think that the only thing that matters is all the love we have for HOA. I can truly be myself around these amazing people, and when I came I found other people like me, and I was so happy. When u come to a HOA event, you automatically feel loved & welcomed, like you belong there. My first thought when I went to the HOA gallery for the first time was, "I found the land of misfit toys, and I don't want to leave". I feel like I truly found friends that I want to be friends with for a very long time, and I hope we can:)

by the_queerkid
6 months ago

I just kind of stumbled into heart of art and everything about it rely touched me. I had to be a part of it.

by Naia_Izumi
6 months ago

OMG i've never found a place like this. so much creativity, love, and support there. It hurts my heart that at the moment it doesn't have a home. People from all ages, genders, races, classes, came here and created a strong community and created beautiful memories.

by lilbee
6 months ago

Places like this are necessary for community growth PERIOD. Art fosters critical thinking and is a true bridge between politics and social attitudes. People understand the language of art probably more than anything else and Heart of Art "gets" that. Heart of Art is not just a gallery- but a place of safety and outreach. Pouring into this foundation/business would literally be pouring into change. This is a place where EVERY ONE feels welcome and confident enough to be themselves. . . Confident and empowered enough to make a difference!

by jehyna
6 months ago

I really wish this space was back where it belongs. Here in L.A. with the whole lot of us. This place is by far one of the most inspirational places I have been too. It's a place where you felt welcomed.

by Kenjin
6 months ago

I love these people and their art is truly unique and special to LA and should be given every chance to feel safe and free to bloom

by Mcclejen
6 months ago

Heart Of Art is an amazing gallery and it is a tragedy that they are going through this unfortunate circumstance. The owners are truly wonderful, selfless people and the gallery was absolutely amazing! So full of life! I stand behind them and I hope they can have a new safer location to continue spreading hope and creativity!

by Wolfgangcam
6 months ago

The HoA has meant so much to me too- no one was interested in showing my art AT ALL in los angeles until I found Ms.3 & Cam Creature. I had given up trying to be an artist, but then along came The Heart of Art. They are the only ones in LA who took a chance on me, and I owe them so much. Your comments and memories and feelings for the Heart of Art Gallery are so tangible, thank you artists and art lovers for supporting our gallery so strongly!

by susannacdb
6 months ago

Wow guys, thank you SO MUCH for coming out so strong for this Grant Challenge!! Thank you for your comments, but don't forget to check back here tomorrow to VOTE!

by susannacdb
6 months ago

Heart of Art is the best place ever man.....they cultivate new emerging artists and provide them with a safe space to explore, experiment, perform, party and more! The curators Kenia and Bell are truly creating awareness about good causes! I'd love to see Heart of Art return to Los Angeles, it is so sad to see a place so fantastic go!

by Peterkalisch
6 months ago

I have never experienced a more welcoming location than HOA. I met loving and nurturing people with fire and passion in their hearts. Once I learned the space was being vandalized and the curator was being harassed to the point they shut down my heart sunk into my gut because I knew how many lives had been impacted by the women / people at HOA. I hope funding will be approved and HOA will return to L.A, it is a much needed organization for myself and the community. .

by Lizbunnie
6 months ago

This people are true givers from the heart. They have poured countless resources , money from their pockets to make this place one that is inviting and safe in a community plagued with poverty and lacks resources such as this. The #HeartOfArtGallery gives a platform to artists of different levels of skills and mediums to share their creations. I personally have seen how much time they have worked just to keep this place open never making a dime. This is selfless act propelled by love for a community that is always under represented. It was heart breaking when due to altercation in various occasions the places shut downs. They are looking for a new space and this grant will help me greatly. Both Kenya and Be
L (founders) main concern are the people affected by not having a safe place like this. They strongly believe that #ArtSavesLives. And I as a survivor believe the same.

by Omniklix
6 months ago

The extraordinary souls of this space have unconditionally accepted everyone who's come through their doors with open arms, open minds, and open hearts. Before stepping into #HOA , I had never felt or experienced anything like the abundance of love and acceptance they emanate. They work relentlessly, I mean no sleep grinding day and night putting their lives aside to provide an inspirational, creative, and #safe #enviornment for this that are misunderstood, unaccepted and cast out by society. I carry what they stand for and the knowledge & experiences they've gifted me with everywhere I go, living them through my actions. Kenia, is an incredible multi-talented Professional BeastleaderArtista, I'm continually blown away by how she manages to follow through whole heartedly on all she does. When I begin to feel weak or powerless, Bell comes to mind .I remember how fiercely she feels and fights for all that she loves, and all that she believes in. Have no fear, even in the face of our aggressors. I credit Her for teaching me that and many other priceless lessons. I have MUCH #love for y'all and I'm so VERY excited for your future and the impact we'll make in this world. #HOALA2050 #HeartOfArtGallery #ArtSavesLives

by humyn
6 months ago

*my coordinating partner

by yhercat
6 months ago

Every time I went into the heart of art gallery I felt welcomed and safe, even when I was going through personal problems meanwhile trying to curate my feminist show, the heart of art gallery supported and uplifted me and my so coordinating partner. We later had a successful and amazing show of all ages. Thank you Heart of Art Gallery

by yhercat
6 months ago

I need my safe space back!!

by Panik138
6 months ago

Have ya ever walked into a location where you feel complete safe and comfortable. Where even though the art looks scary you know its nice and is there to protect you? I have never seen anything in my life like this. there is so much positive energy in there. That it would melt all the nasty stuff that latched onto me as soon as I walked in. Wow, just being in that place got my creative juices flowing. I stopped make art for years and then I walked in and they motivated me to start maknig art again.

by Felisanchezsal
6 months ago

WE Cant wait to rebuild a new safer, stronger community with the city of LA to be able to help more youth and people.

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

When i first went to heart of art gallery i was amazed about how creative & awesome the art was. I went with a few friends & everyone there was so nice & welcoming. I saw an opportunity to show them my art and they liked it made me feel happy theyd want my art on their walls. Sadly it closed so om waiting for them to open a new one so i can join them :)

by Wwuesiii
6 months ago

I first went to heart of art several years ago, when it was very new. I found it to be very welcoming to an older woman who didn't know anyone! The artwork was stimulating as well as inspirational. It was a place I returned to many times. It is a valuable addition to the Los Angeles art scene!

by msrosebush
6 months ago

they are grate

by losterheim
6 months ago

I love Heart of Art! They have a strong passion to help the youth with arts and music. Not only the gallery advocate women/queer rights, but help rescue/abuse animals and to find them a second chance of happiness.

by tylerannnun
6 months ago

This gallery has been helping people for years, fundraising their own money for years. They deserve to keep helping the community

by sheacoco
6 months ago

I hope these people win!

by sheacoco
6 months ago

So cool to be a part of this! Good luck to all Create hopefuls!

by susannacdb
6 months ago

That was from ms.3 ;)

by Hoagirls35
5 months ago

I have had some people tell me they couldn´t complete their voting as well.

by CherieGillette
5 months ago

I couldn't agree with u more....so much creativity from so many talented ppl..... and able to express and share with all....art ..music...poets....all needed....it saves lives...HOA saves lives

by starr80
5 months ago

I lived that about HOA ...no one is judged. ...no one!!!...was all about love!!!....loved it!!!

by starr80
5 months ago

YASSSS. We are all about healing and are truly humbled we were able to provide that outlet for you. The experience was just as special to us. Xoxox

by humyn
5 months ago

You're story is special in so many ways. We are so humbled to have been able to grow and develop as an artist. So muchove!

by humyn
5 months ago

Beautiful Artists like yourself are the blood running through HOA. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us being a muse to all that witnessed. We love you Kim!

by humyn
5 months ago

Thank you for your beautiful contribution and for showing such love and support. Xoxoxo

by humyn
5 months ago

We love you!! YOU ARE THE REASON WE DO WHAT WE DO!

by humyn
5 months ago

Thank you for your support over the years, We are so humbled by the pure love!

by humyn
5 months ago

We sure miss being able to feel completely safe being ourselves in the art home. Your support gives us the motivation to continue moving forward. THANK YOU! Xooxox

by humyn
5 months ago

hell yeah! You kinda forget for a second that theres a things such as transphobia outside for those doors!

by bawesum32
5 months ago

It absolutely does and it's our purpose to save as many beautiful beings as possible by empowering them to create art. We love you and your support means a lot!

by humyn
5 months ago

HOA is the future....so much to offer....so many lives to save....it saved so many already....can only imagine how many it will in the future... xoxo

by starr80
5 months ago

We agree!!!! Thank you for your live and support!!

by humyn
5 months ago

I loved that about the gallery...seeing everyone being free and express themselves. ..art...music...etc...loved seeing that there...want it back

by starr80
5 months ago

HOA definitely has that effect on many people, I'm so glad you were able to experience the beauty of our very special physical location. Your support means so much to us

by humyn
5 months ago

Aren't Belle's hugs the BEST???!! Our curators are filled with so much unconditional love and acceptance, I'm so glad you got to experience the magic that is Heart of Art and thank you for supporting us in our journey to get our home back!

by humyn
5 months ago

We are definitely putting our faith in all that's good. Thank you so much for your support!

by humyn
5 months ago

So humbled to that HOA was able to be that safe, inspiring environment for you. You are the reason we do this!!

by humyn
5 months ago

YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. Iris!!! Heart of Art is blessed to have such golden souls behind our purpose and passion. So Many things wouldn't have been possible without you, XOXOxoxo.

by humyn
5 months ago

The Heart of Art atmosphere is truly magic, and YOU are a huge part of why, thank you for sharing Bee love

by humyn
5 months ago

So blessed to have an art family with such talented and sweet souls. Love you ENZO, big plans comin!

by humyn
5 months ago

You are EVERYTHING Ivy!!! XOXOXOXO

by humyn
5 months ago

Thank you so much for your meaningful words! We love you and your support means the world!

by humyn
5 months ago

We love you! Thank you so much for your support!

by humyn
5 months ago

love you both to pieces.

by CarissaLouise
6 months ago

Thanks for sharing your comments. Please remember to come back tomorrow and vote on this site;)

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

Thanks for believing in the work we do. We appreciate your support and your comment. Don't forget to check in tomorrow and vote for us

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your comment. Means so much to all of us

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

Thanks for your support. Voting starts tomorrow please come back and vote

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

Thank you so much for sharing. Don't forget to check in again tomorrow and vote for the heart of art community. Thank you

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

We had no idea thank you for sharing your story.

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

yaay can't wait!!!

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

Lets work hard. Lets encourage everyone to post a comment and vote

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

Bells hugs were so amazing.. the longest hugs ive ever had... big heart full of love for everyone. ...and kenia's big smile and such encouraging and positive words...always put artists out there with other artist ... kenia and bell are the best....definitely family

by starr80
5 months ago

We also miss doing all those things together as a collective of love and positivity, thank you so much for yours!

by humyn
5 months ago

It was very safe inside. ..so much inspiration all around....HOA is such an amazing place....miss it so much

by starr80
5 months ago

Couldn't of said any better.....heart of art gallery was so amazing and the people that came together there

by starr80
5 months ago

I agree with u....i felt the same....everyone was so amazing...i met so many ppl and so many of us cane together....one big happy family. ...miss it so much....and seeing all the beautiful art created by amazing artists....

by starr80
5 months ago

there really isnt anything like this. Like who doesn't like nice people, music, art, and fun in one spot?

by bawesum32
5 months ago

You're such a beautiful soul! So glad we met at heartofart

by bawesum32
5 months ago

Your story is incredibly powerful, you are a living, breathing example of how HOA literally CHANGES lives. Love you!!!

by humyn
5 months ago

we love everyone so much!!

by Hoagirls35
6 months ago

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