Art for the HeART

…Because every heART needs a little Art!

#The heART Bag Project

#The heART Bag Project is a community service art project led by local Miami-Dade Creative Arts teacher/ Founder of Jar of heARTS Elizabeth Hiciano. The heART Bag Project was initiated by her former middle school art class in support of their classmate, who was affected by pediatric cancer. Each bag includes art materials such as crayons, color pencils, coloring books, watercolors and other comfort items to help ease their chemo treatment and hospital stay. Each bag is then tied to a heart balloon. Jar of heARTS believes that balloons have a magical way of lifting a child’s spirit. The project has so far enriched the hearts of over 2,000 hospitalized children thanks to our community and the Miami Marlins who uplifted The heART bag project.

If your organization or company would like to participate in #The heART bag project please contact us today!

Art for the heARt – Arts in medicine program

With the goal of creating a family-centered healing environment,our signature Art for the heART program is a very special 2 hour curated experience where children are invited for an afternoon of creative expression with our art educators, therapists and local artists. Our signature Art for the heART program enables children to express their feelings, build self-esteem and to help them maintain a positive identity, and to celebrate life through creative expression as we focus on the process vs. product. To sponsor and dedicate a heART event in memory of a loved one please email us at info@jarofheartsfoundation

Visiting Artist Program

In partnership with Miami’s talented visual and performing artist from Wynwood, local artist are inspired to visit patients to create collaborative works of art through out the year that will be then exhibited at our annual heART Basel event at a local children’s hospitals!

HeART Basel exhibit

During our heART Basel event, Jar of heARTS transforms an entire hospital lobby into an age appropriate children’s art exhibit where patients meet and greet local artists, participate in a one of a kind art workshop, receive a signed original art work by the artist and a hand painted heART bag full of art materials to inspire the artist within. Visiting Artist candidates are selected from around the world through an invitation-only nomination process. Jar of heARTS does not accept direct applications for our Visiting Artist Program.

Art Therapy

Art therapy can be so beneficial to someone in need of restoring balance in mind and body because it can help them understand what is going on with their mental state and look deeper into their thoughts and actions.

We are happy to announce that Jar of heARTS will soon be offering complementary private Art Therapy sessions for pediatric palliative care patients by request and small group sessions for caregivers of children with disabilities starting Fall 2024. Sessions are 1 1/2 hour long and led by a Registered Art Therapist. Stay tuned!

Legacy Art

Jar of heARTS understands the importance of creating memorable art pieces. To support and bring comfort to families whose child is critically ill, Jar of heARTS helps create Legacy Art with families with their child. Families may choose either professional hand casting, hand prints or a family photography session. Legacy art can be  an emotional experience for family members involved in the process. Jar of heARTS will visit the bedsides of critically ill pediatric patients and nurture hearts through art whether its by family members interlocking hands, capturing a forever moment through a lens or creating a one of a kind handprint!

To be eligible, patient must reside in South Florida, be in palliative care, 21 years or younger and must have submitted a patient membership application. Once received, Jar of heARTS will make an appointment for a bedside visit. All request must be made 8 weeks in advance. Art pieces will then be beautifully wrapped and delivered with love and care.

Become a partner!

Interested in enhancing your patient and family hospital experience? Consider partnering with Jar of heARTS! We are a premiere healthcare Arts in Medicine organization committed to transforming the health care system through the arts, one heart at a time!