Our Story

We bring comprehensive arts programming to communities with limited access to the arts.

About Art on Wheels

Sometimes, great things come from modest beginnings. In this case, our co-founders Kevin and Andrea had an idea, a dining room, and a bookshelf crammed with art supplies.

The idea was this: that making art- creating something from nothing, something that is uniquely yours, is powerful, and healing, and not enough people get the chance to do that. That the experience of expressing yourself, of learning new things and being empowered by abilities you might have never even known you had is important. That the many therapeutic benefits of the arts aren’t often available to the people who need them the most. So we set out to change that.

We identified four focus areas: Aging in the Arts, Arts and Disability, Healing in the Arts and Arts in the Community, and developed a visual arts curriculum that offers interesting techniques and projects that are challenging, and adaptive for our specialized populations. We brought in music therapists and performance artists to add to the visual art offerings. We reached out to facilities and communities we felt could benefit from arts programming, and soon, agencies were reaching out to us. We wanted to meet people where they were, so all of our classes and workshops come to you.

We quickly outgrew that dining room, and each year continue to grow. Because the idea that life can be better, happier, and healthier with art is true. We uncovered a fundamental need in our community, and we continue to strive to meet it.

OUR PEOPLE

OUR PROGRAMS

What are 5 ways my WHOLE community benefits?

  • Art on Wheels improves health and wellness in elderly, disabled, and chronically ill communities by giving them an outlet to battle physical and emotional challenges with art.
  • Creating art has health benefits. Improving health in at-risk communities reduces the need for long-term care. Reducing risk factors of long-term care saves communities money.
  • Art on Wheels brings visual art and music therapy to 20+ locations in Central Virginia. Our traveling outreach allows us to affect typically isolated, rural or under-served populations.
  • We approach wellness holistically. Many students receive meals, transportation, exercise and other activities through our agency partnerships. Some locations are assisted living facilities which provide an entire spectrum of advanced care.
  • Community Art projects engage a broader audience in art creation! Through interactive events, Art on Wheels’ community projects beautify our schools, parks, and neighborhoods.

Why is this IMPORTANT?

Art on Wheels makes a significant impact in communities without access to services by providing an empowering, creative learning environment in which to cope with the variety of challenges faced by disadvantaged populations. Our programs enhance participant’s lives by providing fun and challenging activities.

We strive to improve our students quality of life by building confidence and fostering friendship in individuals who suffer disproportionately from chronic loneliness and depression.

Agency Partners

Senior Connections, Crater District Area Agency on Aging, The YMCA of Greater Richmond,  Brandermill Woods, The Towers Assisted Living, Riverside PACE Petersburg, Hiram Davis Medical Center, PALETTE Program- Weinstein JCC, The Virginia Home, Tree of Life, Maxwell’s Place, Olivia’s House, Richmond Residential Services, Good Neighbor Community Services, Bon Secours, McGuire VA Medical Center, HandsOn Greater Richmond, Genworth Financial, Altria, Capital One, RVA Street Art Festival, Venture Richmond, Sportsbackers, Senior Connections, Science Museum of Virginia, 1708 Gallery, Virginia Supportive Housing

Funding Support

The Cameron Foundation

Virginia Commission for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

CultureWorks

Sponsors

CareAdvantage

Rudy’s Exotic Mushrooms

Strangeways Brewing

Ardent Craft Ales

Dan Piszcz Innovations

Keith Fabry Reprographics

Standard Ceramic

Virginia Commonwealth University Ceramics Department