A Heartfelt Look at Romeo & Juliet

Cast Portraits by Arielle Simmons Photography

HEART was invited by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs to perform at Piccolo Spoleto 2017! In collaboration with and under the theatre mentorship of Charleston Stage Company's Associate Artistic Director, Marybeth Clark & PURE Theatre's Artistic Director, Sharon Graci and following the ideas from the Heartists, we adapted Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet into a 30-minute musical filled with humor and heart called A Heartfelt Look at Romeo & Juliet. We had two sold out performances with long waiting lists. We are so proud of our talented actors and our supportive community!

After almost 3 years of creating visual and performance art at HEART, we see this event as a milestone for inclusion, recognition and respect for our talented artists and actors with special needs.

2nd Annual Big HEART Raffle

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHELINE CALICOTT

We had such an amazing experience last April with our 1st annual Big HEART Raffle fundraiser at Redux Contemporary Art Center that we are eager for round two at PURE Theatre!

  • WHAT: 2nd Annual Big HEART Raffle
  • WHEN: Sunday, April 2nd, 3-6pm
  • WHERE: PURE Theatre 477 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
  • WHY: To support HEART Artist Guild & Theatre Company-- Charleston's only professional artist community of adults with disabilities and special needs.

Big HEART Raffle's music lineup features some of Charleston's best talent, including:

Lee Barbour & Vikki Matsis

Lee Barbour & Vikki Matsis

The Tricycles, featuring members of 54 Bicycles, Traveling Kine and Fiddling Marci Shore

The Tricycles, featuring members of 54 Bicycles, Traveling Kine and Fiddling Marci Shore

Lindsay Holler and the Western Polaroids, featuring Bill Carson, Kevin Hamilton, Sam Sfirri and Stuart White.

Lindsay Holler and the Western Polaroids, featuring Bill Carson, Kevin Hamilton, Sam Sfirri and Stuart White.

The heARTists will preview their Piccolo Spoleto production coming up in late May and sing a song from the play. A Heartfelt Look at Romeo & Juliet is written and directed by Marybeth Clark of Charleston Stage Company & Sharon Graci of PURE Theatre. This A-team is sure to wake the big heart in all of us!

Attendees can also expect a cool venue, loving people, delicious food by Rutledge Cab Co, tasty beer by Founders Brewing Co, wine, and creatively curated raffle packages that are sure to knock your socks off!

RAFFLE PACKAGES

Whether or not you are able to attend the Big HEART Raffle, you can still support our heARTists by purchasing raffle tickets. Tickets are $25 each and drawings will be held at the Big HEART Raffle on April 2, 2017 3-6pm. Winner need not be present to win.

There are 3 Packages; Foodie, Wellness, & Arts & Culture and each have a minimum value of $1,200.00. If you buy a ticket for any one package, your name is entered for a chance to win the GRAND RAFFLE PRIZE: A Cyclamatic Electric Bike valued at $800.00!

FOODIE PACKAGE

Husk Restaurant Gift Certificate-- $100 Minero's Restaurant Gift Certificate-- $100 Sermet's Southernterranean Gift Certificate-- $50 Mondo's Restaurant Gift Certificate-- $50 Chef Joshua McCain Private Backyard BBQ Dinner for 8-10 people-- $500 4 Large Handmade Clay Coupes by CBFB Tablescapes-- $350 Edmund's Oast Gift Certificate-- $50 PACKAGE VALUE: $1,200.00

Husk Restaurant Gift Certificate-- $100

Minero's Restaurant Gift Certificate-- $100

Sermet's Southernterranean Gift Certificate-- $50

Mondo's Restaurant Gift Certificate-- $50

Chef Joshua McCain Private Backyard BBQ Dinner for 8-10 people-- $500

4 Large Handmade Clay Coupes by CBFB Tablescapes-- $350

Edmund's Oast Gift Certificate-- $50

PACKAGE VALUE: $1,200.00

WELLNESS PACKAGE

60 minute massage with Eden Fonvielle-- $85 Reverb Yoga 12 Class Pass-- $150 Mission Yoga One-Month Unlimited Pass-- $110 Charleston Power Yoga 5 Class Pass-- $80 Charleston SUP Safaris 2hr paddle for 2 people x2-- $140 Barrier Island Eco Tour for 4 people-- $160 Calhoun Street Cleaners Gift Certificate-- $100  Charleston Shoe Company-- $150 Feet Fleet Gift Certificate-- $30 Nutrition Coaching Session with Stephanie Burg-- $150 Dance Lab of Charleston 10 Class Pass-- $150 PACKAGE VALUE: $1,305.00

60 minute massage with Eden Fonvielle-- $85

Reverb Yoga 12 Class Pass-- $150

Mission Yoga One-Month Unlimited Pass-- $110

Charleston Power Yoga 5 Class Pass-- $80

Charleston SUP Safaris 2hr paddle for 2 people x2-- $140

Barrier Island Eco Tour for 4 people-- $160

Calhoun Street Cleaners Gift Certificate-- $100 

Charleston Shoe Company-- $150

Feet Fleet Gift Certificate-- $30

Nutrition Coaching Session with Stephanie Burg-- $150

Dance Lab of Charleston 10 Class Pass-- $150

PACKAGE VALUE: $1,305.00

ARTS & CULTURE PACKAGE

Charleston Stage Company 4 Tickets to 2017-18 shows-- $100 PURE Theatre Gift Certificate-- $100 You send Artist Ben Timpson a whacky photo portrait and he will paint it for you! -- $1,500 PACKAGE VALUE: $1,700.00

Charleston Stage Company 4 Tickets to 2017-18 shows-- $100

PURE Theatre Gift Certificate-- $100

You send Artist Ben Timpson a whacky photo portrait and he will paint it for you! -- $1,500

PACKAGE VALUE: $1,700.00

GRAND PRIZE

If you buy a ticket(s) for any one package, your name is entered for a chance to win the GRAND RAFFLE PRIZE: A Cyclamatic Electric Bike valued at $800.00!

If you buy a ticket(s) for any one package, your name is entered for a chance to win the GRAND RAFFLE PRIZE: A Cyclamatic Electric Bike valued at $800.00!

Catch the Leprachaun 5K benefits HEART

Wed, March 15, 2017

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

99 Harry M Hallman Junior Blvd, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

www.catchtheleprechaun5k.com

All proceeds will benefit Racers for Pacers and HEART Artist Guild & Theatre Company.  Please CLICK HERE to build your fundraising page.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 fundraisers!

About Heart
HEART Artist Guild & Theatre Company is a family of multi-media and performing artists for adults (21+) with special needs. 

About Racers for Pacers
Racers For Pacers is dedicated to raising funds to provide running chairs for disabled individuals who cannot run on their own. 

 

HEART @ Luke 14 Banquet & Night to Shine Prom

HEART @ Luke 14 Banquet & Night to Shine Prom 2017

6:00 - 9:00 PM Friday February 10, 2017

Families and all attendees please register here

This will be HEART's 3rd year participating in this awesome event hosted by Seacoast Church and sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. HEART is honored to have been invited to perform again this year. Last year, we sang and performed some songs and knocked everyone's socks off!

This year, HEART was invited to kick the dancing off with a flash mob routine! We have been working hard on a routine to the song, Footloose and are thrilled to have professional dance choreographer, Stephanie Burg working with us! 

This is a free event where special needs children and adults are invited from all over the state to join in a very special evening of food, dance, entertainment, and the royal treatment! HEART thanks Seacoast Church & the Tim Tebow Foundation for recognizing our special needs population!

Blissful Dreams @ Tuxbury Farm

Blissful Dreams @ Tuxbury Farm is one of HEART's favorite partnerships with their sweet hearts & horses on the beautiful Wando River! They are having an Oyster Roast Fundraiser this SATURDAY, JANUARY 28th, 12:00-4:00 PM where some of our HEARTists will ride; Stuart Barth, Ryan Thornhill, & Joey Iler. There will also be a Chili Cook-off, Oysters, Hot dogs, home baked cookies, Pony Rides, Rider Demonstrations, Silent Auction, and live music by The Half Measures & Haley Hood!

HEART New Year Digest

We are thriving together!

HEART is awesome because of YOU.

by Farrah Hoffmire

HEART has been growing organically over the last two & a half years and keeps getting stronger with each new day. We are proud of our work, accomplishments, partnerships, volunteers and most of all-- our exceptional adult family!

HEART MISSION: To provide an innovative art and theatre community that promotes creative expression, independence, dignity and community integration for differently abled adults.

FALL 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

  • A NEW HEART VAN: 
    Our GoFundMe Campaign raised almost $15,000 for a new van. We put $10,000 down on a $25,000 15 passenger van and were able to set some money aside for insurance, maintenance and gas for our field trips.
  • MARGARET M. PEERY MATCHING GRANT CHALLENGE: 
    Raised $16,500 in September. A big thank you to Heartist, Chris Peery's mom, Midge. She wrote over 50 letters to friends and family telling them how HEART has changed her and Chris's lives for the better and the donations just came pouring in. We are humbled and appreciative to have such good people in the HEART family.
  • HIPPIES FOR HEART
    HEART established it's 1st annual fall fundraiser and raised almost $5,000. Look for this event again next Fall at the fantastic Pour House, who along with Founders Brewing were major contributors to the success. Congratulations to Shirley Livingston (aka; Austin’s Mom) for winning the grand prize Dutch Bicycle.
  • HEART SHOW PECHAKUCHA STYLE!
    Our PechaKucha Style! show and it's identity themed heART Gallery made a deep impression on the community and the Heartists were all very proud. We are going to find ways to bring back the PechaKucha format in the future. It was inspiring for Rae and I to see the Heartists do so well at this.
  • PARTNERSHIPS:
    We have continued our community partnerships with regular field trips to Blissful Dreams @ Tuxbury Farm and Carolina Studios. We are happy to be able to pay our partners for these experiences to ensure the relationships are sustainable. We also continue to get monthly nature tours with Barrier Island Eco Tours and art tours of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art exhibits. We enjoy free monthly lunches at Rutledge Cab Co. and Hed-Hi Media continues to support us with video promotions. They invited HEART to their studios this past quarter to learn the behind the scenes of video production and we had a dance party! See photos in gallery above and watch video at bottom of this blog. We expect to begin working with even more community partners to create a great HEART experience in 2017 (more on that below).
  • SUSTAINABILITY:
    HEART was able to bring in more than we spent operating and ended the year with money in the bank. It has been a lot of work, and though any small organization doing this type of work will always struggle to some extent, it feels good to be sustainable.  See more below for our approach to fundraising and grants in 2017. Thank you all for your support.
  • VOLUNTEERS:
    We could not do any of this without our caring, passionate, and dedicated volunteers. BoomTown! has been a staple since the beginning of our life and in late 2016; we had Cobble Hill join the family. We also have regular support from Jennifer Hartig, Jane Devilbiss, Kat Walker, Marisa Drake, Coleman Ott, Ryner Burg, Karen Anderson, Marion Von Kolnitz, Nicole Antonacci, Paris Knott, Eden Fonvielle & Noodle McDoodle of The V-Tones, and our house photographers; Reese Moore and Micheline Callicott.

2017 HAPPENINGS & HIGHLIGHTS

  • GRANTS:
    Now that we are an arts and performance organization, we want to apply for more grants to support our productions, raise the production value and help us continue partnering with great local artists and arts organizations. We also have applied for the Blackbaud grant (we did not get this last year) to pay off the remaining balance on the van, so that bill is not hanging over us. We will continue to apply for the Bakker Family Fund and MSSC grants, which we have received in the past. If you know of any community grants that would fit the work we are doing at HEART, please share the information with us.
  • COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES:
    The HeART Shows have had an impact on Heartists and community alike. We are very fortunate to have received several invitations for the Heartists to perform out in the community. For the first half of the year these performances will stand in for our regular heART Shows. This gets the Heartists into the community and we could not be happier:
    • LUKE 14 BANQUET / NIGHT TO SHINE PROM: HEART was invited to kick the dancing off with a Flash Mob Dance Routine at this hugely popular Tim Tebow sponsored annual event at Seacoast Church. Professional Dancer / Choreographer, Stephanie Burg is volunteering her time to help us with this routine!
    • CATCH THE LEPRECHAUN 5K: HEART will receive 50% of donations raised and we will have a presence / performance at the after party in mid-March. Please, sign up to walk / run for HEART! Details to follow.
    • PICCOLO SPOLETO: HEART has been invited to perform in late May-early June! Details will be announced, but we are super excited to be part of one of Charleston’s premier art and performance events!
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS:
    We continue to be approached by members of the community looking to work with HEART. We are talking to the City of Charleston, Charleston Stage Company, Lewis's BBQ, Pure Theater, Center for Birds of Prey, and several other groups about working together this year.
  • FUNDRAISING:
    We feel like we have established a good reputation in the community and that with our fundraisers and other planned activities we can raise the additional money we need to raise to run the HEART program. We have had numerous acts of generosity that keep us confident we will keep this organization strong. Hopefully grants will help with this also, but of course when the fundraisers, heART Shows and other events come around any help you can offer in selling tickets or getting people to attend is always appreciated.
  • BIG HEART RAFFLE
    HEART will host our 2nd annual  fundraiser on April 2 at Pure Theatre on King Street. This will be a ticketed event with food, drinks, and live music and performances provided.
  • HIPPIES FOR HEART: 
    This Fall we will have our 2nd annual event at the Pour House and expect it to be bigger and better. Stay tuned for details as we head toward Summer. It will remain a free event, with a raffle and sponsors similar to this past year. We expect to expand a bit this year to provide space for more artists, vendors, and sideshow performers.
  • HEART SUMMER CAMP: 
    I am gathering costs to start a weekend overnight camp this summer. I will share costs with HEART families and determine interest.
  • HEART SHOWS: 
    I expect we will have regularly scheduled heART Shows in the late Summer and late Fall and we are talking with the Heartists about a lot of very cool ideas for these shows. Stay tuned to HEART!

THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THE HEART FAMILY!

heART Show: Pecha Kucha Style!

Eliza practicing her presentation for December 16th heART Show 6-7pm at 45 Moultrie St, Downtown Charleston.

Eliza practicing her presentation for December 16th heART Show 6-7pm at 45 Moultrie St, Downtown Charleston.

Each quarter at HEART we work around a different theme and the heART Shows reflect that theme. "Identity" is our theme this quarter and heART Show attendees will see the heARTist's exploration of this in our visual heART Gallery as well as our performing arts piece; PechaKucha Style.

Pecha Kucha Nights is an event that started in Tokyo-- the word means chit chat in Japanese. It is a platform for the creatives in a community to share their work. PechaKucha events now happen in over 900 cities around the world-- including Charleston! The PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where the presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the presenter talks along to the images. 

At HEART, we thought-- "we are creatives too-- we need a platform for adults with special needs to share their work!" So HEART decided to adapt the PechaKucha style down to 10 slides and the images are manually advanced. PechaKucha adapted is the perfect platform for the heARTists to explore who they are, share that with others, give context to themselves, and be affirmed by their family, peers, and community through their art.

The heARTists have been enjoying the process of putting together their photo slide show presentations and are working out the kinks in rehearsals now. We can already see where this project and theme has had a profound effect on the heARTists self awareness and self esteem. Like all other heART Shows-- this will be a special night!

Hippies for HEART

HEART's 1st Annual Fall fundraiser, Hippies for HEART will be held on the Charleston Pour House Deck on James Island November 12, 2016 5-8:30pm.

It will be a family friendly live music jamboree. The event is free and welcomes dogs & kids. Bring your cash, checks, or credit cards for an awesome raffle and other creative ways to support HEART for differently abled adults. The heARTists will be in attendance and accompany several of the musical line-ups as well as selling their arts and crafts.

MUSICAL LINE-UP:

  • Ian Gleason & his Old-time Band, Wadmalaw Wobblers
  • The Heartist perform "Do the Right Thing" by Ages & Ages with  Wadmalaw Wobblers
  • Archetypes band members; Tommy Dew & Geoff Comier with Mitchell Davis from 54 Bicycles
  • The Heartists perform "I've Gotta Horse" by Archetypes with Archetypes unplugged with Mitchell Davis
  • The Heartists perform "Fire on the Mountain" by The Grateful Dead with The Hungry Monks
  • The Hungry Monks Grateful Dead Cover band

ART VENDORS:

  • HEART's Handmade; arts & crafts made by the Heartists
  • Beaded Venus: handcrafted jewelry
  • One Love Kombucha; a local handcrafted delicious & healthy probiotic drink
  • Megan Day; beautiful vibrant paintings
  • Cone 10 Pottery by artists; Susan Gregory & Fiorenzo 

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS FROM ART VENDORS:

  • 5-pack of Dog Bow Ties & a HEART T-Shirt - $40 Value
  • Necklace / Earring Set of Mother of Pearl 18th century Gaming Tokens - $80 Value
  • 4-pack of Kombucha - $50 Value
  • Painting by Megan Day - 
  • 2 pieces of pottery; a bowl by Susan Gregory and a plate by Fiorenzo - 

RAFFLE ITEMS:

  • A Handcrafted Dutch Bicycle by local designer Benjamin Gibbins - $1,600 Value
  • Outdoor Package: 2 VIP Tickets to Charleston's Telluride Mountain Film Festival in February 2017 at Charleston Music Hall, 1 Patagonia Duffle Bag & 1 Day Pack. $350 Value
  • Family Photo Session by Reese Moore $300

 

 

Dutch Bicycle Raises Money for Adults with Special Needs

HeARTist, John Agostino enjoys riding the Dutch bicycle around Hampton Park

HeARTist, John Agostino enjoys riding the Dutch bicycle around Hampton Park

HEART offers this handcrafted Dutch Bicycle to the first person that donates $1,500 to HEART's Special Needs Nature Field Trips GoFundMe Campaign

Local designer and HEART supporter, Ben Gibbins created and donated a Dutch bicycle for HEART to transport our recreational equipment to the park. HEART loves Ben! We quickly outgrew the bike and put it in our first annual fundraiser, Big HEART Raffle. The bike was our most valued at $1,600 and popular raffle item. It raised the most money for HEART that night. HEART supporter, Emily Barrett won the bike and donated it back to HEART for further fundraising efforts. Emily, you rock!

Today, HEART offers this handcrafted Dutch Bicycle to the first person that donates $1,500 to HEART's Special Needs Nature Field Trips GoFundMe Campaign