I'm Bilva Vedamurthy, founder & president of Arts Saving Hearts, from California.Senior at Monte Vista High School
Ever since we went to COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 March, I had a lot of spare time as I missed going to school. I used to burn time playing video games out of pure boredom. I started to think on why I missed school and why I’m bored? I realized learning something new and helping people made me happy so thought there must be many more students and adults alike who must be willing to learn and help but weren't sure how. I thought art is boundary-less, there is always something new and creative about art not just limiting to painting. I started involving student artists and their talents to showcase them for fundraising. Initially, I created a website to start my first fundraising project to give back to the community. On this website, artists can contribute their art and sell it. 100% of the profit goes to helping people globally. The message quickly reached the communities, and I started receiving art pieces from school students, art teachers, and professional artists around the Bay Area. I worked with multiple foundations to help Covid-19 victims. What started as a fundraiser has turned into a community to help those in need.
"Empowering Mental Wellness Through Skill Development in 2021"
In a world that has been significantly impacted by the events of the past year, Arts Saving Hearts has recognized the need for innovative solutions that not only foster self-sustainability but also empower individuals to enhance their mental well-being. Our mission, aptly named "EMPOWER," is a reflection of our commitment to these goals.
EMPOWER: Enhancing Lives through Skill Development
Collaborating with various organizations has led us to a profound realization: the establishment of a self-help model can pave the way for self-sustainability. With this insight, our focus at Arts Saving Hearts has shifted toward empowering individuals to acquire new skills. This change in direction has not only garnered support from local businesses but has also given rise to several fundraising initiatives.
A Holistic Approach to Mental Well-Being
So, why the emphasis on skill development in 2021? The answer is simple: learning sustainable skills is a gateway to enhanced mental well-being. In these challenging times, acquiring new skills can stimulate cognitive functions, bolster confidence, and reduce stress by providing a positive distraction from the anxieties of the world. Skill development nurtures resilience, triggers the release of endorphins, and fosters social connections - all of which are essential for mental health.
A Positive Shift in Mental Health
The benefits of skill acquisition accumulate over time, resulting in a holistic improvement in mental health. Our focus on skill development in 2021 is not just a response to the challenges of the past year; it is a proactive step toward creating a positive shift in mental well-being.
Join Us in Our Mission
At Arts Saving Hearts, we are committed to providing individuals with the tools they need to not only survive but thrive. Through our fundraising initiatives and focus on skill development, we aim to assist numerous communities, both locally and globally, in acquiring new skills and achieving self-sustainability.
Expanded our team: Thank you Sofia, Mr. Nitin, Mrs. Jyothsna for joining our team.
Join Us in Our Mission
We are growing beyond to create avenues for creative minds to give back to the communities globally.
We are partnering with local and global organization to increase our reach and impact.
-Edgewood Center for families
-A Million Thanks org
We added new volunteers to our team.
Launched outreach programs with Danville City Mayors, Congressman of District 10, and Contra Costa County Supervisor to conduct local programs at cities and schools.
President and founder of ArtsSavingHearts.com
Founder and President
Mental Wellness Activist