Art is the voice of the voiceless, the wings by which they soar, and the nonverbal language that allows the deaf to communicate with the world. Art to Heart is a non-profit organization based in Palestine, founded in 2018 by Ms. Suha Khuffash; a woman with passion for arts who decided to channel her international expertise as an agent of change towards the empowerment of persons with disabilities through art. Art to Heart chose Art as a means through which to generate empathy, understanding, progress, and change; to challenge stereotypes and go beyond the all-too common assumptions regarding what persons with disabilities can achieve; and finally to promote cooperation and dialogue between those with disabilities and their non-disabled peers. In turn, we aspire to create an inclusive environment, enabling persons with disabilities to showcase their work, passion, and potential both within and beyond their community, culture, and country.
Art to Heart seeks to change the narrative and challenge social norms and preconceptions in Palestine regarding persons with disabilities. It is now time to end discrimination against persons with disabilities, to stop perceiving them as objects of pity or charity, and instead recognising, celebrating, and advocating for their rights, their humanity, their inherent value, and their extraordinary potential. Art to Heart seeks to empower persons with disabilities; to fight against social ostracism, stigmatization, and the often-damaging misconceptions that are sadly still quite prevalent; and to inspire both individual and collective expression, representation, understanding, and respect through the humanising influence of the arts.
Today, we are a passionate and dedicated team, working with our partners locally, regionally, and internationally not only to promote integration of those at greatest risk of exclusion and prejudice, but to use art as means through which to express and explain their ideas, needs, and concerns from a rights-based approach.
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During the Covid 19 pandemic, a series of four virtual puppets episodes were produced to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder on the occasion of the International Day of Awareness of Autism Disorder in April
The second Art to Heart exhibition titled “Colors – We Celebrate our Difference” marked a new milestone as it included persons with disabilities along with their nondisabled peers. It was sponsored by Drosos Foundation, Rawa Fund, and the Palestinian Performing Arts Network.
“Art to Heart” received a grant from “Rawa: The Creative Palestinian Community Fund” to support the capacity building of the organization and to kick off a training of trainers community art programme
August 2019- March 2021
A partnership agreement was signed with Drosos Foundation to support the institutionalization of Art to Heart.
The first Art to Heart exhibition titled “Through Art We Speak” was organized with support from A.M Qattan Foundation celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
January 2017 and December 2018
Ms. Suha Al-Khuffash was designated to participate in an international fellowship program in Singapore and Malaysia by the Singapore International Foundation, focusing on the role of art in community influence and change, with a focus on disabled and marginalized groups.
“Art to Heart” was registered in Palestine as a non-profit organization based in Nablus and officially started its activities.
“Art to Heart” initiative was recognized as a pioneering social project by Leaders Organizationin Palestine through the “Social Enterprise Accelerator” program. Art to Heart received technical, technical, legal, and logistical support through the assistance and cooperation of the Olof Palme International Center.
“Art to Heart” launched a community art initiative in Nablus conducting art activities and events for persons with disabilities and their families specially during the holy month of Ramadan.