Art Feeds Hearts

Our Story

How it started

In 2009, Meg Bourne was 19 years old and volunteering in a classroom in Joplin, MO by creating art with students. In this classroom, there was a little boy who was lethargic, struggling with academics and had low self-esteem. The classroom teachers discovered he wasn’t being fed at home, which added to his challenges. As Meg continued doing art lessons with him, he showed tremendous progress through expression; art was feeding his heart and mind, like the food he needed to nourish his body.

The art lessons quickly grew from one classroom to more and more children. In order to fund the supplies she needed, Meg printed and sold shirts that featured “Art Feeds” and a blank written by that original little boy, paired with his handprint, which ended up with a heart in the middle and later became the Art Feeds logo. The blank was open for the buyer to fill in with whatever “Art Feeds” for them. The simple t-shirt project grew far beyond expectations and the story of this little boy spread to more people, more impact and more reach of Art Feeds programs.

The story of this little boy is now the story of thousands of Art Feeds students who have together had the realization

“What I’m creating has worth, I have worth too.”

Our People

MEG BOURNE

FOUNDER + CEO


Meg is our Founder and CEO. It was her vision that started Art Feeds in 2009 and her vision still carries us today. She walks between the administrative and creative duties of running Art Feeds, and she’s also the driver of the Van Gogh 2.0, our Mobile Art Center. When she’s not dreaming new dreams, you can find her travelling, beating your PR at the gym or discovering a secret concert by your favorite band.

BROOKE LEMASTERS

COO


COO of Art Feeds, Mama of June, Fan of Tetris. Brooke has been with Art Feeds since the first year it existed and her role has changed every year as our org has grown. You’ll find her managing many of the administrative tasks, websites and graphic design, while creating in the classroom whenever possible. When she’s not in the office, she’s outside with her family, dancing in her kitchen or planning their next road trip.

ALEXIS THOMASON

Program Coordinator


Alexis is our Program Coordinator. Her exceptional skills and energy in the classroom have made her a great fit to help us train others implementing our curriculum. You’ll find Alexis traveling to our Community Assist sites to observe and encourage our Art Feeds Method! Alexis is always ready with new health knowledge, constantly learning new skills and one of the most joyful humans we’ve ever encountered.

Internship

WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

We have several internship availabilities for our Fall 2020 semester! You will be contacted in early January if you are being considered for the opportunity. This is not your typical internship - at Art Feeds you will learn the inner workings of a creative, innovative, driven group of people banded together in our “for the kids” mantra.

APPLY HERE
10-years
2009
Meg Bourne starts Art Feeds in Joplin, MO
2011
Art Feeds responds to Joplin Tornado
2011
Presented with a Mobile Art Center from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
2012
Won a Do Something Award on VH1 presented by Chris Bosh
2013
Art Feeds National launches
2013
Our first Art Feeds mural
2014
Our first Art Feeds Gala
2015
Art Feeds Gala #2: Find your Purpose in the Circus
2015
Expanded Art Feeds to Carthage, MO
2016
Opened our office in Fayetteville, AR
2016
Art Centers opened in Cambodia
2017
Art Feeds National Community Assist launches- our programming made available to communities worldwide!
2017
Art Feeds Says Podcast
2017
Built Van Gogh 2.0
2018
Art Feeds Makes
2018
40th Mural!
2019
Thailand Art Center and Training

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