Art for the Heart

Mailing Address: PO Box 237, Penasco, NM 87553
County of Location: Taos
Phone: (575) 587-0202
NTEE Code: A- Arts, Culture and Humanities
Mission Statement:

Art for the Heart's mission is to foster health through creativity

Primary Programs:

Art for the Heart is an 'art for healing' project of Mountain Ambulance Service (MAS). In a 1000+ sq ft studio we have many art supplies available for the community to use. Since 1996 we have been continuously open 4 days a week, holding free community classes, a weekly women's art group (Hersday) every Thursday 11 -3, and Friday community art sessions. Special Saturday workshops feature traditional arts such as micaceous pottery, felting, colcha embroidery, willow baskets, etc.

We also have a gallery space where local artists can display and sell their art with only a 20% commission. A community art resource, we are often called upon to help with creative projects. We also help with local youth summer camps, and do teen murals and mosaic projects.

Art for the Heart's newest project is UpCycled Fashion, tuning old and/or discarded clothes into affordable fashions. This saves clothes from the landfill and pays seamstresses a living wage sewing at home.

We help maintain the Chamisal ReUse Center, another MAS project. This is a neighborhood exchange at our local transfer station. Excess clothes are turned into quilts, rag rugs and new fashions. The MAS quanset garage is utilized as a WEARhouse to store and assemble the clothes. We also hold free upcycled fashion workshops every Friday 1-5 pm at the studio. and are working on marketing and a new website . In conjunction with this, we also sponsor an annual Glam Trash Fashion show in Taos.

Additional phone number: (505) 417-0155

Populations Served: All Populations, African-American, Asian-American, Children and Youth, Disabled, Elderly, Families, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Latino/Hispanic, Low Income, Men and Boys, Native American, Rural, Women and Girls
Counties Served: Mora, Rio Arriba, Taos
Year Founded:


Annual Budget: $25,000 - $99,999
Personnel: All Volunteer
Executive Director:

Jean Nichols

Accepts inquiries: Accepts inquiries about volunteering, Accepts inquiries about board member positions
Nonprofit Status: Has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS, Is registered as a Nonprofit Corporation with the State of New Mexico

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