Fund - Handmade in America art tour

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Raised by 1 person in 62 months

What is the Handmade in America Project?
    Two huge paint-by-number touring murals, a mobile studio and gallery will travel to public schools all across America.  The murals will come to life before America’s eyes as they are filled in by youth one state at a time during a two and a half to 3 week tour around this great country.  This project is being launched by community collaboration expert and artist David F. Heatwole of West Virginia.

The Pray and Play murals created by David Heatwole and Anthony Jones - 2017

Why is this project happening

    America needs some inspiration and good news.  Art can do this.  After twenty years of organizing and managing a variety of creative community collaborations artist David F. Heatwole is ready to launch his most simple yet most engaging project to date. 

     This 11th generation artist believes that art could be used in a way to inspire America and children across this great, and amazingly creative, country if managed in a particular way.  The Handmade in America project is intended to show through example how one artist with an idea can unite people from all walks of life to make something beautiful and to inspire people to do good works.

Photo: Ronald J. Agnir of The Journal

More about the Project

     The Handmade in America project is more than just one project it is a handful of projects wrapped into one.

1.) Assemblies - Heatwole will talk about "Art, Creativity and the power of Inspiration" for groups and art classes.  Armed with a slide show the artist intends to inspire students and get them excited by art and working together for good.
2.) Two mobile murals - made by kids for kids that will be filled in with painted hand-prints.
3.) Mobile Gallery - The trailer will feature works of art by artists who are auctioning them off for 50 hand selected charities across America to celebrate what Heatwole calls Art for Charity Month.
4.) Mobile Studio - This is where Heatwole will be working when time allows at when parked at various locations.
5.) Reaching out - We will be leaving thousands of posters/prints of the student designed paint-by-number murals for Women's shelters, Hospitals, and Nursing Homes across America. 
5.) MUCH MUCH MORE - Yes there is more to this tour that we are saving to announce from the road, IT WILL BE EXCITING!

Heatwole believes that as this beautiful art project unfolds people across America will also become inspired and his goal to “Artify” America will pick up speed and momentum. 

Welcome to the mind of artist David F. Heatwole
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Say it with LOVE on our trailer! Send a message to a loved one in one of the states we will be visiting. Imagine telling your loved one that you are sending a special message to them via this awesome art project. They come out to see the message and then plant a handprint on the truck. From Martinsburg, WV with Love - the Handmade in America project.
Say it with LOVE on our trailer!
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Senator Manchin issues letter of support.
Senator Manchin supports efforts
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I am very happy to announce that I have a commitment from the Martinsburg High School art department to have their students work on designs for the sides of
Handmade in America truck. One very special thing about this high school is that there are 4 art instructors, which is amazing! There are over 450 art students. I can't wait until the teachers get what they want from the state and can get back to teaching. I am supposed to give a presentation to the students soon after they get back in class.
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Brian Denton
11 months ago

Great project! Cheers!

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