2020 Recipients have be chosen (details coming):

Angela Casselton
Director of the Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival
Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ)

Ashleigh Goforth          
Operations Coordinator
Veterans Alternative, Inc.

About the Recipients....

   Thank you 2020 Art Advocacy Grant Supporters! 


The 2020 application period ended on Friday, July 31.
Applicant Notifications have been sent by email.

Namta is an International Association. All countries are eligible to apply.

Visual & Creative art is often defined as drawing, sculpting, painting, literature, music, dance, architecture and theatre, or a product of these disciplines.
For this Grant, only these categories are considered:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpting
  • Architecture
  • Photography will be considered if used in conjunction with one or more of the above.

For your application to be considered, your application must meet the following criteria in one or more of the four following categories:

Public Art
Projects created to enhance public areas and/or neighborhoods, resulting in civic pride, cultural pride, tourism & business, and/or aesthetic beauty. Such projects can be Sculptures, Murals, and other forms of 'Street Art.'

Art Education
Art Programs for Schools, After-School Programs, and other educational settings,used for the enhancement of the learning environment.

Art Therapy for the Military and the Veterans
Art Projects and Programs specifically used to help active Military personnel and/or Military Veterans, affected by military-related stress, PTSD, and any other underlying psychological issues.

Art Therapy for Physical and Mental Health & Healing
Programs used in institutions such as Schools, Hospitals, Senior Care, or Group Homes, specifically using art programs and/or classes, that help people deal with physical and/or mental stress, crisis, or sickness.


 All grant applications are reviewed and selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Funds available

  2. Number of requested grants

  3. Feasibility of any project proposed

  4. Impact of the proposed project in the category in which it supports.

2019 Grant Sponsors

Congratulations 2019 Grant Recipients

Elizabeth Norden
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Chicago, IL
Health & Healing

Mercy Home has served kids in crisis in since 1887.  Its Arts & Art Therapy Programming provides young people with an outlet for self-expression and healing as they process the trauma they have experienced. Arts & Art Therapy Programming is designed to meet for an hour a week for group sessions. Mercy Home Youth Programs staff or the Art Coordinator can recommend, or the youth on their own behalf, focused sessions. Individual sessions are designed for youth whose treatment plans require additional interventions and, specifically, for young women who appear to benefit greatly from art therapy. In these sessions, the Art Coordinator is able to work more closely with the youth and take more time to process emotions, concerns, and traumas that emerge throughout the artmaking process itself. Art becomes an expressive power for capturing events that are often difficult to articulate with words or possibly too difficult to speak aloud. The After-School Programming (ASP), which is coordinated through The Academy, Mercy Home’s wrap-around educational program, has offered watercolor, jewelry making, photo-taking and editing, graffiti, printmaking, pillow-making, drama, and a kid-friendly version of “paint and sip”. Given the amount of youth served during these various sessions and programming, and with youth who show high levels of engagement in the arts, our needs for materials is increasingly growing.

Pictured - an acrylic pour, art that has a mesmerizing energy, a tantalizing quality and an ability to allow the artist to slow down and experience aesthetic arrest. Many report feeling calm and soothed while watching all the pigments move, blend, and separate from one another as they flow across the canvas and split into complex, multidimensional cells. There is a therapeutic, meditative quality to watching this process and being a part of the moment. This project came about from finding ways to encourage the youth to not “waste” paint. Apparent waste became art; a metaphor was born for those things that require second looks, second chances, new perspectives, and just a little love and attention.

Ashley Harwell
Canton Museum of Art – Canton, OH
Military Health & Healing

The Art for Health and Healing (AHH) program was developed in response to a growing need for innovative treatments around opioid addiction, cancer, aging, trauma-related issues, and other mental and physical health challenges prevalent in our community. This unique hands-on program uses the Museum’s exhibitions and art therapist-led experiences as a way for participants to express themselves and build resiliency. According to the Mayo Clinic, resiliency is the ability to keep functioning after stress, adversity or a traumatic event takes place. Resiliency can decrease your risk of mental health conditions and improve your ability to cope. Resiliency is an ability that can be strengthened through building strong relationships with others, finding meaningful activities, learning new skills, learning from one’s own experiences, and more. The AHH program sessions include Guided Tours and Studio Time. A partnership with Stark Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (Stark MHAR) enabled us to test the program, as well as collect valuable data and results. Our most enthusiastic group are the Veterans who have been so inspired by AHH that they’ve requested to open the program to all local Veterans through Veterans Affairs.

For our Veteran participants this year, the results have been instructional in further develop of the program and identifying ways to help each one of these Veterans work through their emotions – whether happy, sad or angry. 92% of participants agreed that, “creating art helped me to express my emotions in a positive way.” 100% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that, “participating in this program improves my mood.”64% of participants felt happy after creating art.

While the program is funded by Stark MHAR for a specific set of Veterans through their recovery program, other money received supports Veterans outside of Stark MHAR, allowing them to continue to open this much sought-after program through Veterans Affairs and touch so many more lives.

Grant Johnson
Louisville Visual Art – Louisville, KY
Program supports Art Education

Louisville Visual Art (LVA) provides exceptional art education via Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC) and Open Doors initiatives. CFAC has delivered high-quality outside-of-school art instruction across the Louisville Metro since 1925.  Since 1988, Open Doors has offered focused in-school lessons and units that enrich diverse student populations with custom-designed curricula.

Meeting two hours a week for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring, CFAC not only gives graduates a powerful set of art-making and critical-thinking tools, it also strengthens social bonds that boost confidence and increase the likelihood that graduates stay in or return to Louisville as adult practitioners, as evidenced by the fact that a number of CFAC teachers are former CFAC students.  

Open Doors education initiatives bring LVA’s high-quality art instruction into public schools and institutions where students live in care of the state or the juvenile justice system.  Intensive lessons and units are typically presented in 1 – 7 sessions that supplement existing art curriculum and reinforce connections with other subjects.  

CFAC supports art learning by 1,000+ students of recognized promise each year.  Open Doors reaches a broader cross-section of the school population, bringing visual art enrichment to 1,500-2,000 students of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.         

Care-givers who recognize a child’s desire for art instruction clearly benefit when that child can receive it at low or no cost.  In addition, involvement with our program introduces families to professional artist-teachers and familiarizes them with gallery exhibitions, helping to de-mystify the career in art their child may choose to pursue.

2018 Recipients

Supporting Art Education, Lindy Casebier received $2,500 for expenses for Children’s Fine Art Classes (CFAC), a hands-on visual art experience for Louisville’s youth that is an after school program hosted at K-12 schools and youth centers. The program meets weekly for two hours, giving students ample time for in-depth art-making, for ten weeks in the fall and spring. CFAC provides intensive, in-depth studio art experiences for talented and motivated students, grades 4-12, and elementary and middle school students are offered concentrated studies in drawing, painting, mixed media, art history, critique, and aesthetics. CFAC students “graduate” with the ability to discuss their work and their peer’s works intellectually and emotionally.


Supporting Health & Healing, Mary Curry Mettenbrink received $2,500 for Young Audiences of Houston health and healing program that for more than 20 years has partnered with local children's hospitals and specialized treatment centers, providing free programming for children undergoing treatment as many hospitalized children are required to be out of school for extended periods of time. The goal of Young Audiences of Houston’s Healing Arts programming is to use the tremendous power of the arts to spread joy, give hope, manage pain, support treatment, and leave positive memories for hospitalized children and their caregivers. Young Audiences Healing Arts programs also serve homeless youth facing challenges and tackling issues, the arts become a valuable tool for creation, discovery, expression, hope and healing.


Supporting Art Education, Alice Brinkman received $2,500 for Creative Connections, a before/after school program offered at REACH Studio Art Center for Lansing area youth ages 6-12. The school district provides buses for the students to get from REACH to 3-6 targeted schools each 16-week semester for their delayed start on Wednesday mornings. Lansing School District students enroll free of charge in the program. Up to 100 students will have the opportunity to enroll in one term or semester of the program, where they will engage with local artists on integrated art learning through special projects that build on the previous week’s lessons and projects. Each term of the program covers a different, engaging theme which is planned and run by an artist/teacher and will involve guest artists, college students, volunteer mentors, and partnerships with other local organizations. Goals include building the student's confidence, and art experiences to improve decision-making and problem solving skills, indicated by their ability to complete art projects and participate in program activities.

A Very Special Thank You!

. . . to the group of Namta Members who were the 2018 Grant Judges!

 2018 Grant Sponsors: