MARICOPA — Art 4 Heart is celebrating its fifth year and hopes to become a further cement itself as a big part of Maricopa’s culture.
This year’s event will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Copper Sky.
Their fundraising goal this year is around $2,000. The funds raised from this festival are donated to the American Heart Association to help those in need and find a solution to heart disease.
A live band will perform featuring the Maricopa High School Orchestra and Jonathan Garavito and Venice Rush, a duo from the music department. There will be jewelry, original artworks, weavings, pop culture t-shirts/accessories and pottery.
Chalk Walk returns to Art 4 Heart, but drawings will be done by students from their program and open to all. There’s an opportunity to participate in prize raffles with donations from artists’ pieces along with their team’s own designs.
Kids have their own corner with fun arts and crafts.
Multiple food trucks are confirmed for the event as well.
This year, there’s a mix of new and returning artists along with MHS clubs joining in. Right now, they’re still adding more artists and are excited for the new arrivals.
Art 4 Heart hopes to solidify their place as a positive part of the community since coming out of COVID-19 with a brand new team.
“We hope for there to be a good turnout and that all attendees as well as new and old artists alike can have a positive experience and a lasting impact,” said Maria Pour, Art 4 Heart advisor.
She said receiving support from the community shows art brings people together and even students still learning can “accomplish big things when they work together with the community.” It helps them represent Arizona and Maricopa with pride at the national SkillsUSA competition.
This event is about supporting the community and future students of tomorrow and giving back to charities.
Pour said to expect plenty of great food and unique artworks.
Graphic Muse is hosting the event in conjunction with the Community Service Project competition, part of a competition circuit in SkillsUSA, which is a nonprofit national education association preparing middle and high school along with post-secondary students for technical, skilled service and trade occupations.