The staff at Art With a Heart are driven by a desire to serve those less fortunate. We are dedicated to those we serve, and believe that together we can make a difference in our community and thus in the world.

Andrew Lee
Executive Director

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Andrew came to the US in 1999 from Bristol, England. He was lured by the prospect of exploring the continent and being a kept man. Instead, he took classes at IUPUI and has since been surprised at how useful an MBA can be in the running of a non-profit entity. Andrew became actively involved in the non-profit community working with/for several local organizations (Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, International Center of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, Indianapolis Concours, Business & Professional Exchange, Irvington Development Organization and the Indiana Humanities Council) on issues ranging from Strategic Planning to Technology implementation, Event Management, and Board Development. Andrew joined AWAH in March 2009, taking over from the founder and leading the organization through the recession. Andrew has championed the use of integrated arts programs to help at-risk youth engage with their entire academic curriculum.

Kaitlyn Akin
Director of Out-of-School Time Programs

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Kaitlyn worked with AWAH as a program intern while studying for her bachelor’s degree in Art Education at IU Herron School of Art & Design. She worked on special projects including a highly successful mural collaboration with Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Youth Philanthropy Initiative and the Indianapolis Colts. Kaitlyn has also served as an assistant teacher working in classrooms with at-risk youth. After a study abroad visit to England, Kaitlyn returned to the US and began to teach summer camp with AWAH, including managing her own classroom. In addition to teaching, Kaitlyn has a strong passion for photography and ceramics — both of which she rediscovered during her study abroad while teaching art to 11-18 year old students. Kaitlyn hopes to return to England in the future to experience more of its culture.

Carmen Garcia-Harris
Director of Early Childhood Programming


Carmen brings extensive experience in teaching and program design to her Art With a Heart position. Earning her B.S. and M.S. in Elementary Education at Indiana University, she enjoyed a teaching career where she led an award-winning environmental service-learning project promoting integrated curriculum and student leadership, and designed a co-teaching model as an advocate for full inclusion of students with disabilities. She transitioned to Research Associate at IU Bloomington, designing professional development for school improvement initiatives. She became a consultant in Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Support and recently served as Indiana’s Implementation Manager for Achieve3000 literacy programs. Carmen has served as an Online Instructor for the College of Education at University of Phoenix since 2004, and continues to develop coursework for Education programs. Her passion for helping all children discover and cultivate their unique gifts, no matter their challenges, led her to Art With a Heart in 2013. Her favorite art works are abstract. Carmen’s daughter is a jewelry and metalsmithing artist and her son’s family recently blessed her with a granddaughter. She enjoys writing, traveling, and fabulous get-togethers with her “college cohorts”.

Kelly Bradbury
Site Director


Kelly is a former elementary school teacher with an advanced degree in curriculum and instruction. After working as a classroom teacher, she became an instructional coach and mentored others to improve teaching strategies and classroom management.  Most recently, Kelly was a Homeschool Teacher. After homeschooling  her daughter for ten years, Kelly enrolled her daughter in 4th grade at Sidener Academy last spring. She also has a five-year-old son, who participates in Art with a Heart at CFI #2.

Kathy Calwell
Site Director & Curriculum Advisor

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Kathy earned her B.A. in Art Education at IU Herron and her M.S. in Urban Education from IUPUI. Throughout her personal and professional life, she has been dedicated to art and education and determined to help all reach their full creative potential. Kathy was one of the original teachers at IPS Key School, where she helped design the first Multiple Intelligences school in the country. She developed a mentor program for middle school and an apprenticeship program for high school. She also developed an International Service Learning Program, which allowed the seniors at Key High School to travel abroad, breaking their own boundaries, and learning the value of serving others. Kathy continues taking groups on international service learning trips and has developed an art program enhancing language skills through the arts. She joined the Art With a Heart staff in 2013, and has helped to shape the Pre-K and Kindergarten programs in her role as Site Director and Curriculum Developer. She loves working with students, volunteers and teachers in this program. She considers the community her canvas as she supports all involved in creating their own masterpieces of learning through the arts.

Joanna Ireland
Site Director


Joanna graduated from IUPUI with a BS in Psychology and then taught preschool for 15 years at a parent-run cooperative in Irvington. She has 4 children, one of which participated in AWaH’s Creative Kindergarten Connections program. After teaching preschool, Joanna moved on to work for IPS #84 for a year and a half as a Behavior Specialist. During her time at #84, she got involved with us by running a center in the AWaH CKC program. Her youngest son was also participating in the CKC program during that time at his school, “I loved being able to talk to him about what his class did in AWaH that day, and really knowing the program first hand through the work I did at IPS #84,” said Joanna. She fell in love with AwaH; seeing the confidence and enthusiasm it created for her son made her heart sing. Her son has special needs, which makes school a place he doesn’t always feel successful, but in AWaH he always felt successful and he loved coming home to talk about what he learned! She also saw the difference it made for the kids at IPS #84. “Their attention spans were stretched, their fine motor skills increased and confidence in their art ability sky-rocketed,” said Joanna.

Molly Braden
Volunteer Manager


Molly is a graduate student at IUPUI’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She found Art With a Heart in the summer of 2015 because she wanted a graduate assistantship that would be creative, interesting and fun! She found that here at Art With a Heart. Molly is from the Louisville Kentucky area and relocated to Indianapolis in August 2015. She has been involved in the nonprofit sector for most of her life. She credits her interest in helping others to her brother Jacob, who has Autism and Fragile X Syndrome. When she isn’t working or doing schoolwork, she enjoys traveling, hiking, writing, concerts, and sleeping. Molly hopes to work in the arts, the developmentally disabled community, systemic reform, and environmentalism throughout her career in the nonprofit sector.

Part Time + Collaborating Teachers

Sarah Boutwell
Brittney Bowers
Amy Brown
Cassandra Dunmyer
Jessica Green
Helen Harris
Desiree Hinshaw
Marlina Koonce
SheRae Parker
Laura Reilly
Tyler Roberts
Emma Said
Monia Sanchez
Glenna Stevens
Caren Stinger
Bridget Swinney
Leslie Walsh
Carol White
Abby Wolf