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courageous heARTS

courageous heARTS (heARTS) is an arts organization in south Minneapolis that is designed in partnership with and for young people. Our mission is to co-create experiences by offering youth a safe space, built with the intention to heal and empower--through expressive arts, community building, and leadership development.


Healing heart wounds and nourishing the creative spirit are central to our work. In doing so, we seek to strengthen and empower young people’s inner and outer voices so they thrive as courageous change-makers in their communities. We activate this vision through:


• Youth Advisory Board: Leadership team of 8-10 youth ages 14-18 who serve as co-creators of the organization with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

• The heART Center: Our trauma-informed storefront where youth ages 10-18 participate in expressive arts opportunities during out-of-school time.
• RestART: A school engagement program fusing restorative practices with expressive arts to empower students as educational change agents.