2014 - 2020
Based on the British model of The Art Room, the Max Kohler Foundation founded HEART in Switzerland in 2014 to promote art education for children between the ages of 5 and 12.
The starting point for the programme is the conviction that engaging in the creative process and being exposed to and thinking about art positively influences children’s development.
With its structured and closely supervised setting, the HEART method helps children with difficult life situations to develop their own strategies in order to cope with the individual challenges they face. The programme encourages the development of social and interpersonal skills such as decision-making skills, autonomy and taking responsibility. The art therefore acts as a bridge to reach the children, thus taking on a therapeutic effect.
Evaluations in England have already shown that the programme significantly reduces emotional and behavioural problems.
The programme is sponsored by the HEART non-profit association which is headquartered in Zurich and was established by the Max Kohler Foundation in 2015. Together with the district school commission of Schwamendingen, HEART is currently offered at schools in Leutschenbach and Auzelg during the school year.