A Home 4 Art, Inc.
A Home 4 Art is a pending 501(c)(3)organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged youth with the tools that they need to succeed. We aim to offer creative opportunities and imaginative solutions that empower homeless and foster children ages six to seventeen.
The pillars of our home are art, music, literature, and drama. Our “home” environment allows children to express themselves through various modalities in a safe, fun, and encouraging center for hope. In the future, we hope to expand these pillars in order to incorporate mindfulness in collaboration with Breathe for Change.
Sites We Currently Serve
The Children’s Home Network, Tampa
Access Granted Now, Palmetto
Carlton Manor, Saint Petersburg & Pinellas Park
A Home 4 Art seeks to not only provide community support for youth in need but to provide the children that we serve with the opportunity to advocate for themselves. Through outreach events such as our Gallery 4 Good, Kids 4 Kids, and Acting 4 Action programs, our children can strengthen their definition of community and family. We welcome the public to these events in the hopes of igniting a spark within our talented youth and those who support their dreams.
Our “home” is supported by four artistic pillars: art, music, drama, and literature. Each of these enrichment programs was carefully designed, in collaboration with expressive arts instructors, to serve homeless youth ages 6-17. Our programs aim to establish a sense of normalcy, permanency, and security within those we serve. With the aid of community volunteers and staff, we help youth to redefine their pasts and gain control of their futures.
As art programs dwindle and homelessness grows, we are prepared to be a forward moment for change. Our goal is to inspire the communities that we serve to educate themselves about homeless issues and extend a hand where they are able. A Home 4 Art hopes to gather momentum in order to serve states outside of Florida and countries outside of the United States. We are a global movement for neglected, abandoned, and homeless youth who eagerly await their opportunity to shine.
A Home 4 Art was founded in 2019 by child advocate Michalla Brianna. Michalla received a B.A. in human developmental psychology & creative writing from Eckerd College. She is currently a student at The University of the Cumberlands where she will earn her M.A. in clinical counseling. Additionally, Michalla is CPR and First Aid Certified and has completed DCF, Early Learning, and Foster training.
Michalla is a former Disney entertainer, children’s party planner, gymnastics coach, pre-k teacher, a professional singer, commercial model, and public speaker for youth. She currently owns and operates The Barrie Patch where she publishes and sells her inspirational children’s books, apparel, and games.
In the future, Michalla will complete an additional M.A. in digital media from Harvard University, obtain her Florida counseling license, and become a certified expressive arts therapist.
Born into poverty, Michalla struggled for the first ten years of her life before being taken in by her grandparents. “For the first time, someone told me that they believed in me and provided me with various expressive outlets. Through this experience, I learned that one person can make a difference in a child’s life. I want children to enter a space where they feel that they can be themselves and explore a future that is not defined by their pasts.”