Ocean County Artists Guild is excited to share its recent partnership with Hearts of Marcy—a local nonprofit that aims to provide “support, care and guidance in the lives of underserved children in the Barnegat and Manahawkin communities”.  

  1. Hearts of Mercy offers tutoring, mentorships, recreational play, and enrichment programs geared toward the hearts and minds of today’s youth—creating lasting memories and providing the tools for children to thrive in their most formative years. Recently, OCAG instructor and trustee, Kim Cesaretti, visited HOM where children participated in two projects: “View From a Window—The Best Day Ever!” and “What I love About Spring”. Here, the children painted interpretations of what their best day ever would be, either looking inside or outside of a window. For their second project, the children were asked to think about the sights, sounds, and activities associated with Spring, and paint what they look forward to doing with the return of warmer weather.

    Our thanks to Kim for volunteering her time and for her amazing work.  Through opportunities like this, HOM is able to expose children of the community to new people, places, and experiences that aid in positive growth and development. 

  1. Ocean Harbor House Group Art Therapy Program
    Curriculum – Themes (Mandalas, Mixed Media with Poetry and Art, Expressing Emotions as Weather). Sessions run for eleven weeks
    AnnMarie Izzi Dario is a Registered Art Therapist and a New Jersey Certified Substitute Teacher, with 25+ years of experience working with individuals, children, and families. Besides working in schools, AnnMarie has also worked in medical and psychiatric hospitals and currently has a private practice. AnnMarie has created and taught many community art programs and served various institutions in leadership roles. She believes that through the creative process, self-exploration, and self-expression, a common language is created that transcends words. 

    AnnMarie is dedicated to the creative process that facilitates the teaching of solid life skills and tools; offers a unique therapeutic path for gaining authority for healthful choice; strengthens relationships with self, with others, and with the empowered paradigm of living a fulfilling and joyful life.