Paint Love brings extraordinary arts programming to youth facing poverty and trauma.


We envision a world where all young people have access to creative experiences that empower them to imagine a future not limited by adverse experience.

How we do it

We partner with Title 1 schools and nonprofit organizations to engage youth through projects that are artist-led and specially formulated by trauma-informed standards.

Why we’re different

It’s not “just art.” Art is critically important and wonderful all on its own, but Paint Love is not an after-school art program. Paint Love is comprised of top tier artists, makers, and creators; community advocates; and trauma professionals; who expertly craft an intentional art project specific to the unique needs of each of our community partners.


Atlanta artist Julie McKevitt started Paint Love in 2014 with a mission rooted in direct response to three challenges she saw in our community: 1) Youth facing poverty or trauma greatly benefit from creative outlets, but often have the least access to artistic programming, 2) Schools and organizations serving these youth are pressed to meet their core needs and often lack the resources to provide creative experiences, and 3) Many artists want to use their talents to serve and give back but do not have the time or support to find and plan service opportunities.

Why Paint?

To paint means to cover. Just as an artist covers their canvas in color, so we want to cover those we are privileged to serve with love.

Out of love, we teach lessons, donate supplies, share stories, give hugs, and provide words of encouragement to help our students fully embrace the masterpieces they were created to be. The word paint denotes action on our part. We are taking action to make a difference in the lives of youth. And, of course, we are using lots of real paint in the process!

Why Love?

Regardless of profession, we believe we are called, first and foremost, to love others. Love provides a fertile ground for positive change and growth to happen. And in the context of art, it provides a safe environment for self-expression, acceptance, and even emotional healing.

Because we love, we desire to bring these benefits to others. That’s why we’re assembling incredibly talented artists, generous individuals, and community organizations —to paint love through the powerful gift of art. We invite you to join us! 

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