Meet the Team
Art at the Heart was founded by Kamaljit Suman and Mukesh Kumar in 2016. Alarmed by the rising levels of mental health issues and the numbers of teenagers coming to art and design as a last resort, Kamaljit and Mukesh decided they needed to act. In 25 years in post 16 education, they had witnessed time and time again how arts and cultural education impacted positively on lives, not just in providing a career path, but in other, more subtle ways, too. Giving people the skills to imagine and then make is an incredibly empowering force. The realisation that this mindset extends to any problem increases the capacity of people to act to improve their lives.
Grounded in real world practice, with award winning results, Kamaljit and Mukesh set up Art at the Heart to work with communities, employers and schools to embed the arts into everyday life. Arts and culture can play a preventative role against some of society’s challenges assisting with reducing stress, increasing wellbeing and creative problem solving.