Painting since age 6, art has always been Hannah’s greatest passion. She loved art so much that she wanted to take art classes to learn more. After attending a few art classes, Hannah became upset and no longer wanted to take art classes.
When her mother asked what had happened, Hannah told her mother that a few kids would come to watch the kids taking art classes. When Hannah questioned the art teacher why they were not taking the art class as well, the art teacher stated that those children could not afford the art classes. So, being the inquisitive 7 year old that she was, asked why didn’t the art teacher give free art classes to the children who couldn’t afford them. The reply from the art teacher was that “she didn’t do free art classes”.
That upset Hannah to the point that she wanted to quit art classes all together. Perplexed to why adults didn’t want to help the children who couldn’t afford art classes, but were clearly talented, Hannah set out to find someone who would help the children.
During an art show event, she met her mentor, Dawn Thornton. After talking with Dawn, Hannah told her about her dilemma. The question Dawn set before Hannah changed her life forever. Why couldn’t she do something about herself? Could a now 8 year old little girl really do something to help underprivileged children receive free art classes?
Hannah answered that question by founding Art for All. The mission was to provide free art education such as art classes, camps and art mentoring for underprivileged children in rural Alabama.
To date, Art 4 All, which was recently renamed to Art Squared, has helped more that 15,000 children and has reached nationwide. Hannah was able to take her cause to as far as Washington, D.C. and at age 9, Hannah took on the Nation’s Capital to teach workshops to adult on how to use cost effective ways to teach art to children.
Hannah continues to be an outspoken advocate for free art education and received commendation from city Mayors, Governors and state senates.
But soon, another cause struck close to her heart. Hannah lost her grandfather to Pancreatic Cancer in February 2012. After doing research, Hannah soon found that Pancreatic Cancer had only an 8% over 5 years and how underfunded Pancreatic Cancer research is, Hannah knew she wanted to be a part of helping find a cure.
Once again, Hannah used her skills to create the Walton Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Through paint party fundraisers held in November for National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Hannah raises money to help fund Pancreatic Cancer research.