The Foundation Story


It all started when...

The Foundation was established by Amado & J.B. Peña. It was incorporated in Texas in 1994 and received its 501(c)3 recognition from the IRS in 1995. The Foundation is governed by a nine member Board of Directors with Dr. Mike R. DeVault serving as Executive Director.

Amado and J.B. Peña reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a southwest artist whose distinctive style and Mestizo images are known throughout the world. J.B. is a successful weaver and business owner. They value the arts and have a deep interest in helping students further their education in a field which is generally under-funded. Art Has Heart has been an avenue for both Amado and J.B. to help talented students continue their education and realize a dream.

It is thanks to Art Has Heart that I was able to attend college and receive my degree. I am now a proudly graduated Art History Major. Thank You.
— Rebecca R.