An Art Advocate - Using installations, murals and more to engage and inspire communities
From a young age David believed that art should be experienced by the general public in a variety of ways. Whether just viewing art in a gallery setting or in an altered environment as an installation Heatwole has tried to engage the public and encourage them in the artistic process of contemplating and visualizing art. In the mid 90s the artist met other surrealistic/fantasy/contemporary artists of the Northern Virginia area and shared his vision of bringing art to the public in engaging ways, together they loosely formed the Transcendental Arts Council(TAC). Together they held festivals to benefit area not-for-profit humanitarian organizations. Childrens Hospital in D.C. were the recipients of a pumpkin painting event and an art exhibition in the hospital lobby. The group also put together a unique Easter Egg Hunt that involved 15 recycled doors that were painted by each artist and a velcro board where children could place alien drawings that they found in their easter eggs. In 1996 a few members of the group under the direction of Heatwole established the first Umbrella Offering community project with the help of his past art instructor from his High School. By 2000 the loosely bound group of artists somewhat parted ways just by life circumstances and Heatwole kept the vision growing by putting together a board of directors and officially forming the TAC. The TAC took the Umbrella Offering project and turned it into the "Umbrella Offering Program" and kept developing larger projects that the artist later coined as Creative Community Collaborations. Today the artist still works in communities developing projects that are geared to uniting people and engaging them in the creative art making process.