June 2019
In This Issue:

A Reflection as the School Year Draws to a CloseSchoolYearRecap

With a record number of 19 in-school programs (and 40 out of school time programs), Art  with a Heart is feeling empowered and inspired by what the organization, its incredible staff, teachers, assistants and volunteers were able to accomplish this school year. The growth and reach of its programs is at an all time high and so is the the joy, creativity and social and emotional well-being of the students in Art with a Heart classes. 

Art with a Heart is a strategic combination of art, human services, and education. Its work is motivated by the need for equitable access to arts education and enrichment opportunities that provide innovative and creative curriculum, caring and nurturing adults on a consistent basis, and the opportunity for children and youth to imagine and explore new ideas, skills and cultures through visual arts instruction. 



A Legacy of Love, Peace and DiversityChevyChase

The 2019 class of 5th grade students at  North Chevy Chase Elementary School painted hubcaps for the second annual legacy project at the school. Students incorporated imagery celebrating themes of love, peace and diversity to encourage and uplift the school community. 
Building Community while Creating Art UMBPAL

Art with a Heart, in collaboration with the   University of Maryland Baltimore - Police Activities League, provides weekly visual art classes to 5th grade students from James McHenry Elementary/Middle School and police officers from the UMB Police Department. This is a consistent, creative and positive opportunity for the students and police to build lasting relationships. In the last class, inspired by the artist Kimmy Cantrell's abstract portrait sculptures, the students and the police officers created their own masks using cardboard and oil pastels to represent their physical features and character traits.
A Mindful Community Garden at Mt. Royal MtRoyal

Art with a Heart had a great time with 5th through 8th grade students at Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School working on a mural design and painting program. After a guided meditation with Art with a Heart teachers, students discussed their school community and their desire to convey a safe and welcoming environment.  Student designs where inspired by the abstract and colorful art of Wassily Kandinsky and once complete, were  transferred onto the fence. Students made all the color choices and worked as a team to paint this beautiful fence mural! 

Many Shades of MediationSinai

As part of a four part wellness series, Art with a Heart is programming with clients receiving HIV support services from the M. Peter Mosher Community Initiative at Sinai Hospital. Clients were introduced to the concept of color meditations and considered emotions, memories and experiences associated with different colors. Each student chose one color to complete an abstract painting adding black or white to create a variety of different values while using the same color throughout their artwork. 
A Blossoming Community Garden MosaicMiltonMontford

Art with a Heart worked with the members of the Milton-Montford community in partnership with HEBCAC (Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition) to create a beautiful mosaic sign for the community garden located at the corner of Montford Avenue and Madison Avenue. Thank you to the Southeast CDC for their support of this project!

Creating a Legacy at Maree G. FaringMareeG

For the second year, Art with a Heart, in partnership with Women United, engaged 7th graders at Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School in a legacy values project. Students learned basic clay techniques as they created unique ceramic tiles embossed with their most important value. 

Thank you! ThankYou

Art with a Heart is grateful for the time and talent of the following volunteers during the month of June:  France-Merrick Foundation Goldsmith Early Childhood Center, Baltimore Chapter of The Links Inc. Minch/Karpa family and friends,  University of Baltimore and the  World Trade Center Institute.

Knowledge  is Power!AOL

This month, the Art of Leadership cohort welcomed Natalie Gillard, creator and facilitator of the ingenious FACTUALITY game. Through the game, Art of Leadership students played as a diverse group of characters who encounter advantages and limitations based on their intersecting identities. We discussed the system of structural inequality that exists in America, and came away with better knowledge of what we can do to challenge it, confront biases, and spread knowledge and inclusion.   
National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness EndYouthHomelessness

Several of the Art with a Heart HeARTworks team attended Point Source Youth's 3rd Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness in New York City.  The team spent the day learning best practices in supporting youth facing homelessness and other barriers. Klause Ferrell, Art with a Heart's HeARTworks Assistant, shared this experience from the Symposium:  "The symposium gave me the strength to start making the changes I want to see. I've never been more empowered in my life than when I walked out of those doors. I carry the lessons and inspiration gathered and learned that day with me every day." The team also delivered 57 mosaic frames Point Source Youth ordered as gifts for their sponsors and partners. 
Custom Made Pride!Heartwares

Art with a Heart's incredible apprentices have been busy creating special ordered mosaic portraits and frames. Interested in a custom gift or centerpieces for your next event? Contact Christina Ralls at christina@artwithaheart.net to learn more.

Innovation Works BOOST IWBoost

HeARTwares, Art with a Heart's social enterprise/retail store, was selected to participate in Innovation Works Boost's inaugural cohort, a three day intensive designed to help social entrepreneurs improve strategic thinking and articulate business plans to demonstrate impact, growth and long-term financial sustainability. Working with a mentor, HeARTwares staff discussed a business and social impact plan for HeARTwares that will grow the social enterprise's reach and also create more jobs for youth. Art with a Heart is thankful to the mentors, IW Boost staff, the Miller Center, and the many amazing organizations and businesses that shared space and ideas during the intensive.

Creative Social ActivismImpressionists

A group of Art with a Heart's Junior board, the Impressionists, helped prepare the Enoch Pratt Library mosaic for its installation this month!! Stay tuned for photos of this breathtaking project and l earn more about the Impressionists here:  https://artwithaheart.net/explore/impressionists/