January 2023
Martin Luther King Day of Service
On January 16th, Art with a Heart was honored to host over 100 community members to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy. Volunteers from the Friends School of Baltimore, the Elijah Cummings Program in Israel, G.E.M., Art of Leadership, United Way of Central Maryland, and Jewish Volunteer Connection joined Mayor Brandon Scott, First Lady of Maryland, Dawn Moore, her children, Mia and James, mother in law, Joy Moore, and sisters in law, Shani Moore and Nikki Moore, to create individual and unique panels for a recycled peace quilt project. See pictures of the painted pieces in Community Service and Public Art Section below.
HeARTwares has the Valentines Day Gift for You!

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? HeARTwares has the perfect gift for everyone on your list - friends, family, colleagues and your sweetheart(s). Art with a Heart's canvas pouch has a heartwarming message on the front, colorful zipper, heart charm zipper pull and is stuffed with candy favorites! Once the candy is gone it can be repurposed for pencils, makeup, spare change and more! Ordering online is easy here, Supplies are limited, so don't delay! Happy Valentines Day from your friends at Art with a Heart!
Your Support Matters!
Please consider a gift to Art with a Heart! There are many ways to support the organization. Please consider a tax-deductible donation through one of the following giving methods:

Thank you in advance for your generous support!
The Art with a Heart programming team kicked off the new year with creative and impactful projects, including the installation of a mixed media mural inspired by "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds at the St. Francis Neighborhood Center. The ceramic dots were created by Pre-K and Kindergarten students during summer and and fall programs! Students in the Art with a Heart classes at Lakeland Elementary Middle School got messy with paint after creating their own ceramic pinch pots. Across the city, students at Collington Square Elementary Middle School practiced scissor skills, lines and patterns to make potted cactus drawings. Overall, students in Art with a Heart's 16 in-school programs were excited to return to art class and let their creativity shine after winter break!

The team hosted two professional development workshops for teachers and assistants that focused on Scaffolding Lessons for Student Success and Community Building & De-Escalation in the Art Room. Art with a Heart was thrilled to host guest facilitator and six-year Art with a Heart teacher, Kate McFaul, who is the Dean of Students at Monarch Academy Annapolis.
Community Service and Public Art
The Community Service and Public Art team started the year welcoming 10 new weekly volunteers to its corp of 54 dedicated individuals supporting the organization on a consistent basis.

The MLK Day of Service was wonderfully successful and the participating volunteers enjoyed creating their own rectangles to be incorporated in a larger, collaborative, and meaningful quilt to be displayed at City Hall. Stay tuned for photos of the finished quilt.

Art with a Heart also installed its third crab at Baltimore's Port Discovery. This fun and tactile crustacean is fun to see and touch. In addition to Port Discovery, you can find the Charm City Crab Art at Lucky's Baltimore and Cross Street Market.
Thank You Volunteers!
Art with a Heart is grateful for the volunteers who shared their time and talent with the organization during the month of January: Baltimore Lab School, Boys Latin School, Elijah Cummings Youth Program, Friends School, Gilman School, Girls Empowerment Movement, High Road School, Jewish Community Services, Jewish Volunteer Connection, and United Way of Central Maryland
Art of Leadership
In January, Cohort 8 explored disability and ableism. Students discussed ways to recognize and challenge discrimination and stigmas against people with disabilities. In an especially immersive trip, students visited the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) headquartered in Baltimore. NFB members taught students to type and write Braille, experience technology, travel with canes, and cook while wearing learning shades. Having these new experiences and open conversations was enriching and memorable for all!

Art of Leadership is recruiting current 9th and 10th grade students for Cohort 9! Learn more and apply through our website until March 10, 2023. 
After a busy holiday season, HeARTwares apprentices and interns are back and working on special orders and new products! Jewel Oliver, Art with a Heart's Bloomberg Arts Intern from Baltimore School for the Arts, created the charming designs for the Valentine's Day product. Make sure to purchase yours soon in the store or online...supplies are limited!

Also, this month, HeARTworks is starting their Design Studio classes at three recreation center maker spaces: Harlem Park, Cecil Kirk and Towanda! The curriculum launches right into graphic design with the creation of vinyl stickers in different fonts and styles to decorate the students' notebooks!
Special Projects
January saw the installation of several elements of a mixed-media mural at William Paca Elementary School. The mural, which celebrates the many immigrant families in the school community, is made of mural paint, mosaics, ACM board, and spray paint. Each balloon is created with mosaic glass in the flag of a country that is represented among the student body. The pathway, created with metallic paint and stencils, shows that any journey through which a child comes to a community is special and miraculous. 
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