June 2017
In This Issue:

Art with a Heart + Recreation and Parks = ART IN THE PARK! AITP

Art with a Heart, in collaboration with Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, has launched a mobile visual art initiative! Now through September 2, 2017, Art with a Heart will be conducting two classes a day at 11:00am and 2:00pm every Wednesday through Saturday. You can find Art in the Park at Reedbird Park, Lakeland Park, Florence Cummings Park, Paca Street Park, ABC/Catherine Street Park, Franklin Square Park, Carroll Park Playground Area, and Solo Gibbs Park. Join us...all you need to bring is your imagination!
Elevating Teachers through Professional Development WorkshopsTeacherPD

Each month, Art with a Heart has professional development workshops for its teaching and administrative staff. On June 22nd, Art with a Heart worked with RAMAPO for Children who conducted a day-long workshop focused on innovative classroom management techniques and trauma-informed care. It was a day of insight, exploration and education.
Coming Together to Celebrate Creative Community ConversationsCreativeConversations

Mosaic quilts celebrating safe and welcoming communities were installed this month and concluded Art with a Heart's yearlong Creative Conversations workshops with the Baltimore County Police and third grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School and Milbrook Elementary School. Art with a Heart facilitated several conversations and art workshops focusing on strengthening the community between the students and the police. As part of the project, students designed and created individual contributions to the large-scale installations. The final mosaics were assembled into three quilt-like panels and installed at Milbrook Elementary School, Krieger Schechter Day School, and the Baltimore County Police Station located in Pikesville, MD.

Hot Off The Presses: Tools For Any TradeChildArt

Art with a Heart's Workforce Development Program, HeARTworks, was highligted in the latest issue of ChildArt Magazine. Check out the article here.
Lots of LOVE returning to House of RuthHouseofRuth

One of Art with a Heart's oldest collaborative partners, House of Ruth, resumed classes this month and we could not be more excited! Students learned about artist Jim Dine, born June 16th, and created unique versions of his iconic hearts. 

An Artful Energy ShiftMeditation

Art with a Heart teachers at Margaret Brent Elementary Middle i mplemented a yoga and meditation practice at the beginning of their daily art classes . The teachers found this effort helped the students slow down, stay focused and calm during the art-making process. 

Fishies and Lizards and Art, Oh My!fish

June 26th, Art with a Heart kicked off summer classes at 25 Recreation Centers throughout Baltimore City! Students at Oliver Rec Center had a great time creating Foil Fish inspired by Mexican Metal Tooling art. Did you know that the smallest fish is the size of a pinky fingernail?? Students at Morrell Park enjoyed learning about and creating colorful lizards. Students were in awe of the largest lizard, a Komodo dragon, which can grow up to 10 feet long.
Movin' and Groovin' with Mobile Art!ArtInThePark2

Be on the look out for the  Art in the Park  van. It may be in a park near you until September 2nd!

Making new friends + visual art = SUMMER FUN!
From THIS to THAT...thanks to our friends at Mt. Washington Pediatric HospitalMWPH

Art with a Heart collaborated with Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital to transform their outdoor courtyard into this inspiring underwater scene. Starting in March, Art with a Heart led patients, their families and community volunteers in mosaicking three, seven foot dolphins and seven turtles. Art with a Heart is grateful for the continued partnership with Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and for the important work they do to help children heal and grow. 

Self-Portraits Fit for a Sister CircleSisterCircle

On June 22 nd Art with a Heart partnered with Baltimore Healthy Start to engage women from My Sister Circle Group in a fun and colorful self-portrait project. Participants learned about the artist Brianna McCarthy, reflected on their own positive and unique qualities, and brought those qualities to life with paint and collage. 

PNC Women Connect to Preschoolers Through ArtHeadStartProject

Through the generosity of PNC's Grow Up Great Program, Art with a Heart worked with PNC Women Connect members and PNC PREP members to create this vibrant mosaic for the YMCA Campfield Head Start Program.  This mosaic symbolizes hope that the Preschool students soar to new heights. 

Thanks for Your Help this Month! ThankYou Thanks

A rt with a Heart gratefully acknow ledges the wonderful volunteers and service groups who dedicated their time and talent this month:  BMore Engaged, Women's Rabbinic Network, Middle school students from the Park School of Baltimore, PNC Women Connect and PNC Prep, and Jewish Women's Renaissance Project
HeARTworkers Get Started for Life SummerHeARTworks

In June,  HeARTworks , Art with a Heart's workforce program, started its summer cohorts. Partners this summer include: Youth Empowered Society , Youth Opportunity Baltimore Eastside , Thread , Bridges Mentoring Program , YouthWorks , Faith Presbyterian Church , TurnAround , and Maryland Promise . The creativity and energy of the youth are inspiring!  A BIG thank you to Ikea for their generous donation of supplies and furniture! 

Mar k your c alendars and save the date for Art with a Heart's annual SHOP & BOP on Friday, August 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm! Come celebrate the HeARTworks youth while enjoying food trucks, vendors, drinks, and great music! As an added bonus, Katie Better  will "chalk it up" with her fantastic chalk murals, and she's inviting guests to join in the fun!
Art of Leadership
Leaders Learn the Art of StorytellingLeadersStorytelling

For the June session, Art of Leadership students once again stepped out of their comfort zone. Kate Weinberg, an Art of Leadership Advisory Board Member and educator, led a session on storytelling and public speaking. After a few icebreakers and a period of reflection, each student practiced public speaking skills by sharing his/her story. With leadership as a theme, some stories were serious, some funny; each one was unique. A big thank you to Kate who made this session memorable, educational and fun!