September 2018
In This Issue:

Ali Mirsky Joins the Art with a Heart Team!Ali

We are thrilled to welcome Ali Mirsky as the newest member of the Art with a Heart tea m. Ali joins Jenny Hyle Durkin as the Co-Director of Community Service and Public Art.  For the past two decades, Ali has specialized in the creation of contemporary mosaics for exhibition, private residences and public spaces. Among her many accomplishments, Ali received the Artists Choice Award at the International Society for Mosaic Artists Exhibition in Seattle, Washington. You can see more of Ali's phenomenal work here Ali currently resides in Ashton, Maryland with h er  husband, two child ren and their dog, Maggie.
Congratulations Leaders!AOL

On September 23rd, Art with a Heart honored the commitment and accomplishments of the third cohort of the Art of Leadership program. At the concluding event, the students shared the impact of their discussions and experiences. It was a meaningful afternoon for the students and their families as everyone celebrated the learning and growth of the past year. One of the alumna, Lulu, reflected on her experience working on an art project with youth from the East Baltimore Safe Streets community: "Everyone in the room had different backgrounds and stories, yet we were all brought together through art and were all working towards a common goal. It felt like a rare and precious experience that I needed to hold on to." 

Congratulations Art of Leadership Class of 2018!
Lights, Camera...Save the DateCharmCity
A Few Good  Impressionist  EventsImpressionists

Join the Impressionists for a Networking Happy Hour on October 24th from 6pm to 8pm at the Visionary Arts Museum's Encantada restaurant. Feel free to independently tour the museum (last ticketed entrance is at 5:30pm) then meet us at Encantada for networking and happy hour specials all evening. Space is limited and registration is required.

Create for a Cause is back! On Saturday, November 3rd from 3pm to 5pm make your very own mosaic trivet.  50% of the proceeds will be donated to BARCS Animal Shelter. No experience necessary. Advance registration is required.
Little Artists Create Colorful MonsterrrrrrrrrrsMonsters

Kindergarten students in Art with a Heart classes at Mary E. Rodman Elementary/Middle School practiced drawing different types of lines and cutting out shapes to create funny, friendly monsters. Students had a great time with this project and exploring the fundamental elements of art. 
Cityscapes Pop at Mt. Washington Pediatric HospitalMWPH

Art with a Heart students in the in-patient care unit at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital created vibrant cityscapes  inspired by the work of James Rizzi. The bright colors and personality of the buildings is characteristic of Rizzi's work and the young artists did a great job bringing their buildings to life.
Transition and Transformation: A Beautiful MetamorphosisWHRC

Over the last several months, Art with a Heart worked with clients at the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center (WHRC) along with interns and volunteers, to design and paint over 300 colorful and vibrant butterflies. The transformation of the third floor of WHRC represents the metamorphosis of the men and women who improve their lives through the support, services and programs at WHRC.

Smiles So Big They Can't Be ContainedGlenmount

Fourth grade students in Art with a Heart classes at Glenmount Elementary/Middle School learned about the proportions of the human face while drawing half self portraits. Students started with simple pencil drawings and finished the project with color, adding their names and including symbols and colors to reflect their personalities.  

The Gilded Warrior Walks Her PathWarrior

Art with a Heart, in collaboration with Under Armour and the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center's staff, patients and their  families, and volunteers,  created this meaningful mosaic, The Gilded Warrior, to bring hope to those on the journey to breast health and survivorship. If you look closely at the mosaic installed on the Breast Health Innovation Floor of the Skip Viragh Outpatient Center Building, you will see that the woman in the mosaic was created with sparkling pins and brooches. 

Brown Advisory Fits The Pieces TogetherBrownAdvisory

Art with a Heart worked with staff members from  Brown Advisory to create this 50-piece mosaic puzzle that celebrates teamwork, diversity and inclusion. I nstalled in Brown Advisory's Fells Point office, the project was spearheaded by Brown Advisory's, "A Woman's View" whose mission is to foster a community of trust and knowledge and empower women to make wise financial decisions. 
Quilt Pieces Share Messages of Strength and HopeQuilt

F or the 11th year, Art with a Heart collaborated with The William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund, Inc. to conduct an artSPEAKS! workshop at the Maryland State Sickle Cell Picnic. Attendees of the picnic painted canvas squares creatively expressing what it is like to live with sickle cell disease. Art with a Heart volunteers will construct a community quilt by sewing all the squares together. Stay tuned for photos of the completed project.

Art with a Heart is grateful for the time and talent of the following volunteers during the month of September:   Ellin & Tucker, Maryland State Department of Education, and the volunteers from The 6th Branch's Together We Serve Event:  BGE, Under Armour, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks, CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield, PNC, T. Rowe Price, Transamerica, Legg Mason, Constellation, Comcast, and Amazon
Congrats to Christopher's Place Class #77!ChristophersPlace

Art with a Heart's partnership with Christopher's Place Employment Center, continues with Class #77.  Working with the men in the #77th cohort, Art with a Heart created a permanent mosaic that was unveiled at the program graduation. 
Art with a Heart's Student Artwork Displayed at the Baltimore Museum of Art!BMA

Art with a Heart student artists from Itineris, St. Elizabeth's School, The Arc Baltimore, and  Baltimore Autism Society, contributed artwork to  Disability Rights Maryland's 40th Anniversary Gala at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Pieces included mixed media self portraits, sea urchin sculptures, tissue paper collages, and more.

A Tour of Two Baltimores   TwoBaltimores

In September, the fourth cohort of Art with a Heart's Art of Leadership program had an insightful bus tour of Baltimore with knowledgeable tour guides, Sache Jones and Mia Jones. Students learned the history of many West Baltimore neighborhoods and the role of class, race, industry, and policy in shaping the community landscape. Everyone enjoyed a visit to Restoration Gardens, which provides permanent housing to formerly homeless young adults. It is also home to one of  Art with a Heart's largest public art installations.