October 2018
In This Issue:

A Warm Welcome to Nakia Brown!Ali

We are thrilled to welcome Nakia Brown as the newest member of the Art with a Heart team. Nakia joins Program Directors, Danyett Tucker and Megan Fortman as a Program Coordinator. A former foster care youth, Nakia brings a wealth of experience to her new role: teaching artist, communications/public relations, event producer, and writer/poet. Nakia has performed her work throughout the United States and has published at numerous media outlets including VICE, Afro-American newspaper, and others. She enjoys researching history, reading sci-fi/fantasy, and loves films by Ousmane Sembene and Med Hondo. 
Baltimore Homecoming with Art with a Heart's own Hometown Hero!Homecoming

We are so proud of  Executive Director, Randi Pupkin,  one of the 10 Homecoming Heroes recognized at the Baltimore Homecoming events on October 3rd through the 5th. During the opening  reception at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Art with a Heart staff had a great time engaging guests in the creation of  Baltimore-themed mosaics.  Stay tuned for the pictures of the finished art featuring classic Baltimore row homes
Create for Cause,  Impressionists Style Impressionists
Hazelwood Students Become Intuitive ArtistsHazelwood

Seventh grade students in Art with a Heart classes at Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School created t hese intuitive pastel paintings using unexpected materials (string) to draw. Students dipped white string in a mixture of glue and water, and then laid it onto black paper without trying to control how the lines look. Students then filled the spaces created by their string drawings with colorful oil pastels. These budding artist learned the difference between intuitive art versus planned art and blending oil pastels. Students enjoyed inspiration from abstract artists, Jean Arp and Umberto Boccioni.

 Whooooooooo Made Awesome Owls?Owls

Art with a Heart students at Hampden Family Center made awesome owls! During their after-school program, students in 1st through 5th grade used recycled newspaper and construction paper to create these textured owl portraits. By tearing the papers instead of cutting, these owls have fluffy feathers for the cold weather!
Throwing Shade for HalloweenShadyHalloween

Clients in Art with a Heart classes at Mosaic Community Services learned about value and shading as tools to enhance their drawing skills. They used their new found skills in their artwork using oil pastels and celebrating fall and Halloween. Using blended colors, the resulting artwork is dynamic and colorful!
Second Graders Learn to Loom and WeaveMaryERodman

Most youngsters have never seen a loom in action let alone know how to spin or weave. Second grade students in Art with a Heart classes at Mary E. Rodman Elementary/Middle School learned how to make paper plate looms and were then instructed on how to weave on them. Students were excited to see their beautiful designs evolving. Weaving is excellent for building fine motor skills and is chock full of math connections like measuring and pattern-making which can be therapeutic and joyful for tactile learners.  
A Mosaic Fit for a Community GardenMiltonMonkford
Art with a Heart is working 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. 
The League for People with DisabilitiesTheLeague
Art with a Heart enjoyed working with clients and staff of  The League for People with Disabilities along with community volunteers to create this vibrant mosaic for the lobby of their building. 

Art with a Heart is grateful for the time and talent of the following volunteers during the month of October: Black Student Union from Towson University, Exelon, Jemicy School, T. Rowe Price, Towson Tiger Lillies service group from Towson University, and Travelers.
HeARTworks Youth Fall into Creativity HeARTworks

On October 8th, the fall session of HeARTworks, Art with a Heart's Workforce Development program, began with an enthusiastic and talented group from Youth Empowered Society. The youth have been working on very special mirrors for installation in the new Ronald McDonald House along with a variety of holiday products. Mark your calendars for December 2nd from 4pm to 7pm when we will celebrate our students, light the Art with a Heart signage and sell the wonderful art pieces created by this inspiring group of students.

JDRF's (Type 1 Diabetes Research Foundation) Maryland Chapter has partnered with Art with a Heart for its fifth year to make art for their annual gala! JDRF Youth Ambassadors created dazzling mosaic vases using gold, silver, and black glass. The unique pieces will be auctioned at their fundraiser on November 2nd. Art with a Heart is grateful for this continued and meaningful partnership!
Leaders Learn to See Disability DifferentlyAOL

Students in Art with a Heart's, Art of Leadership program had an inspiring and impactful visit to the National Federation of the Blind. Students were guided by incredible educators and volunteers who are blind teachers of the blind. Students continued to bond as they contemplated ability/disability and elevated their understanding of the diverse ways people of all abilities can "live the life they want." 
Ashauna_ Caroline_ Harrison_ Becca_ Ayo_ and Reese give thumbs up for braille as their braille teacher preps Harrison_s braille writer  
Super concentration faces as Ms. Laura_ Andy_ Cam_ and Jack cut veggies for the salad