July 2016
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Welcome Danyett TuckerDanyettWelcome

Art with a Heart is pleased to introduce its new Program Director, Danyett Tucker. Danyett joins the Art with a Heart team after seven years as a teaching artist. Born and raised in Virginia, she moved to Baltimore 15 years ago. A 2009 graduate of Morgan State University with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Danyett has a passion for community art and has completed several murals in schools across Maryland. As an arts integration advocate, she has extensive training in writing and developing arts curricula that integrates common core concepts. Danyett is a wife and a mother of five children and a dog named DJ. 
Everyone was Shopping and Bopping  ShopNBop

Board and Staff RetreatBoardRetreat

On July 23rd, Art with a Heart's Board of Directors and staff enjoyed an afternoon of meaningful conversation and learning. Art with a Heart's Board is committed to seeking a diverse array of perspectives to better serve the organization and its collaborative communities. 
Benches Beautify City ParksBenchesInParks

Art with a Heart's 15th Anniversary benches continue to be installed in Baltimore City parks. This month, benches were installed in Latrobe Park, Herring Run Park, Patterson Park and the Gwynns Falls Trail. Kini Collins, the artist who created the "bird bench" (bottom), observed this about people she saw sitting on the Patterson Park bench: " Yesterday I saw a young mother reading a book about BIRDS to her kid!"

Art with a Heart 15th Anniversary Bench project includes benches created by (from top to bottom): Julia Calkins, Clare Elliott, Emily Demsky and Kini Collins.
Mayor Visits HeARTwaresMayor

On July 18th, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake along with members of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development visited HeARTwares, Art with a Heart's social enterprise/retail store. The Mayor and her guests met with YouthWorks students in Art with a Heart's Summer Job Program. Two of the YouthWorkers, Darius and Jontae gave the Mayor and Jason Perkins-Cohen a tour of Art with a Heart and HeARTwares while sharing their experiences and explaining the art being created by the students.

Pictured from left to right: Jason Perkins-Cohen, Darius Truesdale, Jontae Wilson and 
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Baltimore Junior Academy BJA

Students in Art with a Heart's summer program at Baltimore Junior Academy enjoyed creating a colorful, large-scale community art piece for the school. The art was inspired by the bright colors and organic shapes seen in the work of American painter Elizabeth Murray.

Dancers Create Beautiful DancersDancers

In addition to dance, campers at Morton Street Dance Center had an added bonus of visual art. After learning about Edgar Degas, campers created their own dancers with movement and style. 
Summer Reads Students Learn the Brush StrokeSummerReads

Students in SummerREADS programs read the book,  How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals by Michael Phelps. With the book as the theme, students created paintings inspired by artist  David Hockney and used a watercolor resist technique to create self-portraits of themselves swimming for gold. These young artists win the gold for their brush stroke! (No word yet on how the dinosaur training is going.)

Mona Lisa Smiles in ColorMonaLisa

Students at Carter G. Woodson Recreation Center learned about the Mona Lisa and artist Leonardo DaVinci. Students then created Mona Lisa paintings on coffee filters with sharpies, markers and water.  Students loved seeing their Mona Lisa creations in technicolor!  

The Stars Were Shining BrightSTARs

On July 20th, Art with a Heart was delighted to participate in the 4th annual  Sister's Together and Reaching (STAR) Block Party on Milton Avenue. Children enjoyed learning how to mosaic and had a great time working on BGE's 200 year flower mosaics for schools in their community.
Putting the Pieces together for Johns Hopkins Hospital's Legal Department JHHLegal

Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation (JHHS) and   Johns Hopkins Medicine Legal Department staff and their families, along with Art with a Heart Job Program students and volunteers continued to piece these beautiful mosaics together during two sessions this month. Stay tuned. The mosaics will be installed in JHHS Legal's new building in August .  
I Spy a Little Guy! LittleGuy

Art with a Heart gratefully acknowledg es the wonderful service groups (and a special tiny guest) who volunteered their time, talent and energy this month: The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation and Johns Hopkins Medicine Legal DepartmentPerry Hall Girl Scout Troop 1044BGE,  Edgewood Boys & Girls Club of Harford County, and the awesome group of interns (pictured below) from over eight different schools that have contributed to over 1,000 volunteer hours.
Art of Leadership
Leaders Create Art for VeteransLeadersServe

Students in Art with a Heart's Art of Leadership Program have been working diligently on their public art project for the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (McVet). Students have been involved in every aspect of the project from the themes (Baltimore, Courage, Patriotism, and Peace), to the design, and creation of the mosaic with residents at McVet.  Using personal objects from the McVet residents along with recycled materials, mirror and tile, the students are creating a lasting piece of art for this worthy facility and a lasting community with each other.

Summer Job Program SummerJobs

On July 29th, Art with a Heart Job Program came to a conclusion. Participants from Youth Empowered Society , Maryland Promise , YouthWorks , TurnAround , Bridges , Thread and the Woodbourne community all had a meaningful and productive job experience. Participants learned soft job skills while making marketable works of art which are now on display and for sale at HeARTwares. In his closing survey, one of the students stated, "I learned that I can do anything if I put my mind to it." And another student commented, "It made me a better person!" Art with a Heart will now work with its community partners to find job placements for these ready and willing workers!

Give the Gift of Art!GiftArt

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