January 2016
In This Issue:

introIntroducing Art with a Heart's New Board President

We are pleased to announce that Alyson Friedman has been elected President of the Art with a Heart Board of Directors. While a Board member for the last five years, Alyson has been actively involved with th e organization over its 15 year history. 

Alyson is a wife, mother and long-time community volunteer.  Born and bred in Baltimore, she deeply cares about the City and all those who live here. Coupled with her passion, Alyson brings tremendous leadership experience to Art with a Heart. Presently, she serves on the Board of Directors of The ASSOCIATED; is an inaugural member of the Jewish Women's Giving Foundation, including Past-President; is immediate Past-President of CHANA Baltimore and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Executive Board of Associated Women, the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership and the National Women's Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Federations of North America. She also volunteers with groups and institutions including Israel Bonds, Garrison Forest School, and Jewish Women International.

Alyson's hands-on style will afford her the opportunity to get to know many of you... whether you are a teacher, assistant, volunteer, friend and/or student. We are excited and grateful as Alyson continues the work of her predecessor, Alton Knight, to ensure the organization's continued growth and success. 
taskArt with a Heart Job Program Students Become AmeriCorps VISTA Impact Taskforce Members!
We are extraordinarily proud of Shakira, Matheno, and Jasmen, three Art with a Heart participants from Youth Empowered Society who completed the Summer Job Program and elevated themselves to serving others through AmeriCorps VISTA placements at Strong City Baltimore.
Shakira (first row, 3rd from left), Matheno (third row, 2nd from left) and Jasmen (fifth row, 4th from left on the end)

In one of their weekly Art with a Heart classes, residents of The Baltimore Station  enjoyed learning about artist, Paul Cezanne whose birthday was January 19th. The Art with a Heart teacher created a still life setting for the men to observe and paint in the style of famous Post-Impressionist painter. The men thoroughly enjoyed the class and the uniqueness of their finished paintings is extraordinary.  
abundanceArt in Abundance at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School
Art with a Heart students at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School have been busy getting their art on! Fifth graders explored the art of West Africa and created colorful masks with a concentration in contrast, line, shape, pattern, space and balance. Other fifth graders in Art with a Heart classes created paper maché Alebrijes, brightly colored Oaxacan-Mexico folk art sculptures. Meanwhile, Art with a Heart kindergartners had fun with wax-resist "Penguin Landscapes," a great prelude to Baltimore's blizzard. 
colorColor and Creativity at Farring-Baybrook Recreation Center
Art with a Heart is excited about its new partnership with Baltimore City Recreation and Park's Therapeutic Recreation Division at Farring-Baybook Recreation Center.  Twice a week, Art with a Heart brings its innovative and engaging visual art curriculum to the wonderful men and women in the therapeutic recreation program. This month, participants painted sheets of canvas which will be stretched and transformed into large panels and exhibited in the Center.
beautifulBeautiful and Proud at Penn-North Recovery Center

Women living and receiving treatment at Penn-North Recovery Center enjoyed painting self-portraits inspired by Brianna McCarthy, a self-taught contemporary artist whose work examines issues of beauty and stereotypes. As part of the Art with a Heart lesson, the women were asked to identify and highlight the features they were particularly proud of. The creative process allowed the women to build their self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. 

vdayWe are "Totes in Love with Baltimore" this Valentine's Day!

HeARTwares is now taking orders for its annual Valentine's Day keepsakes,  "Totes in Love with Baltimore!"  We wanted to share our  love  for both coloring and Baltimore City. Each  tote  bag is imprinted with a design created by one of our HeARThelpers (middle and high school aged volunteers) to be colored with the included fabric markers. Chocolate kisses are also included, because what Valentine's Day gift is complete without candy?

For only $15 each, this fun and unique keepsake makes a great gift for family, friends, and co-workers. Sale proceeds help subsidize Art with a Heart's direct programming costs.  Limited supply! Make your purchase online below, in store or by contacting  Christina at  christina@artwithaheart.net
"Totes in Love with Baltimore" Valentine's Day Keepsake:
The Art with a Heart 2016 desk calendar, filled with vibrant student artwork, is now on sale at HeARTwares for just $10Stop by HeARTwares Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday, from 12 to 6 pm, and Sunday, from 12 to 5 pm, to purchase a calendar. 
Looking for some creative and cheerful new decor? Painted by Art with a Heart students and volunteers and embellished with handmade, painted colorful leather flowers, these shoes will certainly brighten any space in your home or office.
libraryMore Libraries... More Library Mosaics!

In January, Art with a Heart installed Baltimore Library Project mosaics in Westport Academy Elementary/Middle School and Commodore John Rogers Elementary/Middle School. Art with a Heart engaged over 550 students, staff, administrators to complete the mosaics. In the picture below, kindergartners from Westport Academy admire their work!
mountMount Washington Pediatric Hospital Mural


Art with a Heart teacher and talented muralist, Edward Williams created this beautiful Maryland themed mural to transform the Child Life/Therapeutic Rehabilitation hallway at the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Thank you to the Lare Family, for their generously supporting this project.  The "find and seek" mural creates a peaceful and inviting environment and will be used by rehabilitation therapists as a tool to engage and dialogue with children during their recovery process.

Art with a Heart thanks the many wonderful volunteer groups who shared their time and talent with us during the month of January: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Family Mitzvah CorpsChizuk Amuno's Gemilut Hasadim members, Friends School Garrison Forest School, the Kramer family and Reading Partners AmeriCorps members. One volunteer said, "I feel amazing after my time at Art with a Heart!"

Applications for the 2016/2017 Art of Leadership cohort are now being accepted! The application is linked  here and is due by February 26, 2016.
The Art of Leadership program brings together youth of diverse backgrounds to develop leadership skills and engage in dialogue across cultural barriers. Over the course of fifteen months, 10th and 11th grade public and private school students participate in monthly sessions. Each session focuses on a leadership competency, skill and a key issue facing the Baltimore community. Topics include public education, health care, the arts, crime, poverty, and the racial divide in Baltimore. Through guest speakers and experiential opportunities, students are exposed to community challenges and develop fresh perspectives on how to address them.   The capstone leadership experience will be the creation of a community art project created by the teen leaders to be donated to a Baltimore-based organization.
If you know a student who is a candidate for this program, please encourage them to visit Art with a Heart's website at www.artwithaheart.net for more information.