March 2023
Happenings!
A Familiar Face Joins the Art with a Heart Team!
This is one of those wonderful, full-circle stories that we covet at Art with a Heart! This month, Kristina Harlee joined the Art with a Heart team as the HeARTwares Store Manager. Kristina spent three summers interning in the organization's workforce program through an Art with a Heart collaboration with the Bridges Program. We are thrilled to have Kristina's talent, passion, commitment, and energy on the Art with a Heart team.
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Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for our special Mother's Day Paint, Plant and Take Event on Saturday, May 6th from 11am to 2pm! Grab a friend and join us for a fun make-and-take project! Create a decorative terra cotta pot through a guided painting workshop with Art with a Heart's talented staff. While the masterpieces dry, a box lunch will be served. After lunch, we'll seal the pots and plant them with a spring flower of your choice! Boom! Shopping done and ready for Mother's Day on May 14th. Space limited to 30 people!! Register here to reserve your seat! Cost: $45
Programming
For Art with a Heart, the month of March was filled with STEAM projects (adults at Easter Seals enjoyed highlighting movement through art while students at ConneXions School enjoyed lessons using art to reinforce Algebra I concepts in preparation for testing) and many artful celebrations of Women's History Month featuring female artists, Frida Kahlo and Shinique Smith.

The community quilt created by residents at Edenwald in celebration of Black History Month was assembled and is ready for installation for their community members to enjoy.
Special Projects
In March, the Special Projects team completed a mural project at George Washington Carver Vocational-Technical High School, honoring influential Black community members. The portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Lauryn Hill, and Carver alumni, Freddie Gray are featured on a background of the students' blind contour drawings which signify the vast communities that stand behind - and benefit from - the legacy of others. 

Also this month, the Special Projects team facilitated a workshop at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore where Maccabi Game athletes created found-object mosaic Mezuzahs to adorn the halls of the JCC.
Community Service and Public Art
Flowers were "blooming" and bees were buzzing this month! The Community Service and Public Art team installed a mixed media mural in LaBurt Mosher Community Park. The mural brought together community members from the LaBurt Mosher community, clients from the Tuerk House and many Art with a Heart volunteers. A total of 16 individual mosaics were created to complete the flower themed mural, adding a burst of color and whimsy to the community.

Also in March, Art with a Heart participated in Imagination Celebration at Enoch Pratt Library. Once Upon a Book written by Grace Lin and Kate Messner, inspired the Art with a Heart activity with the young artists and their families in creating their own interactive storybooks.
Thank You Volunteers!
HeARTworks/HeARTwares
March is meant for makers, because HeARTwares has been busy with special orders, events, art parties, and more! Volunteers and apprentices are now experts at our signature "quilt mosaic" mirrors. Interested in ordering one? Contact Kristina Harlee at kristina@artwithaheart.net. In the coming weeks, HeARTwares will also have an assortment of new products created by William S. Baer School students including the sensory hearts pictured below.

The HeARTwares team participated in Fox45's 14th Annual B'more Healthy Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center. Interns and apprentices interacted with hundreds of attendees of all ages. A large, collaged canvas will be assembled from the art created at this event and installed at the WBFF studio, the main sponsor of the expo.
Art of Leadership
This month, Art of Leadership students explored art as activism, and how artists hold the power to encourage social change. To connect previous sessions examining racial and social inequities and ableism, students also discussed how promoting inclusivity and accessibility can enrich art experiences.

The group visited the American Visionary Art Museum and was inspired by the self-taught, expressive artists featured there, and to see how, given the opportunity, anyone can create impactful and extraordinary art. 
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