February 2019
In This Issue:


NEWS
Art with a Heart Program Directors Present Arts Integration Conference   AEMS

University of Maryland Baltimore County's Department of Education and Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance sponsored the  13 th Annual Arts Integration Conference -  Community Arts:  Connecting Neighborhoods and Classrooms. At this conference, Art with a Heart's Program Directors presented a lesson to educators on techniques to integrate the elements of art with core subjects like science, reading, math and social studies. Teachers examined  food chains and created x-ray paintings in the style of Canadian artist, Norval Morrisseau.  
Game Day at Art with a Heart!GameDay

City Neighbors High School and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School students are having a great time at Art with a Heart learning the Digital Harbor Foundation's Maker Foundations curriculum. In February, using their newfound graphic design and programming skills, students made their own playable computer games. The future is here and these students are embracing it as the innovators of tomorrow! 

A Reflection of Community for the New Ronald McDonald House  RMDH

55 mosaic mirrors = 1500 lbs of glass, tile and mirror, 660 pieces of hardware, 350 square feet of backer-board, and 160 square feet of mosaic. Creating 55 of these colorful mosaic mirrors for the residential spaces of the new Ronald McDonald House was a true labor of love and collaboration. Youth in Art with a Heart's workforce development program, apprentices, interns, service groups, and hundreds of volunteers all helped make this project a reality and we are grateful for their abundant time and dedication.

We are the Champions...My Friend!Champions

Art with a Heart teachers at  Harford Heights Elementary School were honored to be named, Champion Teachers of the Month and are shown below as they were presented with the "Champion Belt."  Art with a Heart is grateful for the continued enthusiasm, dedication and hard work of our very own gold medalists!  

PROGRAMMING
Black History Month Collaborative Art FormsBHM

For Black History Month, students in Art with a Heart's 6th grade class at James McHenry Elementary/Middle School created tributes to  renowned African American artists  Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kehinde Wiley. Students explored the use of line, color, shape and texture to create collaborative portraits of these influential artists.
  
Art with a Heart 5th grade students at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School used grid pattern design to create collaborative portraits of influential African American heroes including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson.
Showcasing our Young Artists!YoungArtists

In collaboration with  After School Program, INC. , Art with a Heart worked with kindergarten students in  William Paca Elementary's after-school program. These budding artists delighted in sharing their creations with the school community. Students showcased everything from their line drawings, watercolor birds, mixed media snowmen paintings and ceramic portraits!  
Making Magic at Hampden Family CenterHampdenFamilyCenter

Students in Art with a Heart's after-school program at Hampden Family Center took their painting skills to the next level by practicing watercolor resist techniques. Students had a great time imagining these magical birds and learning the skills necessary to draw, outline, create texture and pattern and then paint with liquid watercolors. 
Pre-K PottersPreKPotters

Art with a Heart pre-K artists at Harford Heights Elementary used their tiny thumbs and pointer fingers to pinch, pull, and press a clay ball into a pinch pot!  Once these early learners finished exploring the texture and feel of the clay, the students enthusiastically mixed primary colors and created secondary colors to decorate their pots.   
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND PUBLIC ART
Everyone Matters at Chase BrextonChaseBrexton

Art with a Heart launched an exciting mosaic project with the Chase Brexton community. With two workshops this month, Chase Brexton staff and Patient Advisory Council members began the process of creating the colorful mosaic letters spelling,"YOU MATTER."  When complete, each letter will be a beautiful gradient and will incorporate a variety or iridescent and mirrored glass. Stay tuned for pictures of the completed project.

Thank you! ThankYou

Art with a Heart is grateful for the time and talent of the following volunteers during the month of February: B-More Engaged, Chizuk Amuno's Gemilut Hasadim, Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute Office of External Relations, and Operation Mitzvah Mission from Beth Israel Congregation and Har Sinai Congregation
   
ART OF LEADERSHIP 
A Day of Learning with the Baltimore Police DepartmentPoliceAOL

This month, Art of Leadership students had an impactful experience visiting the Baltimore City Police Department Headquarters. Students interacted with members of the SWAT Team, K9 Unit, Crime Lab and even got to meet with the new Police Commissioner! The debrief from the session included a discussion about accountability and integrity, and what these qualities mean for ourselves and for our institutions. 
  
 
Recruiting for Year Five! AOLApplication

The application for the 2019-2020 cohort of the Art of Leadership is now open! Do you know a current 9th or 10th grade student interested in joining a diverse group of peers to explore issues in the Baltimore community, engage in dialogues across cultural barriers, and enhance their civic participation? If so, please have them apply to the Art of Leadership program. The application can be found  here. Applications are due Friday, March 15th. If you are interested in having Art with a Heart come to your school to present more information about this transformative program, contact Summer Claypoole at  summer@artwithaheart.net or 410-366-8886.   

HEARTWARES 
An Honored Tradition - Congrats to Class #79!Class79

As Art with a Heart continues to program with the participants in Christopher Place Employment Academy, each cohort creates a unique mosaic guestbook to unveil at their capstone ceremony. Class #79 incorporated wonderful words of wisdom in their mosaic, such as: "keep moving," "be more kind," and "take one day at a time." It is an honor to work with each group and help them artistically memorialize their programming experience.