May 2019
In This Issue:

Hope has a New Address and a Giant Mosaic!RMDH

Art with a Heart is grateful to have played a part (with the help of hundreds of volunteers) in bringing color and joy to the new Ronald McDonald House. In addition to the 200 sq. ft. mosaic, Art with a Heart also designed and facilitated the completion of a painted mural on the exterior of the building and 55 mosaic mirrors for the each of the bathrooms in the new house. This project is a wonderful example of community collaboration at its best!

Art with a Heart's  HeARTworks students were feeling successful and proud at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Youth Homelessness Symposium in Annapolis. Students not only displayed and sold their creations but also facilitated an interactive activity with guests during the event. The youth were excited to be a part of the conference and were empowered by the many attendees admiring and purchasing their work. 
Randi Pupkin is a Charm City Dreamer!Dreamer

Executive Director, Randi Pupkin was recently interviewed for the Charm City Dreamers Podcast. Listen to Randi tell her story of starting Art with a Heart from the trunk of her car, leaving her law practice and working to provide equitable access to visual art throughout Baltimore City. Randi was honored to be included in the podcast with so many other leaders dedicated to improving the Baltimore community. Listen to the podcast here and subscribe to Charm City Dreamers !
HeARTworks Students Spring into the WorkforceSpringWorkforce

In May, participants from Youth Empowered Society completed eight weeks of the HeARTworks program (an increase from six weeks in prior sessions).  Students in this cohort were consistent, engaged and enthusiastic about their new found skills.  Upon graduation, the youth who entered the program homeless were successfully housed. All the graduates are either enrolled in Youth Opportunity's GED Program as the next step in their employment pathway or have secured jobs at Camden Yards, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and even Art with a Heart! 
Create for a Cause at Art with a Heart!CreateForACause

Join Art with a Heart on June 27th from 7pm to 9pm to create a unique piece of garden art to take home. No previous experience necessary! Materials are from The Loading Dock and workshop proceeds will support them along with Art with a Heart. Fee of $40 includes all materials and instruction.
Space is limited, so register today!!

The Sea is Coming to Life at Art with a HeartSeaLife

As part of the ongoing renovation of Baltimore's historic Enoch Pratt Free Library,  Art with a Heart is creating a large-scale mosaic mural for the new Children's Library. When installed, the 17'x13' mural will have been completed by hundreds of community members including, Enoch Pratt patrons, staff, and Board members as well as diverse groups of Art with a Heart volunteers including, students, staff and community members.
Little Hands...Big Help!LittleHands

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of  the Goldsmith Early Childhood Center, Art with a Heart is working with students, alumni, families, faculty and friends in the creation of a lion cub mosaic. Art with a Heart spent a morning engaging pre-schoolers in the creation of clay flowers that will be incorporated in the mosaic.

Maryland Family Network's Artful  AnniversaryMFN

Art with a Heart is partnering with Maryland Family Network to create a 170 sq. foot mural in commemoration of the organization's 10th anniversary. This month, 54 staff members came together at Art with a Heart to paint sections of the mural. The design reflects the joy of parenthood and celebrates families and diversity. The mural is painted on parachute cloth and will be installed directly to the wall later this summer. Stay tuned for photos 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 May: The Agora Companies, Blue Leadership Collaborative, Exelon IT, Gemilut HasadimRW Baird, Something Good, and T. Rowe Price. 

Muppet ManiaMuppet

Students in 3rd through 5th grade in Art with a Heart's after-school program at Cherry Hill Elementary School spent a week learning about and creating Jim Henson styled hand-rod puppets. Students had a great time customizing their puppet's facial features and clothes. Once complete, the students utilized their unique puppets to dialogue  about character traits like respect, responsibility, honesty, trust, fairness, perseverance, self-discipline, courage and citizenship. The puppets were used as part of a final performance on character and values at the culmination of Elev8 after-school program. 
History and Art Connect to Create Japanese Cherry Blossom LanternsHazelwood

Art with a Heart students in the 7th grade at   Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School enjoyed learning about the historical significance of cherry blossom trees in Japan and America. Taking what they learned from the history lesson, students began the art making process. Using watercolors, students created the rich sky by alternating blue and violet colors and then used black paint to create tree trunks. Students were excited to blow through straws to make tree branches that mimic the Japanese sumi-e ink paintings. Adding cherry blossoms or "sakura" with tempera paint was the final step before students folded the paintings to make lanterns. Connecting to world cultures through process driven art making has made a lasting impact on these budding artists. 

Learning Perspective Outside the Bubble!MaryERodman

After learning how to draw themselves catching bubbles from a bird's eye view, elementary students in Art with a Heart classes at  Mary E. Rodman Elementary School added dimension to their drawings by blowing bubbles on the page with a soap and paint mixture. Popping bubbles has never been so colorful and fun!
A Legacy of Love, Peace and DiversityChevyChase

The 2019 class of 5th grade students at North Chevy Chase Elementary School painted hubcaps for our second annual legacy project at the school. Students incorporated imagery celebrating themes of love, peace and diversity to encourage and uplift the school community. These hubcaps will turn into flowers that will be installed on the walls of the school's outdoor garden space.  

Leaders find Inspiration  in the  Visionary Art MuseumVisionary

This month, Art of Leadership students visited the American Visionary Art Museum and discussed the power of storytelling through visual art. Feeling inspired, the group also designed ideas for their capstone public art project to be created this August! 
Impressionists "Dress" the Present and Design the FutureImpressionists

On April 30th, Impressionists were guided through an evening of self discovery during Life by Design vision boarding. This event also launched the collection of gently used career wear for participants in Art with a Heart's workforce development program, HeARTworks. Thanks to the Impressionists and Art with a Heart volunteers, the career wear drive resulted in the donation of 84 shirts, 51 pants, shorts and skirts, 24 dresses,  28 pairs of shoes and 36 accessories. All of these items were donated to Civic Works YouthBuild Program.