February 2016
In This Issue:

Meet the New Members of the Art with a Heart Team! new

We are pleased to introduce two new members of the Art with a Heart team, Yolanda Jenkins and Cory Anderson.  Yolanda Jenkins is the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Morgan State University and a M.A. in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Prior to joining AWAH, she was the Provider Relations Manager for a substance abuse company where she was responsible for managing a nationwide network of over 1,500 substance abuse professionals. Since 2009, Yolanda has been a volunteer mentor for young women in Baltimore.  She currently resides in Harford County with her husband, Anthony, 2 year old son, Bryce and two cats.

Cory Anderson joins the Art with a Heart team as the Director of Leadership and Engagement. He comes to us from the United Way where he ran the City's Combined Charity Campaign and worked on professional development programming for Emerging Leaders United.  Cory has a wealth of experience and is passionate about leadership and mentoring programs. He has a B.B.A. in International Business and M.A. in Educational Leadership. Cory is married to Kia, lives in west Baltimore and is expecting their first child very soon.   
A Friend's Journey in Support of Art with a Heart!journey

Follow one of Art with a Heart's most dedicated supporters, Scott McGill, as he participates in Tour Aotearoa 2016 benefitting the Art of Leadership Program! Tour Aotearoa is a 3, 000 km bike ride spanning the length of in New Zealand. This ride will take between 15-30 days to complete.  "Everyone attempting the Tour Aotearora is required to donate to a charity of their choice, as well as offset their carbon footprint for travelling to and from New Zealand for the ride. I selected Art with a Heart, and specifically their Leadership Program, as my charity because I have seen first hand how they change lives in Baltimore City." -Scott  

We could not be more grateful for Scott's friendship and generosity.  For more information on Scott's journey, or to make a donation, visit:   http://www.ecotoneinc.com/tour-aotearoa-2016.html.

Art with a Heart students in third grade at Cecil Elementary School learned about artist, Paul Cezanne and created these gorgeous watercolor apple still life paintings inspired by his work.   
Lakeland Elementary/Middle School Young Explorerslakeland
Art with a Heart students at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School have been busy in their after school Young Explorers program. Third and fourth graders learned about the effects of blending colors, as well as the relationship between scent and memory with these colorful and fragrant flowers in celebration of Valentine's Day. Also during the month, students did a bit of space exploration with fun and experimental scratch art.
Farring-Baybrook Recreation Center Artists Continue to Flourishbaybrook
The artists in Art with a Heart's classes at Farring-Baybook Recreation Center continue to amaze and inspire us! These developmentally challenged adults created fantastical and vibrant paper sculptures which are now prominently displayed at the Recreation Center's entrance.  
February is a great month to learn about artist, Jim Dine and students in Art with a Heart classes at Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School did just that! After observing Jim Dine's artwork and technique, the girls used oil pastels to create their own Jim Dine inspired hearts.    
Art with a Heart and BGE Collaborate on a Year-Long Mosaic Project!bge

In honor of BGE's 200th anniversary, the company, in collaboration with Art with a Heart, will cement its commitment to the community with some lasting gifts-100 to be exact! Art with a Heart students and volunteers along with BGE employee resource groups will create 100 flower-shaped mosaics and "plant" them at locations across the region. On February 18th, Exelon's African American Resource Alliance group, along with students from ACCE Academy , kicked off the project at Art with a Heart. Three news stations were there to capture the event. You can see the news footage at the following links: WBAL , WBFF , WJZ and you can watch them mosaics "blossom" on BGE200.com.  One BGE volunteer said, " There is a great sense of teamwork and collaboration when bringing a piece of art to life!"


Art with a Heart thanks the many wonderful volunteer groups who shared their time and talent with us during the month of February:   Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Family Mitzvah Corps,  BBYO International Convention (volunteers from all over the world), B-more EngagedHoward Community CollegeMothers for OthersSouth Orange New Jersey USY Youth Group, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton ParishIn February, Art with a Heart engaged over 200 volunteers...we are so grateful for the support!


On February 21st, Art of Leadership students visited the American Visionary Art Museum and were fortunate to have the Founder, Director and Principal Curator, Rebecca Hoffberger share her insightful and inspiring stories while giving the students a tour of the Museum and current exhibit, The Big Hope Show. Students left this meaningful visit having learned of the many social justice issues of the artists exhibited in
the Museum and of the value and importance of visionary leadership. One student said, "Everyone has creative potential and utilizing this potential is necessary to be a leader who carries out projects which inspire the next generation of leaders." 

Be a Part of Hampden's Neighborhood Lights for Light City Baltimore!animation
If you have any interest in animation, here is your chance to learn about the magic that happens between the frames! Join us for an open studio workshop on March 4th between 6:00pm and 8:00pm at HeARTwares, lead by Hampden artist-in-residence Diana Reichenbach. Diana will focus on breaking down the "how to's" of animation and will explore animating all kinds of objects, from sticky notes to people! The animations created at this workshop will be projected on storefronts on The Avenue in Hampden for Light City Baltimore from Sunday, March 28th to Saturday, April 3rd

For more information, please contact Christina Ralls  at christina@artwithaheart.net  or check out Art with a Heart's Facebook event: 
American Craft Council Show with b.Willowacc

Art with a Heart participated in b.Willow's "Let's Make!" booth at the American Craft Council Show, the largest showcase of handmade items in the country. Show attendees were invited to decoupage beautiful pressed flowers onto framing scraps to create unique hook racks for the home or office. Art with a Heart's Career Academy intern, Khatya, made the product sample with b.Willow before the Show. Come and see these beautiful new products at HeARTwares!

Students from Youth Empowered Society, The Choice Program, City Neighbors Charter High School, ACCE Academy, Baltimore Lab School, and The GreenMount School, and college interns from Stevenson University, Johns Hopkins University and Towson University collaborated to create stunning mandala sun-catchers with repurposed CDs, glass paint, string and beads. You can find these beautiful sun-catchers shining in HeARTwares' windows!