August 2017
In This Issue:

Art to Soothe the Soul: Partnership Brings Art Programming to Veterans VetsArt

Art with a Heart, in partnership with The Perry Point Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has launched a six-week pilot art program for inpatient veterans. The classes, with sponsorship from Vet Arts Connect, an initiative of T he Institute for Integrative Health, include pre and post testing to assess the program's impact on participants' perceived stress and attitude towards art. The pilot program's goal is to gather data to substantiate access and opportunities to the arts for veterans  outside of the VA Center.
Joe Squared Multiplies the Benefit for Art with a Heart PizzaHappyHour

Join us on Thursday, November 16th from 4:00pm-7:30pm for a Happy Hour at   Joe Squared  benefitting Art with a Heart. Joe Squared will also be creating a specialty Art with a Heart pizza that will be available the entire month of November. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this speciality pizza will be donated to the organization. We hope to see you on November 16th at Joe Squared, 33 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Impressionists: Starting An Art [with a Heart] Movement Impressionists

Art with a Heart's newest movement, Impressionists, got off to a great start this summer! Launching with a happy hour in HeARTwares, Impressionists are young professionals engaging in community service, professional development and networking. Through creative social activism, the group is dedicated to supporting Art with a Heart in its mission to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art. If you are interested in learning more or joining the Impressionists, please email Yolanda Jenkins at
B-More History with The Be. Organization! TheBe

Students in Art with a Heart classes at The Be. Organization learned about the history of Baltimore's rowhomes and painted screens. Inspired by this aspect of Baltimore history and the boldly colored canvases of Fauvist artists, students then had a great time painting their own bright and imaginative screens.

I've Got Spirit,Yes I Do! I've Got Spirit and My Buildings Do Too!SpiritedHouses

Students in Art with a Heart classes at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital learned about artist, James Rizzi and his unique cityscapes that capture a world's worth of personality. Students captured plenty of personality in their buildings through the use of watercolor resist painting techniques.
Peace Be With You, Peace Camp! PeaceCamp

During the final week of Art with a Heart's classes at St. Francis Academy Peace Camp, students learned about the d ynamic abolitionist and women's rights activist,  Sojourner Truth. Students then had a great time creating their own postage stamp of this determined and inspiring Peace Hero.
Metepec Moons and Hopes for a Bright Future MetepecMoons

Art with a Heart students in the Johns Hopkins CentroSOL summer program, Teen Testimonios, learned about the ceramic sun and moon masks made in Metepec, Mexico. After a period of reflection, students created paper maché sun and moon masks representing memories of their past and hopes for the future.

So Many Superheroes at Camp Open Arms! CampOpenArms

Each summer, the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, in collaboration with University of Maryland Department of Orthopaedics and Dr. Joshua Abzug, provide children with limb challenges the chance to fully participate in summer camp at Camp Open Arms. Art with a Heart is thrilled to be an annual addition to the camp activities. Art with a Heart engaged campers in a discussion about superheroes and superpowers and then had students create their very own superheroes with recycled water bottles and rigid wrap. Each camper wrote their preferred superpower on a strip of paper that was embedded in the water bottle.
POWERful Community CollaborationPOWERHouse

Art with a Heart had a great time working with 70 children from the  Perkins Homes community to beautify the lobby of the POWER House, operated by the Living Classrooms Foundation. The 14'x20' mixed media mural will include individual birdhouses created by each child and ceramic leaves created by hundreds of volunteers. Thank you to Legg Mason for their generous support of this project. Stay tuned for pictures from the final installation.

Thank you!ThankYou

Art with a Heart is grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who dedicated their time and talent to the organization during the month of August: B-More EngagedBelair- Edison Neighborhoods, Inc., Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School through Business Volunteers Maryland, ConstellationGemilut Hasadim,  Legg Mason Human Resources Leadership Team, T. Rowe Price U.S. Intermediaries, and Towson University's Project Serve
HeARTworkers Created Beautiful Inventory While Developing Workforce Skills HeARTworksCreations

The 70 students in HeARTworks, Art with a Heart's workforce development program, had a very creative, educational and productive summer. Students from Youth Empowered Society, Youth Opportunity Baltimore Eastside, Woodbourne Heights at Faith Church, TurnAround at The Children's Home, Maryland PROMISE, Bridges, Mentor Maryland, Thread, and YouthWorks created an unprecedented amount of marketable art for display and sale in HeARTwares! With fruit-themed mosaic lazy susans, antiqued birdhouses and funky fish sculptures, there is something for everyone! 

Visitors Shopped & Bopped and the Smiles on Students' Faces Couldn't be Stopped ShopandBop

Shop and Bop just keeps getting bigger and better! Over 250 attendees enjoyed the fabulous sounds of Patrick and the Swayzees while shopping in HeARTwares for one-of-a-kind handmade art products by students in
Art with a Heart's summer HeARTworks program. A record 125 items were sold in four hours! One participant said seeing her artwork sell made her "feel like dancing on the moon!" Thank you to everyone who made this year's event a huge success!

Art of Leadership
With Graduation Next Month, Art of Leadership 2017 is Finishing BIG!AOL2ndCohort

For the last two weeks, the leaders of the 2017 cohort have spent their afternoons working with middle school students from  Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School (LMCJ) to  complete  a large-scale flower mosaic and a "Habits of Mind" sign. When completed and installed, this project will truly be unique and awe-inspiring.

The 2017 cohort also visited Outward Bound Baltimore/Chesapeake Bay. Students were challenged to step outside their comfort zones and learned the importance of communication and teamwork.

Meanwhile, the 2018 Art of Leadership Cohort is Just Getting StartedAOL2018Cohort

On August 13, 2017, the third cohort of the Art of Leadership program got started. The new cohort consists of 22  tenth  and  eleventh-grade  students from nine public and nine independent schools from around the Baltimore region. Students got to know one another through interactive icebreakers and creating community art pieces. The second half of the session was dedicated to listening to Chris Wilson share his impactful and inspiring life story. Of Chris Wilson's presentation, one of the students said, " Chris Wilson was incredible. Not only was he willing to share his story but to speak about it objectively and teach us the importance of learning from our mistakes was something I won't soon forget."