August 2018
In This Issue:

A New Leader of Leaders: Presenting Laura Menyuk and the 2018-2019 CohortLaura

Art with a Heart is pleased to welcome Laura Menyuk as its new Director of Leadership and Engagement. Laura has been facilitating outdoor and community service programs around the country for the last 10 years. On August 26th, Laura began her Art of Leadership journey with the fourth cohort of young leaders. Students enthusiastically participated in activities to get to know each other, shared a bit about themselves, discussed leadership and expectations and enjoyed an inspiring keynote speaker, Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields. It was a great first session and we look forward to growing and learning with this phenomenal group of students.

Can't Buy Me Love...But You Bought A Lot of ART! NonShopNBop

Thank you to those who joined us on August 10th for an evening celebrating the graduates of the HeARTworks program, wonderful art, delicious food by Zeffert and Gold and great music by the Mahoney Brothers. The students sold over 100 handmade art pieces in just two hours! As part of Art with a Heart's community commitment, sale proceeds are shared with our partner organizations.
Lights, Camera...Save the DateSaveTheDate
Create for a Cause with the Impressionists CreateForACause

Create for a Cause is back! On Saturday, September 15th at 1pm join the Impressionists, Art with a Heart's young professionals group, to create your very own mosaic trivet. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). No experience necessa ry. Space is limited, get your ticket today! For more information about joining the Impressionists, con t act Yolanda Jenkins at

Moravia Park's Graffiti Alley Shines!Moravia

In partnership with the SummerREADS program, Art with a Heart facilitated a culminating art activity where students, parents and families gathered at Moravia Park Elementary School's library and created a community mural inspired by Baltimore's very own graffiti alley. Participants enjoyed the hands-on, spontaneous and creative project. When assembled together, the completed four panels were a beautiful representation of the vibrant and colorful school community.

A Piece of Our CityOurCity

Art with a Heart, in partnership with Johns Hopkins' CentroSOL summer program, Teen Testimonios, worked with middle and high school students to create unique and personal ceramic tiles for a community art installation. Students enjoyed the opportunity to put a piece of themselves into an artistic representation of Baltimore City

Morrell Park's Vibrant Summer Reads Program MPSummerReads

Students in Art with a Heart classes in the SummerREADS  program at Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School were introduced to the book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat . Students then created 10 x 10 abstract self portraits inspired by Basquiat's  "graffiti style." Students used words, symbols, spontaneous lines, doodles, and layers of bright colors splattered against the background to communicate thoughts and feelings. 

HeART in the ParkHeartInThePark

Community residents from Lakeland Park, Reedbird Park, Florence Cummings Park, Solo Gibbs Park, Paca St. Park and Carroll Park created mandala stones as a final project in Art with a Heart's mobile Art in the Park initiative. Participants used paint markers to engage in the sacred and meditative practice of mandala making. Each student painted two stones, taking one for a keepsake and leaving the other behind to spread love throughout their community. 
Tiki Masks, Volcanos, and Hawaii: Aloha from Camp Open Arms!CampOpenArms

Art with a Heart had a great time facilitating campers at  Camp Open Arms  in  Hawaiian themed art projects  including tiki masks and exploding volcanoes!
Reflecting on a Beautiful Baltimore BCF

In August, team members from  Baltimore Community Foundation's Development and Donor Services group enjoyed a creative afternoon at Art with a Heart. Prompted with the question, "What does Baltimore mean to you?" team members created mixed media collages using words, maps, images and mosaicked a shape of Baltimore. The final pieces were framed for display in their home or office.
Piece by Piece, League Members Mosaic New SignageTheLeague

Art with a Heart was an eager participant in the League for People with Disabilities' Art Day and enjoyed working with participants to create a colorful mosaic for installation in the their lobby.

Art with a Heart is grateful for the time and talent of the following volunteers during the month of August: 
HeARTworks Graduates Move into the Workforce! HeARTworks

Art with a Heart had a record number of students this summer in its workforce development program,  HeARTworks with 97 youth completing the program! Many of the youth have acquired jobs with companies like Amazon, IT'SUGAR Inner HarborDelaware North Co., Maryland Management Company, Cookies by Design, and more. 

Adventures Abound at Outward BoundAOLOutwardBound

Students in the third cohort of the Art of Leadership spent a beautiful day at Outward Bound. Students engaged in a variety of team building activities and honed their leadership styles. Everyone was  challenged to step outside of their comfort zone while relying heavily on communication and critical thinking skills. 

Leaders Create and Learn with the East Baltimore Safe Streets CommunityAOLPublicArt

During the month of August, Art of Leadership students started their capstone public art project. Working in collaboration with Alex Long and youth from the East Baltimore Safe Streets community, the group is creating a tree of life mural in an effort to honor the life and memory of those in the community who have become victims of violence. Stay tuned to see the progression of this meaningful project.