February 2015
In This Issue:


It is hard to believe that in a couple of days, Art with a Heart will be 15 years old. As the founder of Art with a Heart, I am forever grateful to those who have educated me, inspired me, and supported my efforts over the last 15 years. Every kind gesture, every word of support, and every honest criticism have helped to elevate the organization. 


I affectionately acknowledge the incredible, dedicated individuals who, from the very beginning, believed in my vision and were willing to do whatever they could to help me see this dream become a reality. And what a reality it has become: 10,000 annual art classes, a social enterprise/retail store, HeARTwares, a job program, community services initiatives, large public art projects, and now a leadership program! While some of the faces may have changed, I am still constantly surrounded by the most dedicated, talented, and determined individuals who work everyday to nurture this reality.


15 years ago, I incorporated Art with a Heart from the desk of my law office. All around me were folders and time sheets; the walls were gray and the folders were beige. Now, I sit at my desk and, while there are still folders, there is so much more... there is color... lots and lots of color! And even more than that, there is an energy of goodness, a spirit of community, and there is hope.


With gratitude,



Check out Art with a Heart's Facebook page on Monday to learn how you can get artsy with us for our 15th!
The Art of Leadership  leadership


Art with a Heart continues to receive applications for the Art of Leadership program. This new Art with a Heart initiative will introduce and/or reinforce leadership competencies that will provide students with skills to better solve community problems and enhance their civic participation. If you know a rising 10th or 11th grade student who is a candidate for this program, please encourage them to apply. The application can be found at  www.artwithaheart.net  and at the link below.

The application deadline is March 13, 2015.

A Community of Support  supplies

Art with a Heart is eternally grateful for the continued, generous support of the Baltimore community. In the last month, in addition to the abundant individual donations, both the Walters Art Museum Teen Arts Council  and The Baltimore Chapter of the National Association of Catered Events  ( NACE) collected new and gently used art supplies for AWAH programs. We truly appreciate the kindness and generosity. 
Dayspring Programs  dayspring


In February, Art with a Heart began programming with the women residing at Dayspring Programs, Inc. A woman in the class exclaimed, "I don't want to stop [doing art]!" The Art with a Heart teacher was so moved by the experience, she said, "They actually did more for me tonight, I think, than I did for them! I was smiling all the way home!" 

The women at Dayspring Programs loved creating mandalas, describing it as a soothing, meditative art experience. 
Protection through Art cecilcecil

Third grade students in Art with a Heart classes at  Cecil Elementary School learned about hamsas, a Middle Eastern sign of protection and peace. Students enjoyed creating their own hamsas using vibrant colors and intricate designs with themes of power, strength, and beauty. 

Power... strength... beauty!
A Creative Collaboration baltbaltstation

Art with a Heart facilitated a collaborative project with residents of  The Baltimore Station and members of Beth Ahabah, a youth group from Virginia. This multi-generational art workshop brought together diverse individuals who enjoyed insightful conversation and creative self-expression.

Residents of The Baltimore Station and members of Beth Ahabah created mixed media self-portraits that will be installed in a quilt like fashion in The Baltimore Station.

Krieger Schechter Day School's Learning Festival ksdsksds

Carrying on a long tradition, Art with a Heart once again facilitated a project with  Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) students for their annual Learning Festival. Incorporating KSDS's theme of "Discovering the Treasures of Hispaniola and the Caribbean," Art with a Heart taught students about the Haitian Carnival, a two-week long celebration leading up to Mardi Gras. Students then created imaginative and expressive paper mache animal masks.
I spy an elephant! KSDS students had a great time learning about the Haitian Carnival and making outrageously creative animal masks!
Barclay and Calvert Street Park Mosaics parkpark

February kicked off more Art with a Heart mosaic projects! In collaboration with the  Greater Homewood Community Corporation, Art with a Heart is engaging Homewood community members in the creation of two, 3x5 foot mosaic welcome signs for Calvert Street Park and Barclay Park. When asked how the experience made her feel, a ten-year-old girl said, "I feel like the best queen in the universe!"

Members of the Homewood community are creating two mosaics to beautify Calvert Street Park and Barclay Park, as depicted in the designs. 
February's Service Groups febfeb

Thank you to the talented volunteers from  Boys Hope Girls HopeGarrison Forest SchoolThe Park School of Baltimore, and the National Residence Hall Honorary at  Stevenson University for their hard work and heartfelt service to Art with a Heart during the month of February.

Upcoming Creative Day Out Workshops workshwksh

Creative Day Out workshops are $40 per person, which includes light fare, instruction, and supplies. No experience necessary!

Fabric Collages with Diane Getty - March 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Old photographs, small items, colorful paper, and bits of fabric can take on a new life when transformed into art. Join us for an afternoon of paper weaving, collages, and quilting. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of family papers and photographs, maps, books, and small items to incorporate. Register  here .

A few samples of Diane Getty's fabric art.
Mosaic Stepping Stones with Christina Ralls - April 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Welcome spring to your home! Decorate your garden or yard with a beautiful, 12"x12" mosaic stepping stone. Create your own design, or choose from several Art with a Heart templates. Register  here .

The possibilities are endless when designing a mosaic stepping stone!
Art with a Heart's Teacher's Corner tctc

The Teacher's Corner is a monthly art exhibit in HeARTwares showcasing the artwork of Art with a Heart teachers and assistants.

Steven Riddle  is the featured artist during the month of March. Steven is a treasured Art with a Heart teacher, inspiring students throughout the past three years at  Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School Waverly Elementary/Middle School Advocates for Success Rita Church Recreation Center Board of Child Care , and  Grove Park Elementary/Middle School .

Steven's collaged cyanotype pieces will be displayed and sold at HeARTwares, with upcoming exhibitions at BravinLee programs (New York City) and Stevenson University. 

Featured Items itemsitems

Are you ready for spring... shopping? Stop in HeARTwares to purchase a one-of-a-kind gift or houseware item. 

  • Decorative garden stones are not only functional, they are fun! 
  • Common kitchen items are repurposed into beautiful beaded wind chimes. 
  • Bright, colorful piggy banks are a creative way to save your coins. 

HeARTwares is open Monday-Friday (10:00 am - 6:00 pm), Saturday (12:00 - 6:00 pm), and Sunday (12:00 - 5:00 pm).