April 2016
In This Issue:

Why We Love Our Work!love

An evaluation from a nine year old in a community service workshop:
"This was a great once in a lifetime experience. I had a lot of fun. I've done one before but I think this one was more fun. It was kind of complicated but I know that I did my best. Congrats BGE for your 200 year anniversary. Thanks for coming here, I appreciate it!!!!!!!!"

W omen and children in Art with a Heart classes at the House of Ruth  learned about the Mona Lisa in honor of Leonardo Da Vinci's April birthday. Art with a Heart teachers challenged the participants to see the historic figure in a new and colorful way by creating their own Mona Lisa's portrait in the style of artist, Roy Lichtenstein.

Second grade students at Federal Hill Preparatory School enthusiastically engaged in an Art with a Heart workshop sponsored by Arts Every Day. The students worked in teams to create mixed media models representing the different landforms and bodies of water found on earth. From archipelagos to volcanoes, these topography models had it all!    

Painting Portraits at Baltimore StationBaltimoreStation

The men at The Baltimore Station  recently spent an Art with a Heart class exploring painting and portraiture. Participants thoroughly enjoyed being creative and learning different painting techniques. 

Keeping Up with KIPP AcademyKIPP

Art with a Heart is thrilled to be working with seventh graders at   KIPP Baltimore . In a recent lesson, students enjoyed a meditative art process on repetition, composition, form and space and were tasked with filling large sheets of paper in a cohesive manner.
GBMC Community Mosaic Installation GBMC

Art with a Heart partnered with the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) to create this stunning triptych community mosaic to commemorate the hospital's  50 years  of providing high quality care to the greater Baltimore community.  Over 700 volunteers including hospital staff, administration, patients, friends and volunteers from the broader Baltimore community worked on this beautiful project which now adorns the main entrance of the Hospital.
Teach for America's ROOTS!TeachforAmerica

Art with a Heart facilitated a fun and colorful art project during Teach For America's ROOTS (Realizing Our Own Talent) Summit for children in kindergarten through fifth  grade. Each participant learned about visionary art and created a self-portrait using new and recycled objects (and lots and lots of glue).
BGE at Cecil Elementary SchoolCecil

Art with a Heart continues its year-long mosaic project with BGE in honor of its 200th Anniversary. This month, Art with a Heart partnered with BGE's Network of Exelon Women. Students at Cecil Elementary School worked with the group on several of the 100 mosaic flowers which when completed will be installed in 100 schools throughout Maryland. 
Thank you!Thanks

Art with a Heart gratefully acknowledg es the wonderful service groups who volunteered their time, talent and energy this month: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Family Mitzvah CorpsBGE
Pictured Above: Members from B-More Engaged and Her Women Magazine help to grout a mosaic.
Pictured Below: Fulbright Scholars enjoyed a day of service with Art with a Heart. 
Art of Leadership
A Retreat Fit for LeadersLeaders

Students in Art with a Heart's Art of Leadership Program attended their first group retreat this month.  Students shared stories, worked to identify their leadership values, and discussed issues facing the Baltimore community. In addition to the work, students had  plenty of time for fun and enjoyed a ropes course, kayaking and making s'mores during an evening bonfire. It was clear by the end of the weekend that the leaders had grown personally and as a community. 
The Value of CollaborationJob

Students in Art with a Heart's spring job program are learning the value of collaboration with many sessions focused on community service. Participants from Youth Empowered Society (YES) have enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside individuals from BGE, Erickson Living, City Neighbors High School, Bigs and Littles and Transamerica.  Through this process, job program students are engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds. One of the YES students shared, "When I am at HeARTwares, I jump out of my shell!"
Gallagher Services Create New Store Items for Spring!GallagherServices

Individuals from Gallagher Services have been busy this spring and have enjoyed working with 
Art with a Heart volunteers and interns! This month, participants made beautiful, mosaic heart necklaces and fun ceramic magnets...perfect gifts for Mother's Day or an upcoming graduation!
Meaningful Gifts for Mother's Day at HeARTwaresMothersDay

Mother's Day is May 8th!  Stop in HeARTwares to purchase a meaningful, one-of-a-kind handmade art piece. Choose from various jewelry, housewares, garden ornaments, or even an art party gift certificate! You can also make a donation to Art with a Heart in honor of someone special. To make a donation, please visit www.artwithaheart.net

HeARTwares is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm to 
6:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Spring into Giving itemsGiving

Support Art with a Heart every time you shop. Choose Art with a Heart as your designated charity and each time you shop, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to us! Bookmark the link  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2227996  and support us every time you shop.

Also, keep Art with a Heart in mind as your charity of choice for Mother's Day, graduations, weddings and other milestone events.  Make a tribute gift to the organization by calling 410-366-8886 or emailing info@artwithaheart.net