April 2017
In This Issue:

Support Art with a Heart at Cafe Hon, Friday, May 5th!CafeHon

Whether you are celebrating First Friday or Cinco de Mayo or BOTH, join us at Cafe Hon on Friday, May 5th from 5-7pm to support Art with a Heart! Job program student artwork will be for sale while Cafe Hon serves complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. A percentage from the drink sales will be donated to Art with a Heart! Cafe Hon is located at 1002 W 36th St. Baltimore, MD 21211. Hope to see you there!
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast VAB

On April 28th, Art with a Heart had its annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who have shared their time and talent with Art with a Heart over the last year. It is because of these dedicated individuals that has been able to serve more of our vulnerable neighbors, create more public art pieces and beautify more Baltimore communities. 


Art with a Heart continues its collaboration with Project Bridge , a g raduate student association at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Henderson Hopkins Elementary School. Through this after school program, Art with a Heart is creatively bridging the gap between science and art. This month, the STEAM-focused curriculum had third and fourth graders learning about the brain and connected nerve cells. Students drew silhouettes from observation then created colorful brain cells with marbles and paint.  

Learning from the Lorax!Lorax

In honor of Earth Day and in partnership with Arts Everyday, Art with a Heart joyfully engaged first grade students at Edgewood Elementary School in creating recycled Lorax figures. The lesson included a discussion about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle for a cleaner planet AND to make cool art projects! In the words of the Lorax, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."   

Watch them Van GO!VanGo

Pre-kindergarten students in Art with a Heart classes at Heritage Early Learning Center enjoyed painting masterpieces and getting in touch with their inner Van Gogh. Shape, color, and texture were explored by these pint-sized painters. All the projects to are intended to strengthen and improve their fine motor skills. And it is working...take a look at how confidently they are holding their paint brushes.    

Sumi-e Painting SculpturesSumi-e

Students in Art with a Heart classes at Glenmount Elementary/Middle School explored the ancient art of Sumi-e painting. The lesson included traditional brush stroke techniques which students used to create water-based compositions. After the paintings dried, students rolled their paintings to create abstract sculptures exhibiting balance, contrast, and precision. 
Constructing Community at Baltimore StationBaltimoreStation

Participants in Art with a Heart's weekly classes at The Baltimore Station have eagerly been working on a large tree sculpture inspired by Japanese Wish Trees. From design to construction, the men have worked to build the tree using cement tubing, paper maché and corrugated cardboard. The next step is the creation of the branch canopy that will be filled with wishes and goals on paper and ribbon leaves. Stay tuned for more pictures as this creative undertaking continues to develop.

A New Wall for New Hope AcademyNewHope

Through the support of the Principal Support Fund operated by the Fund for Educational Excellence, Art with a Heart worked with students from New Hope Academy (School 345) to complete this inspiring 9'x16' painted and mosaic mural. Students participated in every part of the process: design, painting, hand cutting mirror, mosaicking and grouting. The project was truly an inspiring team effort.
A Mosaic for Mosaic Community ServicesMosaicCommunityServices
Art with a Heart worked with clients and staff of Mosaic Community Services to create this beautiful 6'x4' community mosaic which was unveiled this month in the lobby of their Charles Street facility. Clients and staff attended the ceremony and their pride in seeing the completed installation was heartwarming.
Creative Conversations About Safe and Inclusive Communities CreativeConvos
Continuing the initiative started in November, third-grade students from Krieger Schechter Day School and Milbrook Elementary School along with Baltimore County Police from Precinct 4 enjoyed a third gathering together this time at Art with a Heart. Each student continued working on his/her mosaic square inspired by the ongoing theme of safe and inclusive communities and the values most important to them. The individual mosaic squares will be assembled into three quilt-like panels which will be installed at each of the two schools and the Pikesville police station.

T hanks for Your Help this Month! ThankYou Thanks

Art with a Heart gratefully acknow ledges the wonderful volunteers and service groups who dedicated their time and talent this month:  B-More Engaged, Bridges, Rebuild Johnston Square, AOL Premium Ad Experiences, USAID Ukraine Delegation , Towson University, The Park School of Baltimore,  JVC VolunTeam School's Out, Pitch In!, PNC Women Connect, BGE, and Calvert School.

HeARTworks Students Spring into GraduationHeARTworks

Art with a Heart is so very proud of the Spring 2017 cohort of HeARTworks, its Workforce Development Program! These hard working young adults from  Youth Empowered Society (YES) and  Star Track learned job skills and gained the tools to transform their lives. On April 14th, Art with a Heart celebrated their success in a touching and emotional graduation ceremony. One of the participants, Ashley Knofski, exclaimed, "Who would have thought that six weeks could change... everything!" 
Dragonflies, Bird Houses and Mother's Day, Oh My!HeARTwares

Spring is here, and so are new products at HeARTwares! In celebration of Earth Day, many new items feature up-cycled materials, like dragonfly garden sculptures made form repurposed fan blades and spindles. Come to HeARTwares to see all the new products and to shop for a meaningful Mother's Day gift!

Art of Leadership
The Art of a Leadership CommunityArtofLeadership

The Art of Leadership had a meaningful and inspiring spring retreat at NorthBay! Students started the retreat with a fun scavenger hunt and then got down to business with a thoughtful conversation on wealth and power. During the retreat,  students were tasked with developing solutions to some of the issues in Baltimore.  The retreat was capped off with an evening bonfire and the cohort coming together even more as a community.