April 2023
Art with a Heart Celebrates Earth Day in the Community!
Art with a Heart partnered with the Ravens, Constellation Energy, M&T Bank, Greenmount West Community Center, and From Baltimore with Love to facilitate Earth Day activities in the Greenmount West Community. Volunteers participated in beautification and clean up projects at the Greenmount West Community Center and Hidden Harvest Farm, while others worked at Paul Povlock Memorial Park on mosaic stepping stones, signage for the farm and various other art projects. A fantastic group effort for a great cause!
Volunteer Appreciation Day with CJ Gross
On April 20th, Volunteer Appreciation Day, Art with a Heart was thrilled to welcome author, TedX Speaker, and founder of Ascension Worldwide, CJ Gross to discuss his book What's YOUR Zip Code Story? Members of the organization's vibrant volunteer community listened to, and enjoyed an active question and answer session with CJ about the themes of his book, followed by a happy hour and networking. What's Your Zip Code Story? helps clarify the intersection of class bias and racial disparity in the workplace and arms organizations with the knowledge to not only have productive discussions, but also adopt effective solutions.
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Join Us for Paint and Plant!
Join Art with a Heart for a special Mother's Day Paint, Plant and Take Event on Saturday, May 6th from 11am to 2pm! Create a decorative terra cotta pot through a guided painting workshop. While the masterpieces dry, a box lunch will be served. After lunch, we'll seal the pots and plant them with a spring flower of your choice! Boom! Shopping done and ready for Mother's Day on May 14th. Space limited to 30 people!! Register here to reserve your seat! Cost: $45
Art with a Heart students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities found joy in their art classes this month. Whether they were painting, drawing, or sculpting, students were able to explore their creativity and let their imaginations run wild. Some of the youngest learners practiced fine motor skills with a weaving project while older students explored creating paper sculptures. Residents at the House of Ruth learned about artist Paul Klee and painted with watercolors on sheet music. The talented artists in the Baltimore Autism Society class repurposed vinyl records to create mandala paintings. Other Art with a Heart students welcomed spring by sculpting insects and painting spring flowers.
Special Projects
This month, Art with a Heart's Special Project team installed a mural at Federal Hill Prep made completely of painted CDs and DVDs! As part of their Earth Day programming, students up-cycled over 924 CDs and painted miniature works of art on each disc. The mural is arranged in cool and warm colors and features a heart, representing the community's affection and respect for the natural world.

Across town, students at City Neighbors Charter School started work on a mural that will also celebrate the earth and encourage environmental stewardship. Students in grades 5 and 8 are painting insects, animals, fish, and other aquatic life local to Maryland to adorn the mural.
Community Service and Public Art
This month the Community Service and Public Art team was excited to complete the installation of the Severn Intergenerational Center mosaic. The abstract, flowing piece represents the nearby Severn Run, and is connected by over 1,000 individually created ceramic thumbprints that were collected during multiple workshops and included the help from the Boys and Girls Club of Anne Arundel County, the Severn Library, O'Malley Senior Center and the Arc of Central Chesapeake!

Also in April, Art with a Heart kicked off a community art project at Teach for America's 30th Anniversary Celebration. The inspiring, multimedia project visually represents responses to the prompt "One day, all children..."

And there is more! Art with a Heart launched a mixed media mural with the Beth El Congregation community. Nearly 200 children and their families were the first artists to lend their talent to this project.
New to HeARTwares this spring - graffiti inspired umbrellas designed by HeARTworks students at Claremont School . So FUN!! Also, new ceramic products created by both Claremont and Baer School students will be displayed and sold. Both new products make perfect gifts for any occasion!

The sense of accomplishment that comes from creating something new and unique is incomparable, and these HeARTworks students are relishing in this feeling as they continue to develop their artistic skills.
Art of Leadership
Art of Leadership students returned to North Bay for an exciting spring retreat! The leaders enjoyed a high ropes course, giant swing, karaoke, games and challenges focused on community building. The students began brainstorming for their Capstone Public Art Project, a multi-media piece to be installed at the Baltimore Convention Center! Created in collaboration with Art with a Heart's Community Service and Public Art team, the capstone project will celebrate the University of Maryland Medical Center and Convention Center staff who developed and managed the field hospital during the pandemic.
Thank You Volunteers!
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