January 2019
In This Issue:

Art with a Heart Executive Director Receives Champion of Courage AwardCourageAward

On January 26th, WBFF Fox45 hosted its 32nd annual Champions of Courage Award event honoring community champions who "keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream alive in the hearts and minds of youth" Randi Pupkin was one of four community members to receive this honor. Randi noted, " It has been said that the difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." Randi continued, "I see this everyday in the team of passionate, dedicated and talented people who I am honored and blessed to work with at Art with a Heart. I may be standing here but I accept this award with immense gratitude for the work they do each and every day."  

Art with a Heart Board Members Enjoy an Evening with D. WatkinsDWatkins

On January 17th, Art with a Heart welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors: Tony Bridges, Laura Kozak and Rashad Staton. These new members bring skills and knowledge that will further enhance the strategic efforts of the organization. At the meeting, the Board also enjoyed a fascinating conversation with D. Watkins about Baltimore, his literary career, and his continued literacy efforts with children and youth.
Valentine's Day In a Box!ValentinesDay

Valentine's Day is around the corner and Art with a Heart students and volunteers have been busy creating fun and unique gifts. Choose from handmade plaster hearts, llamas and/or unicorns presented in one-of-kind wooden boxes decorated with colorful patterns. Each box is different so give one or several...at $18 ($15 for five or more) they make a perfect gift for family, friends and colleagues. Packaging includes a cellophane bag with Hershey Kisses. Contact Christina Ralls at christina@artwithaheart.net or 410-366-8886 to order yours today!

Impressionists Host Coffee and Conversation with Executive DirectorCoffeeWithED

Join the Impressionists on February 19th from 8:00am to  9:00am for coffee and conversation with Art with a Heart's Founder/Executive Director, Randi Pupkin.

In March 2000, after practicing law for 14 years, Randi  founded Art with a Heart. What began as four classes a week, has evolved into over 14,000 interactive visual art classes annually in some of Baltimore's most vulnerable communities. In addition to its core classes, Art with a Heart's efforts include a workforce development program, a leadership program, community service initiatives, large-scale public art projects and a retail/social enterprise store called HeARTwares, located in Hampden. Start your day with  Randi while enjoying coffee, juice and light refreshments. Space is limited, register today!
Water Under the BridgeWaterUnderTheBridge

First grade students in Art with a Heart classes at  Furman L.Templeton Elementary School took an in-depth look at artist, Claude Monet's work. Using visual cues, the lesson allowed these budding artists to imagine being inside a Monet painting and walking through his gardens. When they returned from their garden walk, the students used  Monet's work as inspiration to use cool colors to paint water. As an added bonus, students conducted a science experiment by adding salt to the watercolor and observing the reaction it created on their paintings.
Graduating in (Kimmy Cantrell) StyleKimmyCantrel

Over the last eight weeks, men in Art with a Heart classes at the Christopher's Place Employment Academy have been enthusiastically engaged in visual art classes as part of their concluding work in their workforce development and recovery program. Using colored paper, cardboard and glue, these men enjoyed creating self-portrait masks inspired by the abstract portraits of Kimmy Cantrell.

Emotions on Full DisplayWoodhome

From birth our brains are hard-wired to recognize and read faces. Art with a Heart students at Woodhome Elementary/Middle School learned how to transfer an image from one surface to another in order to make a spontaneous monoprint. Deep within the lines, shapes and colors of each monoprint, a face full of emotion is revealed.    

Where the Wild Things ArtWildThings

Art with a Heart is having a great time planning and facilitating animal themed visual art classes at Penguin Coast at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Recently, Art with a Heart participants learned about the intricate paintings of Henri Rousseau and created painted canvases featuring paper mosaic elephants, layers of paper foliage and printed leaves.  You can learn more about upcoming workshops and projects  here . Ticket sales include a beverage, all materials, and up-close photo opportunities with a zoo animal ambassador. Proceeds of these programs support the Maryland Zoo and Art with a Heart!  

The 15th Weinberg Library Project Community Mosaic is Underway!LibraryProject

In January, Art with a Heart continued its partnership with  The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation's Baltimore Library Project by engaging students at  James McHenry Elementary/Middle School in the creation of a beautiful, fun and inspirational mosaic for their new, multi-media library. In addition to the students, Art with a Heart is working with staff, administrators, friends and families of the school to help complete this permanent mosaic for the library. 

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Leaders Behold the Charm of  Charm City CharmCity

For the January session, Art of Leadership students enjoyed a special screening of the documentary Charm CityThis intimate and eye-opening film, "delivers a candid portrait of citizens, police, community advocates, and government officials on the frontlines during three years of unparalleled, escalating violence in Baltimore. The film highlights the positive actions undertaken by groups and individuals, optimistically offering humanity as common ground." The Leaders were thrilled to discuss these issues with several of the change makers featured in the film: Clayton Guyton (Mr. C) leader of the Rose Street Community Center; Officer Eric Winston, Southern District Police Department, and Walker Gladden, community speaker and activist. 

Recruiting for Year Five! AOLApplication

The application for the 2019-2020 cohort of the Art of Leadership is now open! Do you know a current 9th or 10th grade student interested in joining a diverse group of peers to explore issues in the Baltimore community, engage in dialogues across cultural barriers, and enhance their civic participation? If so, please have them apply to the Art of Leadership program. The application can be found  here. Applications are due Friday, March 15th. If you are interested in having Art with a Heart come to your school to present more information about this transformative program, contact Summer Claypoole at  summer@artwithaheart.net or 410-366-8886.   

And there are MORE Valentine's Day Gifts! VDayGifts

In addition to the llamas, hearts and unicorns shown above,   HeARTworks students from Youth Empowered Society, City Neighbors High School, and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School along with volunteers from Itineris and  St. Peter's Adult Learning Center have created one-of-a-kind Valentine's Day products including  jewelry, mosaic decor, string art, and ceramic planters. There is a meaningful and special gift for everyone. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and weekends by appointment.
HeARTwares Post-Holiday SALE!Sale

Still need a 2019 desk calendar? Have you been eyeing one of the special mosaic portraits? Now is your chance! Calendars, portraits, and some select jewelry are on sale. Don't miss your chance while these items are still in stock! HeARTwares is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and weekends by appointment.