Art with a Heart Settles Into Its New Home
WOW! Just wow! It has been four weeks since Art with a Heart moved into its new, larger space. It did not take long for the organization to find its groove. With programming restarting after the first of the year and service projects commencing on January 15th, Art with a Heart is back at it! The organization has
engaged over 160 volunteers in just 16 days
(see the Community Service block below for the groups who have volunteered with us this month) and on
January 23rd, the programming team comfortably conducted an intern orientation for 17 interns (12 from Towson, four from Stevenson, and one from UMBC). We are looking forward to working with another 32 service learning students (yes, 32!) who will join the team in the next month. The service learning students represent 10 different schools and programs including,
St. Peter's Adult Day Center, SEED School of Maryland, City Neighbors Charter School,
The Choice Program at UMBC, NPower,
The GreenMount School,
Baltimore Lab School,
Mosaic Community Services, and
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
All of us at Art with a Heart are feeling the positive effects of the additional space with more efficient program preparation, more volunteer support, and more opportunities for greater community engagement. This is a new launching point for Art with a Heart and we look forward to an even greater and more impactful presence in the Baltimore community. Feel free to stop in anytime and please, s
ave the date for our Open House, Sunday, April 8th from 2:00pm-4:30pm.
Please note, if you need space for your next meeting, retreat, event or conference, Art with a Heart can accommodate you. For more information, contact Yolanda Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 410-366-8886.
Art with a Heart's New Deputy Director
da Jenkins has been promoted to the position of Deputy Director. Jenkins will work collaboratively with the Executive Director on management and oversight of all branches of the organization, while building and maintaining strategic partnerships. Jenkins is also solely responsible for the growth and development of the junior board, The Impressionists.
Jenkins brings 1
4 years of management
experience to her new role, along with eight years of proficiency in the nonprofit sector. J
enkins has Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Morgan State University and a Masters degree in Nonprofit
Management from Notre Dame of Maryland. She recently
completed the Associated Black Charities Bo
ard Pipeline Program, currently volunteers as a mentor in Morgan State University's Alumni
Mentoring Program, and sits on the event planning committee for t
Annual Walk for Hope hosted by Elijah's Hope Foundation, Inc.
Randi Pupkin Cohosts MPT's ArtWorks Program with Rhea Feikin
It all started in the Green Room at Maryland Public Television where Art with a Heart's Executive Director, Randi Pupkin was schooled in the art of the Teleprompter and cohosting
by Rhea Feikin, a long-time TV personalty in Maryland. For Pupkin, the experience of cohosting Artworks was educational and inspiring. To watch the January 19th episode of ArtWorks click
and to view the December 28th program, click
The Key to Our Hearts: Escape Key Offers a Discount & Support for Art with a Heart!
ted to try the escape room challenges?
Here is a chance to try it out while supporting
a Heart. During the
month of February, use the code ARTHEART10 and get
10% off the total reservation price (Baltimore location only
). In addition to the discount,
Baltimore is donating an additional 10% to Art with a Heart! Reservations can be made immediately, but the code will only be valid for the month of February 2018.
Glam Penguins Bring Sparkle to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Patients at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital were excited to mark Penguin Awareness Day by creating works of art celebrating the majestic flightless birds. Each student practiced using simple
shapes to create the body of their penguins and then got imaginative with decorative paper, yarn, and sequins!
Art with a Heart is grateful to Dr. Chase/Learning Pathways Foundation for its generous support of Art with a Heart's visual art programs.
Bowties for Everyone! Kidzstuff Classes Create Quilt Depicting Freedom Patterns
Pre-Kindergarten students in Art with a Heart classes at
worked together to create a collaborative "
" exploring pattern, shape and color. These curious three- and four-year-olds examined triangular patterns similar to those used to communicate secret messages to slaves during the underground railroad. The "bowtie" pattern pictured below was a crowd favorite.
|COMMUNITY SERVICE AND PUBLIC ART
Morning Star Baptist Church Soars to New Heights
Over the last few months, Art with a Heart worked with congregants of
Morning Star Baptist Church (MSBC)
and hundreds community volunteers to create this magnificent 9'x9' stained glass mosaic. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped to bring this beautiful project to fruition.
Art with a Heart Hosts
s for Second Annual Day of Service
For a second year, in collaboration with the
World Trade Center Institute
, Art with a Heart engaged a delegation from the Ukraine in a meaningful service project. The group enthusiastically helped Art with a Heart prime hubcaps for an upcoming beautification project. Next week, Art with a Heart will work with an entire fifth grade to transform these hubcaps into painted flowers to create a permanent outdoor garden.
Art of Leadership Explores Issues of Inequality and Race
The Art of Leadership focused on the topic of inequality for the January session. During the first half of the evening,
students had an opportunity to connect the dots after reading D. Watkins' book The Cook Up. D. Watkins allowed students to guide the conversation by immediately opening the floor for questions. There was a wide range of topics covered, from updates on his friends in the book, to what aspiring writers should do to get published.
After hearing from D. Watkins, students participated in FACTUALITY, a dynamic game used to facilitate
dialogue about the intersection of
race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, faith, and class. Students were asked to select a character most opposite of their identity. As students played, FACTUALITY creator Natalie Gillard provided statistics that opened students' eyes to the current and historical inequalities which have helped shape our community.
One student noted, "It's important to be able to put yourself into others' shoes and attempt to truly understand what people are going through. We as a society tend to jump to conclusions about others."
Ain't No Party like a Party in HeARTwares
Consider scheduling an art party in
and have your guests enjoy a creative afternoon or evening. HeARTwares has always been an inspiring, creative art place and even more so now in our new location. Projects range between $35-55 per person depending on medium and materials. Email Christina Ralls at
or call 410-366-8886 for more information.