January 2018
In This Issue:

Art with a Heart Settles Into Its New HomeAWAH

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,  Itineris St. Peter's Adult Day CenterSEED School of MarylandCity Neighbors Charter School The Choice Program at UMBCNPower 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.

We are grateful for the support of the Art with a Heart Board of Directors, Susannah Siger of Ma Petite Shoe for her talent and creativity in merchandizing HeARTwares, Angel Fischer for her endless design contributions. David Jacques and Jesse Hopper of Partner Contracting and Chad Shapiro of Sterling Sound and Vision for plugging everything in and making it work!

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 yolanda@artwithaheart.net or call her at 410-366-8886.
Art with a Heart's New Deputy DirectorDeputy

Yolan 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 he 4 th Annual Walk for Hope hosted by Elijah's Hope Foundation, Inc.

Randi Pupkin Cohosts MPT's ArtWorks Program with Rhea FeikinMPT

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 protocols  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  here  and to view the December 28th program, click  here .
Student Tribute to Emmett Till Exhibited at Great Blacks in Wax MuseumEmmettTill

Three fifth grade students in Art with a Heart's class at Harford Heights Elementary School created 18"x24" portraits of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. The students spent hours outside of regular class time working on their masterpieces and produced works of art that they are incredibly proud of. 

On January 20th, the portraits were exhibited at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum for an event with Deborah Watts, the cofounder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and cousin of Emmett Till. The students met with Watts and shared with her the inspiration for their work. The students spoke about the injustice of Emmett Till's death as well as the strength of his mother, who chose to share her tragedy with the world. 

Principal Emma Rice said, "I am immensely proud of my students for the amount of effort, passion, craft, and care they put into their work, and I was touched to see their art be uplifted and celebrated by the community." 
The Key to Our Hearts: Escape Key Offers a Discount & Support for Arwith a Heart! EscapeKey

Ever wan ted to try the escape room challenges?  Here is a chance to try it out while supporting  Art with  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, Escape Key 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 HospitalMWPH

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 geometric  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.
Dali-Inspired Leggy Elephants Spotted at the House of RuthHOR

Women and children at the House of Ruth learned about famous Surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. Aside from his well-known and wacky mustache, Dali's artwork features dream-like scenes and fantastic interpretations of reality. Students in Art with a Heart's class painted whimsical, long-legged elephants against colorful backgrounds using permanent markers and watercolor techniques.

Greek Vase Drawings Capture the Hearts of Harford Heights StudentsHarfordHeights

Students in Art with a Heart's pre-kindergarten through first grade classes at Harford Heights Elementary School learned about Greek culture and enjoyed a vase painting project. For each vase, students were instructed to practice painting lines and create an image relating to their everyday experiences. The teacher said, "It was a sweet surprise to see some of our students include Mr. Tucker and me teaching art in the center of their vases."
Bowties for Everyone! Kidzstuff Classes Create Quilt Depicting Freedom PatternsFreedomQuilt

Pre-Kindergarten students in Art with a Heart classes at Kidzstuff worked together to create a collaborative " Freedom Quilt" 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. 
Lillie May Scholars Turn Cardboard + Yarn into Fabric LillieMay

Middle School scholars in Art with a Heart's classes at Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School became weaving masters after creating handmade cardboard looms and learning about the basic components to turn yarn into fabric. Interesting patterns and textures emerged as students used math concepts and creativity to complete these colorful loom weavings. 

Morning Star Baptist Church Soars to New Heights MSBC

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  Ukrainian s for Second Annual Day of Service UkraineDelegation

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.    
Where There is Clay, There is a Way UWCM

Art with a Heart, along with United Way of Central Maryland's Women United, worked with seventh grade students at Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School to learn basic clay techniques and create tiles imprinted with core values. Art with a Heart will fire and assemble the tiles for a community installation as a gift to the school.
Thank you! ThankYou

A rt with a Heart is grateful for t he hundreds of volunteers who  dedicated their time and talent to the organization during the month of January: Baltimore City Employees (Mayor Catherine E. Pugh's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service), Friends School of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins (MLK Day of Service), Something Good, USAID Ukraine Delegation and United Way of Central Maryland's Women United
Art of Leadership
Art of Leadership Explores Issues of Inequality and Race DWatkins

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 HeARTwaresArtParty

Consider scheduling an art party in HeARTwares 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 christina@artwithaheart.net or call 410-366-8886 for more information.
Valentine's Day Gifts: Give Your Loved One a Little Piece of Our Heart!anchor

Give a meaningful gift from HeARTwares this Valentine's Day! This year, our speciality product is  a planter handmade by students with  a small succulent (easy to take care of and perfect for the home or office), and a seeded paper heart that will sprout wildflowers when planted. There are also many other wonderful Valentine's Day options available for purchase in HeARTwares.  HeARTwares is open in its new location at 3000 Falls Road, Mill No. 1! Hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 12pm-6pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Email Christina Ralls at christina@artwithaheart.net or call 410-366-8886 for more information.