June 2013
Tree Planting Ceremony and Dedication
New Board President
Fourteen Strong
RLTV's Second Act
Summer Job Program in its Eighth Year
Summer Programming
Sarah Says Goodbye
Bristol House Ladies
Edgecombe Circle Heart Project
JCC Preschool Portraits
McDonogh Leadership Group
Volunteer Spotlight
Bobby Begins Work
HeARTwares Workshops
New Items at HeARTwares

We Need Your Help! 

You can help bring art to those who need it most. 

Financial Support

The cost of art supplies for the wide variety of projects offered is considerable.  


Share the joys and benefits of visual art by making a tax-deductible contribution to Art with a Heart. Click here for printable contribution information or click the button at the bottom of the page to donate online.

Supplies and Materials

Art with a Heart projects are innovative, original, and engaging. We not only need paint, markers, paper, and brushes, but we also need gently used furniture (to be painted), fabric, and recyclables. We gladly and gratefully accept your donations.


Click here to donate your materials. To view our supply wish list, click here.


To donate supplies through Blick Art Materials, click on the image below.





Volunteers are always needed to work with our staff in helping with classes and programs. No art experience is required - just the desire to bring art to those who need it most. We conduct classes weekdays and weekends, mornings, afternoons, and evening. We can accommodate any schedule!


If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an online volunteer application (click here) and send to jaime@artwithaheart.net.



The Gathering


Join us for future summer/fall Gatherings at The Castle at Keswick: 


July 19, 2013

August 2, 2013

September 13, 2013

October 11, 2013




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Shop & Bop


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Edgecombe Circle Elementary/Middle School


JCC of Greater Baltimore


McDonogh School's Eighth Grade Leadership Group


Rose Street Community Center



Thank You Takes Root


On May 18th, Wes Moore was the honorary guest and speaker at Art with a Heart's annual fundraiser, "Home is Where the HeART is." In tribute to Mr. Moore, and to thank him for his time and meaningful message, Art with a Heart had elementary aged students, committee members, and event guests create artistic testimonials of hope, joy, and inspiration with beads, found objects, mirror, and glass. These pieces were used to fill and embellish a maple tree that was planted in East Baltimore on June 27th with the help of Mr. Moore, Art with a Heart Board Members, students, and community partners. At the moment the tree was planted, we all recalled the words of Lucy Larcom, "He who plants a tree, plants hope." 


Art with a Heart Elects a New Board President


We are proud to announce the appointment of Alton Knight, Jr. as the newly elected Art with a Heart Board President. Alton has been an enthusiastic and committed member of the Art with a Heart Board of Directors for over four years. Alton takes over for Seth Dunbar, whose term expired on June 30th. We are grateful for Seth's commitment to the organization and look forward to his continued service on the Art with a Heart Board. Alton currently works as Senior Manager at Myers and Stauffer LC. When Alton is not working, he is a talented photographer and magician (yes, a magician)!

Fourteen Strong


Art with a Heart is always bustling with enthusiastic and dedicated interns and service-learning students, and this summer is no different. This summer, we welcome Alex, Allison, Claire, Dasol, Megan, Precious, Stephanie, and Trish who will help in the office and in Art with a Heart classrooms. These eight students join us from Goucher College, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Towson University, and University of Delaware.
AND there's more... yes more! Art with a Heart welcomes Angel and Asia from The Diversity and Academic Advancement Summer Institute, a program through Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Kadiqua, Kaylah, and Kristina (for her second summer) from the Bridges Program, and Dominic is back this summer from YouthWorks after spending the school year interning at Art with a Heart. These service-learning students will work with staff members, interns, and participants of Art with a Heart's Summer Job Program. 


Art with a Heart's Episode on RLTV's Second Act


On Thursday, July 11th at 8:30 pm, tune into RLTV (Verizon channel 245 and Comcast channel 175) for Art with a Heart's featured episode on Second Act! Watch as Executive Director Randi Pupkin relives the story of Art with a Heart and the triumph of HeARTwares' opening. 

Summer Job Program is in Full Swing

On June 24th, Art with a Heart began its eighth year of the Summer Job Program. The Summer Job Program uses art as a vehicle to teach students valuable job skills while they create marketable art to be displayed and sold at HeARTwares. In addition to working four hours a day, five days a week, each student is also required to work two weekend shifts at HeARTwares to test their skills in a real work environment. On August 2nd, Art with a Heart will host Shop & Bop, an event to celebrate the Summer Job Program participants, and showcase their artwork. Mark your calendars and join us on August 2nd from 5:00-10:00 pm to support our students and shop their creations while enjoying food and drinks brought to us by The Gathering 

Summer Job Program participants from Paul's Place, Inc. and TuTTie's Place visit students from the Rose Street Community Center at HeARTwares to learn about the store and mingle with their peers.

Summer Programming

Art with a Heart's new summer programs include Patterson Park Recreation Center, Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary School, and Liberty Rec and Tech. We are excited to collaborate with these new partners and share our joy of art with their students. 

A student in an Art with a Heart program at Liberty Rec and Tech proudly shows off his coffee filter tie-dye art that he transformed into a car.
Sarah Says Goodbye

Sarah has been a treasured member of the Art with a Heart team for the past two and a half years. She recently moved to Chicago to join Teach for America and sent pictures from her last Art with a Heart class at INNterim, a supportive and structured housing corporation for homeless women and their children. The students (and everyone at Art with a Heart, of course!) will miss Sarah!

Bristol House 

Art with a Heart loves its ladies in the Art with a Heart classes at Bristol House! All of the women are fantastic artists with vivid imaginations! To the left, Ms. Paulette poses with her latest creation, the result of a lesson on grid making and warm and cool tones.



Heart Project for Edgecombe Circle

For several months, Art with a Heart facilitated community workshops with guests of the Gathering. Participants of all ages created hearts which were joined together and donated to Edgecombe Circle Elementary/Middle School, an Art with a Heart partner site. The final installation currently adorns the school's lobby. 

Jewish Community Center Preschooler Portraits


Art with a Heart led a community project with a roomful of lively preschoolers and their parents at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. The children created mixed media self-portraits that were installed as one cohesive and permanent piece. The parents also contributed to the project by wrapping Hebrew letters in yarn.

McDonogh Leadership Group

Through McDonogh School's Eighth Grade Leadership Group, 21 students volunteered at Art with a Heart for their day of service. These students helped with various projects, including painting repurposed tires for unique tire swings, completing community projects, and preparing art for Art with a Heart students. We are grateful for the support of the McDonogh Leadership Group and for their investment in community.

Volunteer Spotlight


We are so delighted that

a long-time supporter thought to send Deborah to Art with a Heart. Deborah is kind hearted, talented, and an experienced leader. She is a perfect role model for our students and will spend half of her time at Liberty Rec and Tech and the rest with students from Art with a Heart's Summer Job Program. Thank you, Deborah, for your compassion and commitment to Art with a Heart! 



Bobby Begins Work at HeARTwares


Since Art with a Heart's inception in 2000, it has enjoyed a strong and invaluable partnership with the Rose Street Community Center. This partnership includes collaborative efforts for after-school and summer programs, and year-round engagement with community children and adults. Art with a Heart recently welcomed Bobby, a hard working House Manager from the Rose Street Community Center. Bobby is a budding artist and is making art each day at HeARTwares. When asked what he enjoys most about his job in HeARTwares, Bobby said, "I am grateful that Art with a Heart gives me the opportunity to express myself in a creative way. I feel that creating artwork is a true reflection of one's attitude, personal experiences, and imagination." 

As a part of Art with a Heart's community commitment, half of the sale proceeds are shared between Art with a Heart and the artist or community partner. Stop in HeARTwares, Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, to meet Bobby and purchase some of his art!

HeARTwares Workshops are Back

Heartwares recently hosted two mosaic mirror workshops. Guests enjoyed refreshments while creating their own personalized mosaic mirror. The workshops were a wonderful success; one of the guests immediately emailed and said, "Last evening's workshop was so much fun. I thoroughly enjoyed myself." We will be scheduling other workshops soon... stay tuned for dates and times.

HeARTwares is also a perfect venue for parties. Work with an Art with a Heart staff member to plan a fun night out for you and your friends. We'll provide the creative art project, vibrant atmosphere, and delicious refreshments! Contact christina@artwithaheart.net for more details.

New Items at HeARTwares

Rockin' Mosaic Stones

Perfect for outdoor use (and indoor!), these mosaic garden stones, created by Art with a Heart's Golden Girls and service-learning students, add a wow factor to your yard. There is only a limited quantity, so hurry to HeARTwares!



Art with a Heart, Inc.  

3355 Keswick Road

Stable Building, Suite 104

Baltimore, MD 21211

(410) 366-8886


About Us


Art with a Heart conducts 7,100 visual art programs each year with abused, neglected and abandoned children; homeless people; battered women and their children; mentally and physically disabled children and adults; low-income senior citizens; elementary, middle, and high school students; youth in after-school programs; and children receiving long-term health care.


Since 2000, Art with a Heart has provided Baltimore's underserved children, youth, and adults with access to positive and productive programming, caring and nurturing adults on a consistent basis, and the chance to embrace new ideas and skills in a safe and structured environment.