December 2014
In This Issue:

2014 YEAR IN REVIEW review
All of us at Art with a Heart wish you a healthy, happy, and artful New Year. As the year draws to a close, we reflect on Art with a Heart's accomplishments in 2014.

Programming programs

  • Art with a Heart welcomed many new partners, including 14 schools, five recreational centers, three community centers, two treatment centers, and two shelters. With close to 70 community partners in 2014, Art with a Heart provided over 100,000 unique art experiences to children, youth, and adults in Baltimore.
  • In June, Art with a Heart celebrated the ninth year of its Summer Job Program, a meaningful program that teaches youth important soft job skills while creating marketable works of art. In evaluating the success of the Program, we consider the feedback of our participants. One student said, "This program always ends up changing my life in multiple ways. The people here are amazing. Thank you so much for allowing me to stay in this program - I felt as though it was a privilege to be here."
Art with a Heart enjoyed working with its talented students at nearly 70 sites, including: 1) Lakeland Elementary/Middle School; 2) Baltimore Autism Society; 3) James Mosher Elementary School; 4) Rose Street Summer Job Program; 5) Creative Kids Baltimore; and 6) Grove Park Elementary/Middle School
Community Service cs
  • Art with a Heart engaged 5,000 volunteers in 2014. This extraordinary support includes approximately 60 interns and service-learning students, 140 HeART Helpers from 33 local middle and high schools, and volunteers from 85 service groups. 
Volunteer groups and service partnerships from 2014 include: 1) Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women; 2) Hot August Music Festival workshop; 3) Repair the World's Summer is Coming event; 4) Eli Lilly; 5) Gallagher Services and Academy for College and Career Exploration collaboration; 6) Towson University Project Serve; and 7) Heart HeART Helpers with Goochland Baptist Church members.
Public Art art
  • With the help and support of the community, Art with a Heart completed six mosaic murals, one painted mural, and four large-scale public art installations.
  • Throughout the year, the "Ashkemore" tree was on traveling exhibition at Baltimore Penn Station, Enoch Pratt Free Library, The Associated, and the Owings Mills and Park Heights JCC. In March 2014, the Art with a Heart team traveled to Ashkelon, Israel to complete the second Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership tree engaging 250 community volunteers. Ashkelon's tree is on permanent exhibit in its municipal library. The Baltimore tree is now on permanent exhibit at the Southeast Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Public art projects in 2014 included: 1) Henderson-Hopkins mosaic, 10'x6'; 2) Bench beautification project, in collaboration with BGE, at Boys & Girls Club of Harford County; 3) Stepping stones at Govans Elementary School; 4) Garden posts at Barclay-Greenmount; 5) "Ashkemore" tree in Askelon, Israel; 6) "Ashkemore" tree in Baltimore, Maryland; 7) Van Gogh inspired mural, by Art with a Heart teacher Edward Williams, in collaboration with BGE, at Boys & Girls Club of Harford County; "Wall of Values" installation at Woodhome Elementary/Middle School; and Weinberg Village mosaic, 5'x3'. 
HeARTwares hw 
HeARTwares hosted many workshops, events, classes, and marketable art groups in 2014, including: 1) Mirror flashy art party; 2) City Neighbors High School interns; 3) Creative Day Out bookmaking workshop; 4) Gallagher Services; 5) Art with a Heart's Golden Girls; and 6) Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Troop #1779.

Thank You!


Thank you for helping to make 2014 a tremendously successful year for Art with a Heart. We appreciate your ongoing support to provide continued momentum to our mission: to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art.


Baltimore LED Portrait Project led


Art with a Heart is a proud partner of Baltimore LED, a unique billboard showcase for Baltimore artists to entertain, educate, and inspire. Art with a Heart 2nd, 5th, and 7th grade students at Woodhome Elementary/Middle School created "Promise Portraits" to visually portray their promises for the future. Their artwork is currently being projected, through Baltimore LED's Art Billboard, at the corner of N. Charles Street and Lanvale Street, and will be on rotation for the next month.

A Winter Wonderland glen


Art with a Heart students at Glenmount Elementary/Middle School decked the halls of the school for the holidays with caroler portraits, stockings, snowflakes, life-size trees, and a 3D winter cityscape. Thank you to Art with a Heart's teachers, Sharon Smith and Nikki Fowlkes, who worked with the students to create and install Glenmount's winter wonderland. 


The Walters' Sensory Morning walters


In December, Art with a Heart joined several other community organizations at The Walters Art Museum for an event designed specifically for children with Sensory Processing Disorders. Art with a Heart worked with children of all ages, and their parents, to decorate a large recycling bin using repurposed anesthesia lids. Once complete, this recycling bin will be donated to Art with a Heart's service-learning partner, St. Elizabeth School.

Children at The Walters Art Museum's Sensory Morning event use repurposed anesthesia lids to create a recycling bin for St. Elizabeth School. Thank you to Dr. John Flaks and the staff at Medstar Harbor Hospital for collecting and donating the lids!

Shining Light on After-School Programs lamp


In collaboration with Maryland Out of School Time Network and Lights On Afterschool, Art with a Heart worked with nearly 100 students at Arundel Elementary/Middle School to create lamps depicting their favorite after-school activities. The lamps will be given to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Governor Martin O'Malley, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Senator Bill Ferguson, Delegate Brooke Lierman, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, Gregory Thornton, Superintendent Lillian Lowery, and Executive Director of the Governor's Office for Children, Anne Sheridan. The lamps will "shine light" on the importance of quality and educational after-school programs.

December's Service Groups nov

Thank you to members of Baltimore Gas and ElectricBonnemaison, Something Good, Towson University Actors Anonymous, and UMBC Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary for their service to Art with a Heart during the month of December. 

Clockwise from top left: Volunteers from BGE, Towson University Actors Anonymous, Something Good, UMBC Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary, and Bonnemaison all spent service days at Art with a Heart in December. 
HeARTwares Celebrates its Fourth Anniversary anniversary

On November 29th, HeARTwares was crowded with friends and community members as it celebrated its fourth anniversary. Guests enjoyed refreshments, shopping for meaningful holiday gifts, and participating in a community art project.

February Heart Mosaic Workshop wksh

Back by popular demand! Join us on February 5, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm to create a 10"x10" heart mosaic. The cost of $40 per person includes instruction, supplies, and light refreshments. Optional: bring a small keepsake and we will show you how to incorporate it into your mosaic to create an even more meaningful piece of art. No experience necessary! 

Click here to register.

Art with a Heart conducts approximately 10,000 visual art classes 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. 
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