May 2020
In This Issue:  
Update from the Executive DirectorEDUpdate
Some days feel like we are running a marathon and there is no finish line in sight. Truth be told, there really is no end in sight. Things are different and they will be different for some time. An ultra marathon runner, author and coach, Robin Arzon said, "everyone wants to work for the finish line when it is in sight but those who succeed, work for it even when you can't see it."  This statement is the essence of the Art with a Heart team. With energy and determination, the team continues to pivot and succeed--to innovate, to create and to engage the community in new ways, never before imagined.

In the last month, Art with a Heart has:
  • Continued to grow its distance learning programs (in English and Spanish) with 15 schools and community partners implementing Art with a Heart's virtual visual art curriculum including, The Y of Central Maryland, Child First Authority, and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Senior Division.
  • Distributed over 300 art packets to supplement virtual learning and provide students who do not have access to technology the ability to have a self guided art practice.  
  • Created HeART Boxes (think camp in a box) to provide a creative summer educational option for elementary and middle school students. HeART Boxes are on sale now. To learn more or to purchase for your student(s), contact
  • Entered its fourth week of virtual classes with its workforce development program. Five of the participants have receiving job offers halfway through the eight-week session.
  • Honored local health care heroes by installing a mosaic at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center for National Hospital Week.
  • Developed a community service camp for teens (13 years or older) from July 6th though July 31st on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Space is limited. For more information, contact
  • Planned a day of artmaking for the community on June 28th (see below for more information).
With no finish line in sight, I guess you could say the Art with a Heart team is running the ultimate marathon and are doing it with stamina and creativity. Thank you to those of you who continue to "run" with us.  We could not do this work without you.

Stay safe and well,

Summer is for Festivals (it will be Small but Mighty Fun)!festival

On Sunday, June 28th (rain date July 3rd) from 3:30pm to 6:00pm, Art with a Heart will host a s mall but mighty artmaking festival in its outdoor space at Mill No.1. Space will be limited and guests will need to register for specific t ime slots. Projects will include:
  1. Tie dye a mask - make your own personalized tie-dye on a hand sewn cotton mask. 
  2. Painted Pottery - use a variety of glazes to paint a beautiful ceramic platter.
  3. Plein Air Painting - for Preschoolers and up! 
  4. Make your jewelry - make a clay pendant and bead necklace. 
All proper safety and social distancing protocols will be followed. Interested in a day of art marking? Email for all the details.
Thank you Zeffert and Gold Cateringcatering
Our friends at Zeffert and Gold Catering are now producing for pick-up and delivery many of their favorite menu items, including appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. As part of this new service, Zeffert and Gold will be donating 10% of all sale proceeds to Art with a Heart. Take a look at their tasty options at and order your meals today!  Great food for a great cause!! 

Community Service and Public Artcs
YES WE DID!!! YesWeDid

Over the course of a year, Art with Heart worked with hundreds of volunteers to help create this special mosaic for University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. Art with a Heart collected nearly 1,000 signatures from the staff at UMSJMC. With the help of volunteers, service groups, interns and HeART Helpers, each signature was sealed and placed under colored glass to form the Hospital's logo . In May,  Art with a Heart  helped  install this colorful mosaic in honor of National Hospital Week and to recognize all the healthcare heroes who care for the community each and every day.

Programming prog
Show What You Know is Happening HERE!CFA

As a community, we are experiencing the cancellation or postponement of many important rituals. Unfortunately, the Child First AuthorityShow What You Know, end of the year showcase is no different. Since the community can not gather to see this extravaganza of student created art, we have highlighted it here! Congratulations to all the pre-k through middle school students who stretched their creative muscles and grew their artistic talent.  
Connecting and Creating!!Key

Art with a Heart's distance learning programs provide the opportunity for students of all ages to engage with their teachers virtually, as well as access resources such as videos, instructions and recordings at their own pace in both English and Spanish . Material packets supplement the art experience and allow for students who may not have access to technology to remain connected to their art practice. The virtual curriculum during the month of May included, water bottle flowers, decoupage cupcakes, sand art masterpieces, colored mandalas and color wheel eyes.

Workforce Development Success in a Virtual WorldHeARTworks

HeARTworks participants from Youth Empowered Society entered their fourth week of virtual classes. In that time, students explored themes of identity, self-branding, communication, values, and goal-setting. Projects have included mandalas incorporating Adinkra symbols, identity journals inspired by the art of Brianna McCarthy, and watercolor techniques. We are proud to report that five of this cohort's fifteen participants have already received job offers!
Art of Leadership aol
The Art of Gen Z LeadershipAOL

In May, the Art of Leadership welcomed Josh Miller as its special guest speaker. At just 18 years old, Josh is an author, entrepreneur, and Director of  Gen  Z studies at XYZ University, a management consulting firm that has advised Fortune 500 companies. Josh spoke to the leaders about the unique traits of  Gen  Z for success in the workplace and world and shared his insight into  entrepreneurship and leadership.

The cohort also kicked off  their capstone public art project. This year the group will be completing an outdoor beautification at the William S. Baer School, which serves students with severe disabilities. The Art of Leadership students are painting and installing mosaic words on the staircase leading to the entrance of Baer School, and will represent the Baer School's population by tracing student handprints on the staircase landings. 
IMPRESSIONIST: Creative Social Activism csa
Young Professionals + Virtual Trivia = Friendly Competition Impressionists

Art with a Heart's junior board, the Impressionists , hosted its first Virtual Trivia Night! Impressionists Leadership Committee member, Brooke Bomberger and her husband Brian, crafted a unique mix of trivia questions incorporating a broad range of subjects. Using Zoom breakout rooms each team had the opportunity to chat privately before submitting their answers. Although only one team was crowned the winner, every team enjoyed the opportunity to connect over two and a half hours of friendly competition.