Art with a Heart is a Baltimore organization that has been working since 2000 to provide visual art programs to underserved children, youth, and adults. This summer marks the 8th year of Art with a Heart’s Summer Job Program which creates opportunities for youth to learn valuable job skills while making marketable art. The art students in the program create is available to purchase at HeARTwares and will be displayed at the August 2nd event Shop & Bop.
Art with a Heart continues to provide community based programming, recently holding art programs at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, McDonogh School, the Edgecombe Circle Elementary/Middle School, and Bristol House.
Art with a Heart’s HeARTwares is a retail store where the public can purchase items made through their different programs. The proceeds from the sale of art is shared by Art with a Heart and the artist or community partner. Additionally HeARTwares works in alignment with the Summer Job Program, providing real job experience, such as money handling and working with the public. HeARTwares is located at 623 W. 34th Street, and has an entrance at 3355 Keswick Road as well. HeARTwares is currently open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 12 to 6 pm, and Sunday from 12 to 5 pm.
Upcoming Art with a Heart events:
August 2nd, 2013: Shop & Bop: See and purchase artwork created by students in the Summer Job Program
August 2nd, 2013, 5:00-10:00pm : Partnership with The Gathering, support students and shop their artwork
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Last night, I sat in the city council chamber with seven students from Barclay elementary- middle school. We were there to testify to the city council to pass the bottle tax bill that will create a dedicated stream of funding for school construction projects. Over the past four months, the students have been creating drawings and 3D models depicting how they want their school to look. Two students stood before the city council members for the first time and shared their vision for their school. Is this art for social justice?
I say yes.
When I am working with students and parents to articulate their dreams for our city, I am an artist who chooses to use my creative skills to act on pressing issues that affect the quality of life for both my family and all Baltimore families.
Who values this work?
Not the city of Baltimore, because it continues to cut after-school programming, which is the source of most of my part-time salary. Additionally, the Mayor continues to fund new downtown building projects and car races while closing recreation centers and pools where many community arts programs occur.
I believe the artists who are actively involved in community building and social justice work are keeping this city alive. The A + J project is working hard to highlight and facilitate community and artist connections. It is time that corporate leaders, foundations and politicians value the artists who are creating a better Baltimore.