Art with a Heart’s mission is to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art.

Core Programs

Art with a Heart brings interactive visual arts classes into schools, community centers, group homes, shelters, permanent housing facilities, hospitals, and senior housing facilities. Founded in 2000, Art with a Heart has experienced steady growth, from four small classes a week to 12,000 annually, with a proven track record for developing creative initiatives and accessible paths to success for individuals living in Baltimore’s most vulnerable communities.

Art with a Heart provides teachers, assistants, materials, and innovative curriculum to engage our vulnerable neighbors in consistent art programming.

In addition to its interactive art classes, Art with a Heart has complementary initiatives, including a job program (HeARTworks), service learning opportunities, community service projects, public art efforts, a social enterprise/retail store, HeARTwares, and a leadership program.

If you are interested in Art with a Heart programs, contact us at info@artwithaheart.net.


With art as a vehicle, youth ages 14 and older learn essential job skills in HeARTworks, Art with a Heart’s Workforce Development Program. This program has provided a safe and collaborative work environment for almost 900 young adults since its inception 15 years ago.

Community Service

Art with a Heart has many meaningful and accessible volunteer opportunities for individuals of all ages.

Public Art

With nearly 300 public art installations completed, Art with a Heart would love to design, coordinate, and facilitate the creation and installation of your next mosaic or painted mural.


Art with a Heart’s social enterprise retail store displays and sells the work of students and volunteers. Sale proceeds are shared between the organization and artist or community partner. Over the nine years that HeARTwares has been open it has paid over $50,000 in proceeds to its community partners.

The Art of Leadership

Bringing together youth of diverse backgrounds, this new and innovative initiative works to develop leadership skills and facilitate dialogue across cultural barriers.

Take a moment to watch these short videos about Art with a Heart’s inspiring work with Baltimore’s vulnerable children, youth, and adults.