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A Conversation with Randi Alper Pupkin, Director, Art with a Heart

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Courtesy Citybizlist– Approximately fourteen years ago, Randi Pupkin gave up her career as an active and successful litigation attorney to found and work full time for Art with a Heart. Today, the not-for-profit organization with a stated mission of “enhancing the lives of people in need through visual art,” is responsible for programing more than 7,100 separate art classes on an annual basis and has countless stories of “steering lives on the proper path” through building strong and life-long relationships with its students.

Q. What is the mission of Art with a Heart?
A.
To enhance the lives of people in need through visual art. We provide 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.

We currently teach more than 7,100 art classes annually to students attending schools, people in senior centers and hospitals and individuals living in group homes, shelters and community centers. In addition, Art with a Heart functions as the primary art teacher in many schools throughout the Baltimore region. We currently have more than fifty teachers and assistants with more than thirty separate sites. And, we have fourteen people on our Board of Directors.

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