Mayor Brandon Scott, left, Ali Mirsky, Randi Alper Pupkin, Joann Brooks and Bert W. O’Malley

On Nov. 4, Art with a Heart revealed a 1,000 pound 6’x 8′ heart mosaic sculpture in front of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Gudelsky Entrance at the corner of Lombard and Greene Streets. The $130k public art piece represents Art with a Heart (AWAH)’s 20th anniversary gift to the Baltimore community. The Heart of Baltimore features 18 different colors of glass, mirrors and recycled glow-in-the-dark tiles. Over the past 18 months nearly 1,000 youth and adults of diverse race, age and socio-economic background devoted their time to the ceramic heart. Guest speakers for the event included UMMC President & CEO Bert W. O’Malley, Randi Alper Pupkin, AWAH founder & executive director, Joann Brooks, Mayor Brandon Scott and Ali Mirsky.

The “Heart of Baltimore”. (Photos by James Fields)
Savonne Ferguson, president Harbor City (MD) Chapter of The Links, left; Randi Alper Pupkin, Art With A Heart (AWAH) founder & executive director, center; and Joann Brooks, Harbor City (MD) Chapter member of The Links. (Photos by James Fields)
Ron V. Cummins Jr., senior vice president and chief operating officer of UMMC. (Photos by James Fields)
Karen Dates Dunmore, senior director of community engagement at UMMC. (Photos by James Fields)
Mayor Brandon Scott gave remarks at the ceremony. (Photos by James Fields)
Samuel Gurmu, clinical engineer, left, and Gonzalo Solis, vice president of operations at UMMC. (Photos by James Fields)

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