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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?
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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.

Getting to the Heart of It: Q & A With Art-With-A-Heart Exec. Dir. Randi Pupkin

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Randi Alper Pupkin and Thomas Kohn.

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. Fair to say that practicing law full time wasn’t your passion?
A. I affectionately refer to myself as a runaway attorney. I made a go of it for almost 14 years and even had my own firm for half of my law career. For the most part, practicing law, for me, was a grind and I truly think the civil court system is broken. Still, I learned a great deal about how to navigate certain experiences and situations that I would never have had but for my practice.  These lessons are invaluable to my every day work.

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A Conversation with Gertrude’s Owner John Shields – Part II

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Courtesy of Citybizlist – John Shields, recognized as “The Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay,” has authored four  cookbooks (and is currently working on his fifth) and hosts a show on public television entitled “Chesapeake Bay Cooking.” Beginning in 1996 (and in his “spare” time), John is the owner and operator of Gertrude’s –  his restaurant at The Baltimore Museum of Art (www.gertrudesbaltimore.com).

A Conversation with Gertrude’s Owner John Shields

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Courtesy of Citybizlist – John Shields, recognized as “The Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay,” has authored four cookbooks (and is currently working on his fifth) and hosts a show on public television entitled, “Chesapeake Bay Cooking.” Beginning in 1996 (and in his “spare” time), John is the owner and operator of Gertrude’s – John Shields’ restaurant at The Baltimore Museum of Art. We recently sat down (over lunch, of course) to discuss with John his different ventures, the challenges he has overcome to be successful and achieve longevity, as well as to learn more about his recent activities, his thoughts about the future and quality of food served by restaurants and national food processing companies.

A Conversation with Baltimore Food Biz Leader Eddie Dopkin, Part 2

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Courtesy Citybizlist – Eddie Dopkin has been an entrepreneur involved in the restaurant and catering business nearly his entire life.  His ventures and partnerships include The Classic Catering People, Loco Hombre, S’ghetti Eddie’s, Roland Park Bagel Company, Miss Shirley’s and others. 

A Conversation with Miss Shirley’s Owner Eddie Dopkin, Part 1

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Courtesy citybizlist – Eddie Dopkin has been an entrepreneur involved in the restaurant and catering business nearly his entire life.  His ventures and partnerships include The Classic Catering People, Loco Hombre, S’ghetti Eddie’s, Roland Park Bagel Company, Miss Shirley’s and others.  We caught up with Eddie recently over lunch at Miss Shirley’s on Cold Spring Lane to discuss, among other things, his successful business career, why he banned smoking at a restaurant before it became law to do so, and to hear his thoughts about the passing of his good friend, Art Modell.

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