Open Hart Studio

Open Hart StudioShould you drop in N Street Village’s Multipurpose Room on Tuesday afternoon, you’ll be greeted by a buzz of activity. Classic soul music plays in the background as women are absorbed by a variety of art projects. Women are gathered around different stations where they decorate small jewelry boxes, paint pictures, and crochet.

Welcome to Open Hart Studio.

Open Hart Studio is coordinated by N Street Village’s Community Organizer and unofficial Artist in Residence Sharon Hart. A woman may walk in thinking she has little creative talent but under the patient guidance of Sharon, she becomes an artist and creates things of beauty. Sharon’s past projects have included decorating gift bags for N Street Village’s volunteers, making sand art, assembling origami, and even icing cookies for N Street Village events.

Sharon also gives women the opportunity to follow their own passions. While some work on the projects she has designed, others are busy working on their own projects. One Tuesday while a group of women made their own boxes, Bobbie painted cards filled with flowers, while Petrina designed hers with abstract images. Other women were busying crocheting. For Bobbie, painting is therapeutic and allows her to get lost in the moment. For Alberta, the Open Studio brings out the kid in her.

Perhaps the most commonly recited refrain is Ann’s: “I never thought I could do this, until Sharon taught me how.” The women draw energy and inspiration from Sharon. Participating in the Open Studio is an opportunity to have fun, be creative, and brighten up the N Street Village community.

Ilana’s In-Kind Corner | Bed, Bath, & Home

IMG_1299-001Thanks to the powerful response from our last In-Kind Corner Post, our community now has plenty of supplies to assist in cleaning the Village’s living and common spaces.  N Street Village offers support to over 60% of our city’s homeless women and we rely on donated items to serve our clients and to keep our operating budget as low as possible. So how can you help us this month?

Current Need: Bedding and Bath Items

Twin Sized SheetsWe are completely out of bath towels, new twin sized sheet sets, and shower curtains.  Our goal is to provide every new resident with a fresh towel and set of sheets to welcome her into the community. “Offering hospitality in all its forms to incoming residents is our way of showing that while they stay with us, they will be given a safe and clean place to rest and recover.” says Heidi Gauthier, our Volunteer and In-Kind Gifts Coordinator. We need your support to ensure that we are able to continue to meet the needs of our community.

Please consider running a drive at your school, place of worship, or workplace and help us stock up our closet with new, unopened items.  Please contact me with any questions and to schedule a drop-off appointment.  Thanks for your support!

Ilana  Cookler | N Street Village Development Assistant | 202.939.2050

View a complete list of our community’s in-kind needs on our website.

Photo of the Week


Richard Waganer with CRE-A-TV captures community footage for this year’s gala video. This is Richard’s sixth year shooting the Comcast sponsored video that will be viewed at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC on April 10th at N Street Village’s Annual Gala.   Pictured: N Street Village Executive Director Schroeder Stribling with the 2013 Erna and John Steinbruck honorees in N Street Village’s Bethany Women’s Center.