A Season of Giving
In conjunction with #givingtuesday we are continuing with our tradition of making a donation to a non-profit within the art industry. This year, we hope you will join us in supporting the Artworks Foundation and all work they are doing to enrich the lives of pediatric patients through the arts.
Founded in 2002, ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the healthcare experience of pediatric patients through the arts. ArtWorks provides children and young adults starting from birth to age 24 facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses, and their families, access to creative and performing arts programs that serve as a vehicle for healing, communication, self- expression and personal development.
“My journey as a cancer patient really has taken a toll on me. It’s been hard to cope with the many changes that happened to my life, such as my hair loss. When doctors told me my hair was going to fall off, it made me scared out of my mind. I hid in my house for almost three months because I was ashamed of my baldness, and ashamed that people would look at me in a certain way. However, these struggles and obstacles have served as an inspiration for my creativity. I hope to strike confidence and strength in others going through the same situation through my illustrations!”
ARTWORKS PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
- Teaching Artists Program invites Teaching Artists into the hospital setting to offer our Young Artists workshops and one-on-one sessions.
- Surprise!Supplies brings art supplies and craft kits to our Young Artists through specifically designed mobile art carts, providing opportunities to create throughout the day, especially for our Young Artists who are not able to leave their beds.
- Express Yourself is a biannual creative and performing arts exhibition in New York and New Jersey inviting our Young Artists to take part in a program of awe-inspiring performances and a gallery exhibition.
“I wish you could see the smiles and pure glee that we see on the faces of our patients as we roll the art cart into their room. The art activities not only distract and entertain the patients so that they don’t focus on their pain and anxiety, but they get entire families drawing and painting.”