From our Teaching Artist workshops and general celebrations of our Young Artists and our programming, there is never a dull moment with ArtWorks!

Exciting New Program At RWJ with ArtWorks and the Rutgers Garden

We are thrilled to announce a new year-long collaborative program with ArtWorks Teaching Artist, Robyn Ellenbogen and The Rutgers Garden at Bristol Myer’s Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. This program aims to promote creativity through the use of organic materials obtained from the Gardens and projects will be approached through a multidisciplinary lens using storytelling, music, poetry, writing, performance, fine art techniques, animation and sculpture. This program is generously funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Pictured here is Robyn Ellenbogen with RWJ Child Life Specialist, Sarah Devlin.

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Happy Child Life Month

Since 2002, ArtWorks has worked with Child Life Specialists in hospitals to bring creative programs to children and young adults facing chronic and life-limiting illness. Our organization was founded in large part due to the relationship Naomi Cohain had with her own Child Life Specialist and Art Therapist at Hackensack University Medical Center. 

Child Life Specialists help pediatric patients and their families cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, diagnosis and treatment. Through developmentally appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education they aim to reduce the fear, anxiety and pain that often surrounds a chronic or life-limiting illness. Their work is essential to the continuation of our mission and we celebrate and applaud the field and its important role within the healthcare team.

Follow us on social media! This month we will highlight some of the Child Life Specialists we are privileged to work with through our dedicated network of hospital partners.
Thank you, Child Life Specialists for all you do for our Young Artists and their families. We couldn’t be US without YOU!
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Luciana, age 13 from Hackensack University Medical Center shares her love of pets with ArtWorks. From rabbits to gerbils, fishes to parrots, our pets are truly our companions. Be sure to tag ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation when you share your National #LoveYourPetDay post or reply in the comment section with a photo of your pet so we can celebrate them with you. #LetArtHeal #ArtWorksKids

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Lights, Cameras, Rhinestones!

ArtWorks, Teaching Artist Steven Hazlett visited the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health where he will lead a year long program series in macro-photography. Young Artists will use a special camera lens to shoot a variety of materials such as rhinestones, feathers, beads and more to create extraordinary compositions.

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ArtWorks Young Artist, Mikeyla and Van Gogh

Willem Dafoe plays the brilliantly complex Vincent Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate and is up for Best Actor this Sunday at the 91st Academy Awards. ArtWorks Young Artist Mikeyla channeled her inner Van Gogh after her mother introduced her to the iconic “Sunflowers” (1889). She told ArtWorks, “I wanted to make my own!” Van Gogh continues to make an impact all over the world and we are delighted that he influences our Young Artists all these years later. 

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ArtWorks Teaching Artist, Michael Albert at The Brooklyn Hospital Center!

We kicked-off ArtWorks, Teaching Artist Michael Albert’s Collage Art Workshop last Thursday at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Our Young Artists will be using scissors, glue and a canvas to transform ordinary consumer cardboard packaging into a #mosaic like collage! (Pictured: Michael and Child Life Specialist, Lori Lerma with special guest, Princess Anna of Arendelle from A Moment of Magic Foundation).

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Oh, We Can Be Heroes Just For One Day #NationalSuperheroDay

The #BowieIs exhibition made its final stop at The Brooklyn Museum last summer and we are still electrified. Gabriella’s piece, “Heroes” (2017) serves as a testament that his music and artistry lives on in our Young Artists and all over the world. #NationalSuperheroDay

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Hilma af Klint Inspires Our Young Artists

When we look at “Swiggle Giggle” (2006) by Young Artist, Tanisha from NewYork-Presbyterian NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center we can’t help but think of the work by Hilma af Klint. We see very similar geometric forms and a parallel in both artists’ approach to composition and color. In one piece however, we do see a generous application of glitter. What do you see? Be sure to check out Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on exhibit until April 23rd. 

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Valentine’s Day With ArtWorks!

For a limited time, you can make Caroline’s (2013) splatter paint artwork your profile picture frame Share the love with all of your facebook friends today! Wishing you a very Happy Valentines Day! 

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