Throughout the year, the ArtWorks community meets a Young Artist from one of our programs who has used the creative and performing arts to help them cope with their illness.

December 2016 ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Ashley
Age 12


Ashley Young Artist Highlight

ArtWorks is excited to kick off the winter season with a very special #YoungArtistHighlight Ashley!

Ashley is 12-Ashleyyears old and joined ArtWorks just this year when her child life specialist at St. Peter’s University Hospital suggested she submit her drawings to the ArtWorks Express Yourself showcase. Ashley uses art as a vehicle to uplift her mood and energy during difficult times. She wants our community to know that every day she is getting stronger and better!

Art has had a profound impact on Ashley’s life. She states: “Before I got sick, I loved to go to school and after lunch I would go to the art room and draw. Art is my best friend. I draw pictures because I think it is fun. I love drawing.”

Ashley is only one of our countless young artists who has had the opportunity to work with our Teaching Artist, Robyn Ellenbogen.

Robyn shares with ArtWorks one of her many experiences: “Last week at St. Peter’s I had a remarkable group of kids and parents; Muslim, Latino, African American and Native American. We all seemed to flourish together making outrageous objects filled with life. I think the atmosphere of freedom was contagious. Making art can be a safe space for children.”

We are so thankful for all of our artists like Robyn, who encourage our Young Artists to use art as a vehicle to heal, inspire, and empower!