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.

January 2016 ARTISTS OF THE MONTH: Isabella & Dylan
Ages 8 & 6




ArtWorks is excited to introduce not one, but TWO amazing Artists of the Month – siblings ISABELLA and DYLAN!

Isabella and Dylan began creating with ArtWorks when Isabella was admitted to St. Barnabas Hospital at the young age of 3½. Isabella is now 8 years old, and Dylan 6 years old, and they continue to make amazing masterpieces and collaborate on pieces to submit to ArtWorks’ Express Yourself showcase!

Isabella says of her experience as an ArtWorks Young Artist, “I first saw the ArtWorks art carts while I was in St. Barnabas Hospital when I was 3½ years old. I loved making art in the hospital! It was so much fun, and it helped me forget how much I missed my brother and how badly I wanted to go home. My brother and I have been making art and performing in ArtWorks Express Yourself every year. Next year, I want to volunteer to help!”

And the enthusiasm continues in the younger of the Andrews siblings! Young Artist Dylan says of his practice, “Every year my sister and I make a painting or drawing for the show together! I love doing crafts! I like to draw ninjas, ninja turtles, power rangers, and things that I learn in school.”

Isabella and Dylan are amazing artists, and their love for art and creating together truly shows that ArWorks is not just for the children we serve with chronic and terminal illnesses, but also the children who love and care for their siblings spending long periods of time in the hospital.

We would like to end this month’s ARTISTS of the Month with a few words from Young Artist Isabella. She says to her fellow artists in the world, “Don’t ever let someone make you change your art. Be proud of your art regardless of what anyone else says about it!”

ArtWorks look forward to all the amazing art and performances that Isabella and Dylan will make in the coming years!


Artist: Dylan Title: My Colorful City


Artist: Isabella Title: My Imaginary City