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.
We are pleased to introduce to you, Samantha, age 15, from NYC Health + Hospitals/ Bellevue February’s #YoungArtistHighlight!
“Small steps can lead to big changes. Even from a year ago I feel better – a different person. I know I have a long way to go, but I’ll get there. It’s worth it. Don’t give up!”
We met Samantha earlier this year and we are so honored to share her story! She created two beautiful pieces (shown above) one inspired by “White Rabbit” from Alice in Wonderland and the other is a drawing of a turtle hiding away in his shell.
When asked to describe the meaning behind each drawing, Samantha said, “The rabbit represents restlessness and is constantly checking his watch in a panic, the turtle represents the feeling of being overwhelmed because all of the eyes are watching him.”
Because of Samantha’s struggles, she has had a hard time socializing with her peers and sometimes feels restless and overwhelmed just like the characters in her drawings. She began to use art as a tool to cope with these emotions and now also uses it to spread awareness about the obstacles she faces.
Heidi Torres, a Supervisor, Children’s Counselor, at NYC Health + Hospitals/ Bellevue, who has worked closely with Samantha says, “I have watched her grow up and blossom. I know Sam will be a success! I’m so proud of her.”
Thank you Samantha for inspiring and empowering all our Young Artists to use the arts each and everyday!