“Sometimes, you feel like you’re all alone in the world. That there are other people there, but either they don’t listen to you, or you just feel like they can’t understand you, what you’re feeling, or what you’ve been through. That’s what motivates and inspires me to make art, since art is the universal language.

-Daniel, ArtWorks Alum

 

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The Teaching Artists Program invites Teaching Artists into the hospital setting to offer multi-disciplinary art workshops and one-on-one sessions for pediatric patients facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses. The experience is stimulating and empowering as our participants learn and engage in new ways of expressing themselves such as beat-boxing, creative writing, photography, percussion, and animation.

Serving more than 2,000 patients and their families, the Teaching Artists Program is expanding rapidly and welcoming new artists of a wide range of disciplines every year.

For any questions or additional information, please contact ArtWorks at 201-608-0146 or info@artworksfoundation.org.

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Surprise!Supplies provides art supplies and craft kits to our Young Artists in the hospital setting so that they may have the necessary tools to fully express themselves. The Surprise!Supplies program is made available through a mobile ARTWORKS ART CART!

The Art Cart…

  • Brings art supplies to children with limited mobility and those who cannot leave their beds
  • Specially designed with infection control in mind, and built to withstand the cleaners and ultraviolet lights used to sanitize the art cart for safe use in the hospital setting
  • And each art cart has been generously designed by Pop Artist Ed Heck, a longtime supporter of ArtWorks!

The supplies are available to both pediatric patients as well as their siblings, allowing families to collaborate and communicate in a manner that removes them from the solemn setting of the hospital, and gives the children a chance to play together—an opportunity that is often lacking when a sibling is admitted into a hospital. ArtWorks currently has 32 art carts in 27 hospitals distributing more than 20,000 supplies, with more to launch!

HELP US WITH A SUPPLY DRIVE!
ArtWorks always welcomes art supply donations! Interested in organizing a supply drive for ArtWorks? Please download the Art Supply Drive Informational Packet! For any questions or additional information, please contact ArtWorks at 201-608-0146 or info@artworksfoundation.org.

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Click here for the Express Yourself 2017 English Form

Click here for the Express Yourself 2017 SPANISH Form

Deadline to submit artwork and performance pieces is Thursday, October 12, 2017.  There is a limit of one submission per artist of an art piece and a performance piece.

Express Yourself is a visual and performing arts exhibition inviting our Young Artists to take part in a program of awe-inspiring performances and a gallery exhibition! By working with ArtWorks Teaching Artists as well as other recreational therapists, our participants prepare months in advance for this celebratory day.

Express Yourself includes art pieces, performances, and showcases our Young Artists each year! Learn more about past and upcoming Express Yourself showcases by visiting the ArtWorks EVENTS page.

 For any questions or additional information, please call 201-608-0146 or email info@artworksfoundation.org. Please click here for the Spanish Express Yourself Submission Packe

(Please note that participation in this event is limited to children and young adults battling chronic and/or life-limiting illnesses, and their siblings.)