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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Mission: ArtWorks provides children and young adults suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings, access to creative and performing arts programs that encourage the use of the creative process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development. ArtWorks seeks to empower, validate, and honor these children by offering them the hands-on experience and materials with which to create, as well as the opportunity to publicly share their artistic accomplishments.

Programs: Express yourself: a creative and performing art exhibition that provides children and young adults suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings, with the open and loving forum to express themselves through the arts. In a safe environment, filled with families, friends, healthcare specialists and artworks supporters, these children sing, dance, recite poetry, play instruments and stand proudly by their works of art. The process of preparing for the "express yourself" event provides these children with a much needed creative outlet and gives them something to look forward to and work towards, taking the focus away from the pain and sorrow of illness.

intensive creative artists in residence (intensive cair): provides quality creative arts workshops in the hospital setting for children and young adults suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their siblings. Workshop leaders are professional artists that are trained to work with the pediatric population in the hospital setting. "intensive cair" is designed to teach patients new skills, help them explore new materials, keep them active and engaged and give them opportunities to express and communicate their thoughts and experiences in a creative and positive way. Results have proven that collaborative creative activities serve to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease attention to pain and normalize the hospital experience for the young patients and their families.

traveling art show/surprise! Supplies: the "traveling art show" is a unique mobile art gallery that extends the longevity of "express yourself" exhibitions by taking the art show on the road, making stops at participating hospitals, galleries, schools, libraries and other venues throughout new york and new jersey. "surprise! Supplies" is a program that distributes art supplies and craft projects to pediatric patients in hospitals. "surprise! Supplies" are delivered to children in bright and colorful, custom designed mobile art carts. These supplies keep patients and their siblings busy creating art, while aniticpating a long day in treatment or accompanying a sibling to a medical procedure.

other program services including special programs.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dan_6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Artworks Foundation staff are thoughtful and compassionate beyond words. Their dedication to using creative arts to help children and young adults who are facing serious and chronic illnesses is truly inspiring. They spare no effort to help young people cope with tremendous adversity. The Artworks Foundation is an organization that makes the world a better place. It is a pleasure to witness their wonderful work, and the positive impact it has on the lives of so many children and their families.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a music therapist working in a pediatric medical setting, I can attest to the outstanding humanitarian work that Artworks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation achieves on a consistent basis. This wonderful organization has fostered a sense of accomplishment and personal expression though creative arts that has benefited so many children who I've come to know in my professional work. I hold this organization in the highest regard. They make a tremendous difference in the lives of numerous children and their families and deserve acknowledgement for the fantastic positive contribution they make to humanity.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about ArtWorks Foundation! They have helped so many of my patients and their families by providing opportunities for creative expression. Engaging in the arts is not only enjoyable, it is an invaluable tool in helping children and families to cope with distress throughout serious illness and hospital experiences. Several patients who used to dread coming to the hospital for transfusions and other procedures now look forward to visits because they know they'll get to create art using materials from our beautiful Surprise!Supplies art cart! Other patients, who were formerly withdrawn, are already talking about what they want to do for next year's Express Yourself show! I am so thankful to ArtWorks Foundation for all the amazing work that they do!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen the Artworks team in action and believe the work they do is so impactdul and brings such joy and pride to the children and hospitals they serve. They are dedicated, creative, and committed to providing a needed outlet for these kids to take their mind off of the often terrible circumstances they face. Proud to be a supporter!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Thought I might share an email that I sent to Daniela Mendelsohn, the Executive Director of Artworks, a few years back. Daniela-
Volunteering for Artworks is an honor and a priviledge.
I couldn't imagine a more worthwhile and fulfilling way to spend the day.
You did an unbelievable job organizing and planning the event down to the
the last detail, as always.
What you have created is truely inspirational and I look forward to
volunteering from the moment one show ends until the time the next begins.
I only hope you know that the volunteering need not be limited to the
actual events.
I, for one, am more than happy to pitch in with the grunt work, so please
let me know whenever you can use a hand.
You're amazing and you should be very proud!
Love, your humble volunteer, Stacey
Artworks was phenomenal then, and has only gotten better with time.

Linda75

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Artworks Express Yourself Exhibition and Performance is among the year's highlights for the children in my program. We submit art work and several children perform. The event is organized, funfilled and allows for the special circumstances that are certain to arise with this population. The outreach and support given to the families is unparalled!

Donor

Rating: 5

The love that the staff of Artworks has for children suffering with life threatening illnesses is amazing. They are committed to helping these kids cope with the struggles, pain and disappointments of their illnesses. Through Express Yourself, providing art supplies with Surprise Supplies and Art Carts, and Intensive Cair classes, kids can forget about their struggles if only for a day.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a music therapist at one of the children's hospitals in the NYC area, I have had the pleasure of being involved with Artworks: The Naomi Cohain Foundation's annual "Express Yourself NY" event for the past 3 years. This event offers children with acute or chronic illnesses the opportunity to connect with their inner creativity as a means of self-expression and coping with their medical issues. I have also been able to take advantage of Artwork's "Creative Artists In Residence" program that brings various creative arts experiences to children in the hospital environment. The staff at Artworks has been amazing in their efforts to provide these and many other services to the children and families with whom I work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Child Life Specialist, this organization has helped put smiles on children's faces as well as reaching those who could otherwise not get out of bed to play. They provided us with a colorful Art Cart, filled with endless craft supplies that we can wheel bedside, or keep in the hospital waiting room. The patients as well as staff truly appreciate this generous gift!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While been at the Hospital with my son (in one of several admissions) I saw a sign at the Child Life Play Room: "Art Works" Express Yourself" and have my kids: Son and daughter working on expressing themselfs while being in and out of the Hospital. I think is wonderful the chance kids have to do art and be part of the exposure of their art. The exposition and all involved is wonderful and besides the good time and enfoyment more important the enrichment of the kids soul. Love it and will keep up participating.

Kevin30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for this program has been a wonderful gift. The three (there are only three!) ladies that run the organization are great to work with, and what they've accomplished would be impressive for an organization five times their size.