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Review for ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation, Englewood, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As the Art Therapist at The Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital in NYC, I collaborate with a lot of diverse nonprofits specializing in art. ArtWorks is without a doubt my favorite group to work with due to their commitment to their mission of facilitating kids dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, as well as their often forgotten about siblings, in utilizing creativity as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development. I've been working with this organization for 3 years, and find them to be the most ethical, authentic, and helpful organization when it comes to creativity and children dealing with medical illnesses. They are always available to answer questions, provide me with information, or make special exceptions to ensure the happiness of a child. For the 2008 Express Yourself show, many of the pediatric patients and siblings who entered artwork into the show communicated to me that they really wanted the hospital staff to be at the ArtWorks show. After discussing publicity ideas with ArtWorks, they sent me a large number of full-color posters to display throughout our hospital, specifically inviting our hospital employees and showcasing our patients' and siblings' artwork on the poster. Another examples of their commitment to their mission is how every single year, a few patients or siblings submit entries for the show after the deadline, and after ArtWorks has already come to pick up all the entries. Without hesitation, ArtWorks always makes exceptions and comes to pick up the additional entries within a day or two. Unfortunately a few of our patients who've participated in ArtWorks have passed away before the actual opening reception, and ArtWorks has always gone above and beyond to honor those children by posting a last-minute plaque by the child's artwork, and being proactive in how to reach out to the family in a sensitive and caring manner. If only every organization was run with the same degree of integrity, dedication, and heart!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of our patients and families. They provide the patients and families with something so wonderful and positive in the midst of the challenges and dispair of chronic, life-threatening illnesses.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their services by having additional Artists in Residence at various hospitals as well as outpatient clinics.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their ability to transform a child's self esteem through their work!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievably dedicated, honest, passionate, and incredibly helpful!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

seriously change the effects of pediatric illnesses on both patients and family members!

Ways to make it better...

Nothing could make my experience with this organization better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money constraints

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are truly amazing and everything a nonprofit should be!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I am the curator for The Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital's submissions to the annual ArtWorks Express Yourself NY show, and the Art Therapist who facilitates all of the Art Cart donations for our hospital from ArtWorks.