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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.
ArtWorks Programs Include:
- Express Yourself - a creative and performing art exhibition which creates a unique, safe and supportive environment where children share their stories of strength, courage, hope, loss and survival through art, music, song, dance and poetry.
- Traveling Art Show - a unique mobile art gallery that sustains the longevity of Express Yourself exhibitions by visiting each participating hospital and local art galleries throughout the year.
- Surprise!Supplies - art supplies distributed to patients in the hospital in custom designed mobile art carts. These supplies keep patients and their siblings busy creating while anticipating a long day in treatment or accompanying a sibling to a procedure.
- Intensive CAIR (Creative Artists In Residence) - multi-disciplinary quality art workshops taught by professional artists in the hospital setting that provide stimulating and empowering experiences for patients, families and hospital staff.
Hospitals and healthcare agencies in the New York Metropolitan area have come to depend on ArtWorks to provide their patients with the tools and motivation to awaken the creative spirit that enhances their lives and their time spent in and out of the hospital. ArtWorks ultimately provides children with the opportunity to channel their feelings and energy through a host of creative outlets, inspiring confident and creative young people.
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