ArtWorks The Naomi Cohain Foundation

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Portrait, Peter Max 2002
(left to right- Ariella and Naomi Cohain)
ArtWorks provides children and young adults battling 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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.
By: Naomi

ArtWorks was inspired by the life of Naomi Cohain. A spirited teenager, Naomi loved music, jewelry making and spending time with her family and friends. Her spontaneity and joy were often reflected in the rich bursts of color found in her paintings and jewelry. In July of 1994, at the age of 14, Naomi was diagnosed with bone cancer. With her world suddenly diminished, Naomi found herself separated from friends and extended family. Her creative moments, shared with her art therapist, became more significant. She looked forward to creating new crafts, even as her strength ebbed, so that she could give them as gifts to those around her. Rather than falling victim to her illness, Naomi empowered herself by using her art as a vehicle for self-expression, an emotional outlet and a source of comfort. In February of 1995, Naomi passed away at the tender age of 15.

Naomi's artwork continues to remain a true reflection of who she was-very colorful, very alive, very much Naomi.

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