Empower Kids Through Art with Heart: Spotlight and Giveaway



Art with Heart is on a mission to help children overcome trauma through creative expression. Our five therapeutic activity books for children, wraparound curricula, and trainings allow us to reach the greatest possible reach by using the “train the trainer” model.

Our books, including Draw It Out, Ink About It, Magnificent Marvelous Me!, and Chill & Spill, help children process complicated feelings while identifying their support systems and building a vocabulary that supports their emotions. The books are research-based, integrating narrative, cognitive behavioral, and art therapy with social and emotional learning strategies.

Art with Heart Collage.jpgAnd while we’re proud of the research and therapeutic background that’s gone into all the work we do, the best part is that all of this is opaque to children. They enjoy working through the pages, thinking about their own experiences, and considering the many and varied options for their futures. For many children, the book becomes a record of growth and transformation.

If you’d like to know more about Art with Heart, please email info@artwithheart.org or visit us on the web or through social media, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube. We’re available for training and consulting, and we’d love to hear from you!

To help spread the awareness of this amazing organization, we will be giving away a FREE copy of one of their books.


Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment on this post.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy, leave a comment and tag a friend on the post.
  3. Facebook: Follow Art with Heart and leave a comment on the post.
  4. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy and @Art_With_Heart
  5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy, Like and Tag a friend in the post.

Good Luck, winner will be chosen 11/21/16


ArtWorks The Naomi Cohain Foundation

Creative expression is an amazing way to help children and adolescents cope with challenges in their lives, especially when it comes to their health. Child life specialists use creative arts as a therapeutic intervention to help patients process their experience, gain control, build resiliency, and provide a sense of normalcy in a clinical setting.

I am excited to feature ArtWorks The Naomi Cohain Foundation on the blog today as they have been providing child life programs and patients with amazing service. I had the pleasure to work with ArtWorks while working in the hospital and was blown away by their dedication, professionalism, and empathy for our patients and families. I am sure you will feel that same way after reading about their program.

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“ArtWorks, founded in 2002, is a creative arts organization supporting children battling chronic and life-threatening conditions.  Partnering with over 50 hospitals and healthcare organizations, in New York and New Jersey, ArtWorks reaches over 20,000 young artists annually.  

ArtWorks The Naomi Cohain FoundationFocusing on building resiliency and celebrating the creativity within each child, ArtWorks offers several programs that are open to patients, and their siblings, 0-24 years old and is at no cost to them.  Express Yourself, hosted biannually in NY and NJ, offers an event to showcase the incredible talents of our community.  Young artists contribute their visual artwork, which is professionally hung and framed, as well as a performance artist,  present live with a  professional sound and lighting crew.  Close to 150 pieces of art and 25 performances are enjoyed by over 300 families and supporters.  Also at the showcase are art activities, light refreshments and VIP offerings such as a red carpet and giveaways!  ArtWorks was founded with the first Express Yourself show and this past May we hosted our 25th show!  It is a joy for ArtWorks to welcome back participants every year and introduce new faces to our annual tradition!  After the show, masterpieces are often seen installed in hospitals and companies through the Traveling Art Show.  The Express Yourself shows demonstrate the importance of applauding the efforts of our artists, providing a sense of normalcy and bringing families together for something not medically invasive but amazingly heartwarming.

ArtWorkds Express YourselfOffering patients and families the venue to share their talents is important to ArtWorks but so is providing the tools to create.  The Surprise!Supplies program has launched 32 art carts in 26 hospitals.  These one of a kind pieces of fine craftsmanship, stand about three feet tall and house a full array of artist implements.  From crayons, paper and scissors to craft kits, modeling clay and glitter glue, every cart is replenished three times a year and can be utilized day or night!  Decorated by world-renowned pop artist, Ed Heck, each cart has a custom design that is hospital compliant and a bright staple in so many hospital units.  Volunteers throughout the county have gotten involved by holding art supply collections to contribute to these vibrant carts evoking happiness and creative thought!  Anyone can host a drive year around and no supplies are too small or too great!  When giving these resources, ArtWorks is reminded how often the right instrument can inspire a world of distraction from pain and isolation and world of imagination! 

ArtWorks Collage ArtWorks’ newest program is the Intensive Creative Artist in Residence “ICAIR” Program, introducing professional working artist into hospitals.  Screened, trained and insured artists are able to work both beside with patients and families as well as in small groups.  The current roster of artists includes beatboxers, storytellers, animators, photographers, graffiti artists, percussionists, muralists and so much more!  Each ICAIR residency is custom fit for the uniqueness of the facility and is built be an extension of the child life teams.  Some assignments are a summer series of six workshops and others have been a consistent weekly presence for four years!  

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 With .89 for every dollar raised, ArtWorks ensures that their resources are directly going to the young artist we serve.  Making a huge impact in programs with limited child life staff or providing a value add to robust hospital teams, ArtWorks can meet the creative goals and impact positive change in any pediatric setting.  To learn more about ArtWorks, check out www.artworksfoundation.org or contact them at 201.608.0146.  ArtWorks Executive Director, Amy Sokal, shares “Partnering with leaders in the parenting and child life space, like Shani of Child Life Mommy, allow us to evolve with our partners and stay current on trends and important expansions that will help in sharing the healing power of the arts!” 

Don’t Mess with this Superhero: DIY Superhero Cape

Every kid loves to dress up as a superhero and every superhero needs a cape.

Here is a simple way to create a cape at home, school or in the hospital.

Child life specialists this is an excellent way to help kids feel safe during procedures, fight the bad germs and get through those challenging times of being hospitalized.

  1. You need an apron and fabric paint

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       2. Cut the side strings off and cut the neck sting in the middle.

       3. Paint, create and have fun

        4. After it dries than it’s play time!