ArtWorks is an organization that serves children and young adults suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. It gives them 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.
Every November, ArtWorks holds an event called Express Yourself, an exhibition of fine and performing arts. It’s 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.
As part of a musical presentation on November 17, a group of Matheny students and patients, who call themselves the Matheny Muses, performed “Some Nights” by the indie pop group Fun for all the children and families gathered for the event, held at the Montclair Art Museum. The Muses are participants in Matheny’s music therapy program, which uses various types of music to help develop students’ and patients’ cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills.