Dr. Cathy Cohen, ArtWell Education Director has brought together many of the same artists and community organizers to spearhead the next phase of this project.
continues to feel the impact of the original project and looks forward to using art and poetry once again to strengthen the community, "The seeds we planted are blossoming into a garden that bears the fruit of our friendship, understanding and common need for a healthy, growing community!"
Read how teaching artist Cathy Cohen is volunteering her time to make sure every child is on the same reading level.
A crowd of students rush down the hallway towards teaching artist Cathy Cohen, knocking into each other as they wrap her in a big group hug, breathlessly asking her, "Are you coming to our classroom today?"
When Cathy smiles, her
It is easy to see why her
students love her
has a gentle voice, and warmth about her
that invites people in.
wanted to be a teacher at the age of 15 when she
45 years later, with a doctorate in learning differences from Northwestern University, and thousands of teaching hours under her belt, Cathy still feels the calling to inspire and mentor children.
Cathy joined ArtWell in our third year and the match was magical.
brought a wealth of expertise in poetry and teaching, as well as amazing relationships with partners of diverse faiths and cultures.
In response, Cathy
began volunteering to tutor several students every Tuesday and Friday, and enlisted three other adults to help.
Together, they have created an intimate support system where the kids feel comfortable sharing, exploring, making mistakes, and learning.
developed guidelines for the group that foster kindness, and encourage the students to take risks within the safety of the group.