In her presentation, Ria Hawks will describe the art of SAORI weaving, and demonstrate how SAORI Arts NYC provides the opportunity for people of all ages, who experience developmental, physical or emotional challenges, to discover the joy and creative benefits of freestyle weaving. Stories and work of these SAORI weavers will be shared as examples of the ways SAORI is able to decrease stress and anxiety, while enhancing selfexpression and coping skills, all while creating woven art.
MEETING LOCATION: School of Visual Arts 133 West 21st Street between 6th and 7th Aves. Room 602C 1pm (Social Hour begins at 12 pm)
Ria Hawks was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of Columbia University Medical Center. Her focus was to provide children with palliative and curative care for cancer and life-threatening hematological diseases. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for integrative therapies, which included interventions that promoted healing. From this perspective, Ria is a founding member SAORI Arts NYC, a nonprofit organization, which provides the opportunity to people of all ages who experience developmental, physical or emotional challenges, to discover the joy and creative benefits of free-style weaving. SAORI ARTS NYC is a full circle for Ria. As a child, Ria enjoyed embroidery and needlepoint with her mother, as an adult she was drawn to nursing people, and now she embraces SAORI weaving to combine her passion for healing with the joy of creating pieces of art.