THE HEALING HEARTS PROJECT

Opening Reception
Friday, September 4, 2020

NICOELLE COHEN

Nicoelle Danielle Cohen has a BFA from Pratt Institute with a major in Sculpture and a concentration in Jewelry Design and Painting. She resides in South Florida with her husband, son and their dog near beautiful Hollywood Beach.

Cohen’s Alma Mater is Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School class of 1995. She is an artist and an alumna of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. As an artist, she had the urge to use her visual voice after the school shooting at MSD in Parkland and wanted to do something to spread LOVE. She said she was shook up and sad and couldn’t even begin to imagine how the families, students, and teachers were feeling. On February 20, 2018, she put out a call on Facebook for handmade fabric hearts to help spread LOVE in a time of such deep sadness.

Cohen has received over 1,600 handmade fabric hearts from people across America. The hearts have been displayed in installations in Corvalis, Oregon; Burlington, Vermont; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; New Orleans, Lousiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Parkland, Coral Springs and Delray Beach, Florida.

After speaking directly with many of the participants who took the time to make the handcrafted hearts, many who Cohen said she has never met, they told her how making the hearts helped them heal, including students from MSD. Also speaking to the viewers of the Healing Hearts installation and seeing their reactions; some have cried, some take photos to send to their friends and share with family in other countries, some just want to touch the hearts and read the messages of love. Cohen said it has made her realize how much this project has the ability to help others around the country heal.

The end goal for the Healing Hearts Project is to continue spread love and support to all of the victims, the survivors, the families, the friends and the communities that are impacted by gun violence every single day, by using art and hearts as healing. With the outpouring of our global community participants creating handmade hearts and by bringing them together in an art installation we are using our collective voice to help continue the much needed conversation and discussion about common sense gun control around the country.