At the height of the pandemic’s wrath, New York Life and Cigna’s foundations founded the Brave of Heart Fund to provide financial and emotional support for the families of frontline workers and volunteers. Now, as we continue our efforts to honor and provide for those so deeply affected by the pandemic the Brave of Heart Fund has partnered with ARTHOUSE.NYC to launch the Hero Art Project, an exhibit of 29 rotating portraits of healthcare workers who died fighting COVID-19.  The public art installation is displayed in five windows on the ground floor at the Southeast corner of our Home Office at 51 Madison Avenue and runs from September 27th to October 25th.  If you can’t attend in person the portraits will be visible in an online gallery on the Brave of Heart site through end of year.

The Hero Art Project honors healthcare workers and volunteers who gave their lives saving the lives of others. It pairs members of ARTHOUSE.NYC’s artistic community with family members of healthcare workers to create portraits of these heroes to celebrate their lives, sacrifices and legacies. Each family was able to select the artist and art style that they felt most represented the spirit of their loved one.

“The Hero Art Project helps the public learn more about the courageous and selfless frontline healthcare workers who have passed away from COVID-19”- Heather Nesle

“The Hero Art Project helps the public learn more about the courageous and selfless frontline healthcare workers who have passed away from COVID-19,” said Heather Nesle, President of the New York Life Foundation. “We want people to be able to see the faces of those individuals who passed, to commemorate them, and honor the loved ones they left behind. We are also committed to continuing to spread the word about the Brave of Heart Fund so all those families who have been impacted can get the financial assistance they deserve and we encourage all those families to apply.”

Applications for the fund will be accepted through December 31, 2021.


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New York Life Insurance Company
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