News From Ramaz
Nevo Afek is a nineteen-year old, Israeli artist with severe visual impairment, who at the age of two was diagnosed with high functioning autism. With his strong will and uncompromising determination, Nevo has turned every obstacle into an opportunity.
Recently, Nevo and his family were hosted by the Israeli Mission to the UN and Ambassador Danny Danon. Juniors Sophie D., Jonah L., and Ayelet M. attended the exhibition at the UN, and were overwhelmed and humbled by the event. They hoped that somehow the Afek family could visit with us at Ramaz before returning to Israel, and they did!
Students from three 11th grade Hebrew classes and a 9th grade art class met with the Afek family, and learned about Nevo's amazing talents and courage from his Savta and his sisters, Goni and Noga. Special thanks to Ms. Barak, Hebrew Language Chair, and Hebrew Language Faculty members, Ms. Haham and Ms. Sole-Zier, for preparing their students for this special mifgash with Nevo.
Ms. Rabhan, Director of the Art Department, welcomed the Afek family to the art studio where they were given the opportunity to see the work of our students, and they discussed the power of imagery. It took only a few minutes for senior Sasson L. to draw Nevo into experimenting with virtual reality. Nevo was excited and donned the headset and in an instant was drawing with life-size three-dimensional brush strokes.
Despite his failing eyesight, Nevo believes that one must not hide, but rather find the path of self-expression and communication, and his message resonated with our students. Nevo's paintings reflect a beautiful celebration of life, they emphasize the victory of one's spirit, and we were inspired and in awe of his spirit of self-determination.
To learn more about Nevo, please click HERE.