Caring Arts

Caring Arts

Art Heals
Art has the power to heal. Research studies have shown how participation in the arts contributes to higher quality of life of cancer patients by improving coping resources, self-esteem, and mental and physical health.

The Caring Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emotional support to Chicago-area cancer patients and their families. Our mission is to facilitate and encourage expression and healing through music, fine art, journaling, photography, and other creative disciplines.

Join us for an event, sponsor an activity, or learn more about how Caring Arts Programs are enhancing the lives of children, adults, and their families living with cancer in the Chicago area.

Grace: A Documentary
Movie Grace

Sun-Times journalist, Mary Mitchell (left), questions discussion panelists, (l-r) Rachel Pikelny, Dr. Janine Mullady, Tattoo artist, David Allen, and Grace Lombardo

Caring Arts recently sponsored a very special showing of a new documentary film entitled, "Grace.” The film was directed & produced by Oak Park filmmaker, Rachel Pikelny, a breast cancer survivor. The film follows Grace Lombardo, a 36-year-old breast cancer survivor and mother of three, as she decides to use the artistry of breast tattoos to reclaim her body following a double mastectomy.

The film was shown at Pleasant Home Foundation in Oak Park, and was followed by a panel discussion with Grace; Rachel; Chicago tattoo artist, David Allen, who is also in the film; Dr Janine Gauthier-Mullady, a clinical health psychologist and Caring Arts Board member; and moderated by journalist Mary Mitchell of the Sun-Times, also a breast cancer survivor. Caring Arts musicians, Bill & Petar, performed during a cocktail reception following the film and discussion.

The film was featured on the local CBS News, and Chicago Tribune featured a story on the film and David Allen’s work with breast cancer survivors.

Watch the CBS feature here:

Read the Chicago Tribune story here:

Rachel Pikelny introduces the film  
Grace movie  
Event attendees watch the film, “Grace”  

A reception following the film showing at the beautiful Pleasant Home mansion in Oak Park, with live music provided by Caring Arts





“There is a Hindu Blessing which reads:

‘May God gift you with all the Colors of Life… Colors of Joy… Colors of Happiness… Colors of Friendship… Colors of Love… and all other Colors you want to paint into your life.’

Your artists bring this blessing to light
every time they come to Children's Hospital.”

— Mary Fiorito
Parent-to-Parent Coordinator, Children’s Hospital

Twinkle Twinkle Challenge
Our Caring Arts musicians, Bill & Petar, created their own version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and performed it with patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital to celebrate the Caring Arts’s 15th Anniversary, and to raise awareness for the healing power of creativity. Make a donation using the button above and bring more music and art to Chicagoland cancer patients.
Caring Arts Photography
View a Day of Caring Arts photography at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago in this video produced by The Daily Herald. See our Program page for more info.
Caring Arts Music
View one of our musical performances at University of Chicago Hospital’s new Center for Care & Discovery in Chicago.
Amazon Smiles on Caring Arts
Are you an Amazon shopper? If so, you can help raise money for Caring Arts just by shopping. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to Caring Arts and it’s so easy! On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Simply go to Sign in with your regular Amazon Log in, or create a new account if you don’t have one. Type In Caring Arts under “Choose a Charity” and you’ll see us pop up. Choose Caring Arts Foundation, and shop away! It’s that simple. All your future purchases will benefit Caring Arts as long as you log in through AmazonSmile. You use the same account on both and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same, but you must log in through AmazonSmile for Caring Arts to get a donation. Amazon will remember your charity selection, so every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to Caring Arts. Shop ‘til you drop with AmazonSmile!

Caring Arts Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization registered with the state of Illinois FEIN 36-4378926. Your contribution is tax deductible and may also be eligible for matching funds from many corporations.
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