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.
Caring Arts Brings Cheer to Alas-Wings
Alas Wings is the Latina Association for Breast Cancer in Chicago. The organization is dedicated to empowering Hispanic-Latina women and their families faced with breast cancer, through education and support services specifically tailored to them and operating out of a number of facilities throughout Chicagoland. Caring Arts has brought the healing power of the creative arts to the group through painting and through music & song, most recently over the holidays. http://alas-wings.org
Finding Light on the Dark Side
Local band, Classical Blast, launched a new holiday show this year called “Dark Side of the Yule," and Caring Arts donors generously provided tickets for a concert at the Copley Theater in Aurora, so families dealing with cancer could attend. The concert show mashes classical, classic rock and traditional Christmas music into a delightful blend of holiday theatrics. Many patients from the new Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center at Rush-Copley Medical Center attended the show. Caring Arts plans to work with the Waterford Center to provide more creative support services to patients & families there in the future. www.rushcopley.com/waterford-place
Caring Arts Photo Day Always Brings Smiles
Our Caring Arts photo team brought their studio, cameras and costumes to Lurie Children’s Hospital for anther popular photo day, to provide holiday dress-up photos for kids and families there. Kids and their family choose a costume to wear (or not if they prefer) and Caring Arts provides a full compliment of prints to the families. Costumes and backdrops change with the season. The smiles? Well, they’re always beautiful.
Caring Artist, Jordi Pedrola (center rear) brought his pots of paint for Latina women at Erie Family Health Center to try their hand at painting. The lovely works of art speak volumes, as do the smiles!
Caring Arts musicians, (rear) Javier Martin’ Lopez, Petar Kecenovici & Bill Syniar lead a holiday sing-along of Spanish Christmas songs at a Alas-Wings meeting at Illinois Masonic Hospital
Classical Blast’s “Dark Side of the Yule” concert featured musical mashes like “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” including an appearance by the Sugarplum Fairy
“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 smile.amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com 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!
Global Airport Parking
Benefits Caring Arts!
If you travel, get easy, affordable GUARANTEED parking at O’Hare or Midway with Global Airport Parking... and benefit great causes. Caring Arts is one of them! Global Airport Parking is proud to partner with non-profits around the world to help build awareness and funds for their work. Each month Global features a different organization on their website, as part of their Global Change Initiative. Simply make a reservation and on the checkout page round up your reservation to the nearest dollar and donate the extra change to the charity of the month. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the featured company. Check their website for Caring Arts Month, or stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted!
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.