Caring Arts

Thriving Partnerships
We partner with hospitals that are home to the highest rated cancer programs in the nation, in addition to similar centers of cancer support that share in our mission.

Gilda’s Club Chicago
No one has to face cancer alone. Gilda’s Club Chicago offers FREE programs for men, women, children, and their families and friends whose lives have been impacted by any kind of cancer. Their mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. A partner since 2001, Caring Arts provides arts and painting at Gilda’s Club Chicago’s main clubhouse every Saturday and music as part of their hospital outreach at Northwestern.

TLC Camp, Lombard
Togetherness Through Love & Caring (TLC) is a week long Summer Day Camp for children living with cancer and their siblings. The Caring Arts Foundation has sponsored a day of activities and outings for TLC campers each year since 2004.

Lurie Children’s Hospital
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago ranks as one of the top children's hospitals nationwide in latest U.S. News & World Report ranking. Children’s hospitals that made the Honor Roll were awarded this distinction because they scored high in at least three specialties. Lurie Children’s has five specialties in the top 10, including Urology, Kidney Diseases, Gastroenterology, Cancer and Orthopedics. Caring Arts has provided art and music programming at the hospital’s oncology clinic since 2002.

Rush University Hospital
The Rush University Hospital’s Cancer Center provides leading-edge, comprehensive, compassionate care for the treatment of a wide array of cancers. Its programs are approved by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer receives this special approval. Caring Arts regularly provides art and music at various units of the hospital.

University of Chicago Medical Center
Consistently ranked among the top cancer programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, University of Chicago offers more than 200 cancer specialists, innovative treatments, leading-edge research, and clinical trials not available elsewhere. Caring Arts provides art and music at various units of the hospital. Caring Arts regularly provides art and music at the Center for Care & Discovery; Duchoissois Center for Advance Medicine; and at Comer Children’s Hospital.

Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center

Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center is a cancer support community in Aurora, located across from the Rush-Copley Medical Center. Waterford Place offers a welcoming space with an array of programs to provide comfort, understanding, support, and information for those in any stage of treatment or survivorship, as well as their loved ones, all at no cost to members. Caring Arts programming includes mixed media art classes twice a month, as well as  interactive Family Night activities the first Tuesday of each month.

Wellness House, Hinsdale
In 1990, Wellness House started with a single mission: to better the lives of people living with cancer and the people close to them. Today, they offer a variety of programs and services — exercise classes, nutrition seminars, support groups, and more — that complement the treatment from doctors and specialists. It’s a whole-person approach to healing, and it’s offered at no cost to patients and their families. Caring Arts partners with Wellness House to provide arts classes at their home base in Hinsdale, as well as by provide Expressive Arts programming as part of their outreach at cancer centers  like University of Illinois Health, MacNeal Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, Mercy Hospital and others.

Gilda's Club
A young woman comtemplates her painting during a session at Gilda's Club Chicago.

TLC Camp
Friendship and fun abound at TLC Camp, where no one is an outsider because of cancer.
Lurie Children's Hospital
Bill receives rapt attention as he serenades a patient at Lurie Children's Hospital.

Rush U Hospital
A waiting area at Rush University Hospital's Cancer Center fills with music as families enjoy a guitar duet.
A husband and wife share creative time together and with friends at the Caring Arts Mixed Media Arts program at Wellness House in Hinsdale
“I received many positive comments (by both patients and providers) about the music and how uplifting it was.  It’s a wonderful addition to the cancer center space. We are so grateful for your willingness to spend the mornings with us and help to create a healing environment for our patients and staff.”

— Janine E Gauthier, PhD
Director, Cancer Integrative Medicine Program
Psychosocial Oncology Assistant Professor
Rush University Medical Center

Caring Arts at Gilda’s Club
Caring Arts has partnered with Gilda’s Club Chicago for over 15 years. This video, produced by Gilda’s, features the Caring Arts Program at the club and its importance to one club member.
TLC Camp 2007
A typical week at TLC Camp during their 25th Anniversary year
Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center
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