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Causes: Cancer

Mission: Kids & Art teams up children touched by cancer, their siblings, and caregivers with local artists. We focus on the NOW and support them by providing regular art sessions, for the child and their care circle during treatment, recovery and bereavement. Our mission is about empowerment, encouragement and creating memorable experiences because sometimes the art stays longer than the child.

Results: Last year we reached 35 In-Treatment Families, 12 Survivor Families, 5 Bereaved Families, and 17 CareCircle Families. We created with four different local hospitals.

Target demographics: children (from Age 5 - 18) & families touched by cancer

Direct beneficiaries per year: 35 In-Treatment Families, 12 Survivor Families, 5 Bereaved Families, and 17 CareCircle Families. We worked with four different local hospitals.

Geographic areas served: the Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: Free monthly art workshops for cancer families with local artists. We host our workshops at venues around the Bay Area such as Pixar Animation Studios, Google, local museums, and local art centers where we feel are inspiring to our families and take them out of the hospital setting. We also do go Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in their hematology/oncology waiting room and create art with the kids, siblings and families while they are waiting for their appointments. From November 2014 we partnered with Family House, a home away from home for UCSF Benioff pediatric cancer families. At Family House we bring art workshops, music therapy, and different wellness practices like breathing techniques, yoga movements for de-stressing, foot massages to help with the numbness caused by chemo, and more. Our focus is the NOW, while they are in treatment, living with cancer, balancing hospice, or grieving and bereavement.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 John417

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I love about Kids and Art is that it is from the heart and focuses on a forgotten part of a child's (and family's) journey through cancer - finding an outlet to express your emotions while finding that creativity that is in all of us. The spark of creating art, in ways that challenge a condition, focus on a hopeful future, or simply express ones inner self, can bring some light into an often trying period for the whole family. To see a kid's face light up as the display their finished work is amazing.

Shyamala B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a place to volunteer, a non-profit that made a difference for a cause close to my heart. I was very pleased to find Kids & Art Foundation a few months ago. I have met some amazing people and I am glad to have discovered this wonderfully managed organization. Volunteers of all ages carry the core values of this organization wherever they go and it is great to be a part of it. We make a difference in the lives of the families touched by pediatric cancer. Local artists community shares their tremendous support by volunteering here as well as teens from local schools and other professionals. They are constantly busy doing fun events for the pediatric cancer patients and their families to help them through healing arts. The energy at these events and the force with which they commit to their goals is nothing short of awe inspiring. I will continue to be a strong supporter and volunteer for this wonderful foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids & Art is an amazing nonprofit and I'm so grateful to be a part of it. There is so much intention in every program that's been developed to serve families experiencing pediatric cancer, and every time I work with them I am inspired. We get to bring joy and fun in the form of art projects to kids who really need and want to just explore, have fun and be a kid. Parents often participate too, and the workshops are grounding, and a stress relieving space to unwind and center. So glad to have found this beautiful nonprofit!

Joyce74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The opposite of despair is Creativity. Creativity is hopeful, powerful, and soothing. Children and families living with cancer need the healing power of art. With the support of Kids & Art, those impacted by cancer get to experience wholeness within themselves through creating and sharing as a community. Art Heals. We heal together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am blessed to be part of this organization and to have the opportunity to serve. As a volunteer helping at the workshops, my best moment at the most recent event was when I heard a little child scream out in joy "I love Kids&Art." To see such happiness in children and their families means everything. Thanks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have yet to come across a more wonderful and coherent foundation such as Kids & Art Foundation. The team is ambitious, dedicated, & supportive by all means. Their mission is solid & noble, its successes are evident through the smiles they bring the children they engage with. We cannot wait to co-create workshops together for the children & contribute to children's joy and happiness

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being associated with this amazing organization for the last few years. They are single minded in their mission to provide comfort and strength to children and families affected by cancer. I have volunteered at their weekend art workshoips, annual art auction and various other events and the committment and passion is like no other. I also value how they educate the larger community on how they can contribute both in person and kind to families going through the ordeal of cancer.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time I volunteer with Kids & Art, I become more in awe of what they do. The happiness and joy they bring to children with cancer, families affected by child cancer and even medical professionals working with childhood cancer is magnetic. Smiling is something many of us may take for granted, but smiles become more rare when you have childhood cancer in your life. Seeing the smilies on people who haven't smiled in ages is one of the greatest joys one can experience. I feel honored to be part of such an incredible organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids & Arts Foundation heals souls and spirits in a very special way. My daughter and I have been involved in a small capacity as part of this greater cause that focuses on healing through art. Seeing the spirits of the impacted kids and families genuinely come alive in the form of creative expression through art forms was deeply satisfying to my soul. Being part of the most recent workshop on 'Remembrance' was a journey of spiritual development for both of us, in our own ways, at our own pace. Thank you for providing the opportunity to service humanity!

1 pleyadee

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids and Art is a very special place. It is a place to heal the soul, thoughts and create new things. Children and art make Kids and Art is a unique and special for all those who have been touched by cancer. It is a place to share feelings, anxieties and to find the strength to keep fighting and to trust in the future .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization that provides the possibility that the children can express their concerns through art.
As a volunteer, I feel grateful that I can help kids find a time to create and share good memories with us, friends and their families. For me the most important moment is when I can see in their faces a smile. Thank you!!