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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Kids & Art for the last 10 months and it has been an amazing experience! We go into local hospitals to do art projects with children who have cancer. I look forward to going to the workshops because the kids are sweet and the parents tell the most amazing stories. It is a real privilege to be able to bring these creative experiences to these children because it helps make their day easier. The people who run Kids & Art are so kind and they encourage you to bring in your own ideas too! I’m so glad I found Kids & Art!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I am both a cancer survivor and an artist, so volunteering and helping families for the Kids & Art Foundation is a natural opportunity. The long wait for test results or treatment was always the most difficult time for me, and to be able to bring art and a bit of magic directly to these kids is truly amazing. The noise and stress of the hospital literally disappears as the kids and their families enjoy the projects, and laugh and create together. The personal connection and pure joy from the families, as well as the reward for inspiring young artists gives back over and over again."

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
Once diagnosed, everyday life is turned upside down for the child and family.
Average length of treatment is at least 2-3 years.
Approximately 6 children die daily.

Studies show arts and creative expression improve the well-being of cancer patients and their care circles.

The Kids & Art Foundation is a nonprofit organization that teams up professional artists with families facing pediatric cancer for art experiences at treatment centers and unique destinations for creativity to improve their well-being during treatment, as survivors, and in bereavement.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids and Art is a fantastic cause with a purpose so unconditional. Something as simple as 'being there' for the kids with cancer and giving a sense of empowerment and therapy in the form of art is a cause worthy of support. Great job!!

Jeannette6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization. My daughter and I are proud to help support Kids & Art. They had a terrific day in San Mateo at Summerfest. We were proud to be volunteers. Please donate or find time to volunteer towards this effort. Cancer touches all of us....art helps to heal.
~ Jeannette Simmons Jr.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I reported via blog and San Mateo Patch on their workshop events, once held for bereaved families at a Art Coop studio in RWC and another time for the young artists, a popular workshop held at Google. At each of the workshops, I was struck by the positive energy of hope and faith - of light despite the perceived darkness of battles they are waging with a deadly disease that afflicts so many. I think all of us have been affected directly or know somebody who too is fighting for survival against this disease. So we can come to appreciate a service organization like this that truly serves with compassion and kindness. Through art and sometimes through other mediums such as poetry, their workshops get to the core of serving the needs of kids and their families affected by cancer, while giving the local artists the opportunity to be involved in the educational process. When kids are absorbed by the creative undertaking at hand, there's an avenue for relief as they are reminded of the joy in living in the moment to moment. That's the best gift one can give to those brave kids fighting for their life. This is a great organization that really meets each kid at where they are at.

Maureen43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with Kids&Art. It is such a great foundation that brings beautiful creativity to children and families battling cancer. The workshops Kids&Art hosts bring a small respite to these families and at the same time creates lasting memories. The founders of K&A are just truly wonderful people, committed to making a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our company sought a charity to support and partner with for a one-time event. After researching and talking with a list of non-profits we selected Kids & Art Foundation for a variety of reasons: passion, commitment, service, dedication, and the impact currently being made but with some help could expand to deliver their vision and mission even further. While we thought that this may be a one-time event, I do believe we will be looking at future opportunities throughout the company as they present themselves. Personally, I know that I will be supporting them with time, talent, or treasure in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids & Art is a great organization. My son has been attending Kids & Art workshops for over a year. These workshops have helped kindle a love for painting and art which has helped him get through some very difficult days during his treatment. The experience has been very encouraging and healing. My son looks forward to Kids and Art events every month. Thanks to all the artist volunteers and organizers- you are making a difference in our children’s lives!! I am so touched by this organization that I have started volunteering with them too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very thankful that I found Kids and Art, or that Kids and Art found me. I started as a guest artist painting with kids touched by cancer. It was deeply moving to see kids forget about their dreaded disease and enjoy being a happy normal kid expressing and creating on canvases. I now volunteer as a program director coordinating artists with children. I am honored to be with a organization that makes a difference in the lives of children and their families.