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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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an artist volunteer, I enjoyed helping Kids & Art Foundation. This organization is made of dedicated and big hearted people. It is such joy when I see a smile on the face of a child making an Art project before going to a cancer treatment. The children forget for a while their illness. Wonderful events are offered by Kids & Art Foundation to the children, their families as well as the artists. Thank you, Cécile

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the Art Gallery Coordinator at the San Mateo Public Library, I was able to work with Kids & Art Foundation to provide a venue for them to exhibit the art created by the participants in the program. Everyone who saw the exhibit was very impressed with the work on display and greatly moved by the organization's mission.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am one of the artist volunteers for Kids and Art foundation. I can testify as an artist that working with this organization Is fulfilling and inspiring. The kids who participate seem to forget all their burdens and worries and just for that art making session be just creative kids. The artist are being inspired by the ability of the kids to rise and create despite of life and death problems they have. It's a win-win situation!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering a year ago with Kids & Art. I had recently retired from my career in health care working with oncology patients & now doing my watercolor art full time. When I learned of Kids & Art, it was a perfect coming together of my background & love for art. Little did I know what joy it would bring to me at this time in my life. Joy in seeing children & parents stepping away from the anxiety of their situation & enjoying some moments of creation, silliness, and peace.

1 Ileana F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've enjoyed volunteering with Kids & Art. The kids and parents that they serve are always so thankful for the programming and the staff is wonderful to work with.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been wonderful to work with! They are very organized and supportive and truly want to offer something meaningful, fun and inspiring to the children and their parents in the hospital waiting room. I have had only good experiences working with them and am so happy that they exsit!!!

1 Katherine R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an exuberant and energetic corps of volunteers, all-ages welcome at Kids & Art . I'm impressed with the people I've worked alongside and of course our founder, both by their talent and accomplishments and by their warmth. We come together to collaborate on projects of all kinds, and we help spread our common concern to others through a culture of kindness—focusing on families with children touched by cancer.

I'm impressed as well with the growth and expansion we’ve seen of late in working out the kinks and developing better systems for training and preparing volunteers for each of our weekly waiting room workshops/clinic visits. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing the workshop teams—scheduling, finding the right people, making sure they know where to go, how to follow hospital procedures, and how to interact with this special population inside a healthcare facility. In our destination workshops, organization is key, as well, and these community events, take a lot of coordination smarts and logistical intelligence, too, which our coordinator and founder pull off super well. (Commendable, really!)

After three and a half years of being one of many signing up at local art spaces for destination workshops, casually at first, for the destination workshops, then with a little more commitment and training as an artist assistant at Lucile Packard hospital, and more recently at the UCSF Benioff children's hospital in San Francisco, I've seen a lot of adorable little hands and sweet children. Most seem so happy just to be presented with the opportunity to do something else than sit anxiously. We go into oncology outpatient waiting rooms at the medical facilities and are there to help make the time before procedures a little easier.

It is always interesting to see what K&A artists bring; whatever it is, the kids make what they want--it really doesn't matter. What matters is that they become engaged in art making. Part of the interest is seeing what they come up with when given the materials.

It feels like being a pop up art shop; but there you are in an oncology clinic waiting room, which sounds heavy but it isn't really something you dwell on. You are there to help transform that space. You are there to somehow soften the mood, and you know you are in a real life situation with kids facing something really hard, but it ends up for the most part being light, playful and convivial. Kids like to make art; we are there to encourage them to indulge in free-spirited expressiveness.

So, with this, I'd say that all participants –even the volunteers--in the Kids & Art workshops get a little soulful boost from being there together. It's about building something in common, it’s about collaborating--with the kids at the table, with the community of Bay Area art organizations and community volunteers that come on board; and over time, we build relationships based on each person being an individual giving something and getting something.

This is the soul of what Kids & Art does, and I've always found it a joy to be in on it. Those who find solace in the arts really do find a kind of kindred connection with us, it seems. And, even those who aren't 'arty' get to feel better helping out with the many tasks that go into putting on these workshops. Emphasis on many!

This is a good group of people trying to do good and doing so with modest resources, so I've been pleased that the K&A team is growing and that they are being more recognized in their field and in the Bay Area.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids and Art comes to the children's hospital waiting room with art supplies and projects so children and their families can have a bit of joy during their medical journey. I feel privileged to volunteer and serve this organization. The art experiences I get to share with these children and their families is a real gift.

2 Helen Cole L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been helping with Kids & Art for almost 10 years. I am always inspired by the courage of the children and the generosity of the artists and volunteers. I leave each session with a sense of fulfillment and inner peace that I have contributed this amazing organization. Kids & Art truly touch the lives of not only the children they serve, but the parents, siblings, care circle, volunteers and donors.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids and Art is an amazing organization that focuses on the well-being and spirit of a child along with their care circle. It is refreshing to see an organization that recognizes the whole child and not just the disease. They realize that in order to successfully beat any illness, one needs to be mentally and emotionally strong and needs to include the care circle as well. Kids and Art give a sense of being normal to kids who are struggling for survival. Their workshops and unlike any others where kids work side by side with the artists doing some incredible projects from painting to glass work to fashion. The added plus is that the workshops are held in really cool places like Pixar, and Google to name a couple and are put on by people who really care and who want to be a positive force in a child's life.
The UCSF and Lucile Packard waiting room workshops are god-sent for parents. There is not better way to relieve anxiety and the stress of an oncology appointment than by having a creative outlet.
I have seen the positive impact Kids and Art makes in peoples lives and I only wish for our medical establishments to adopt such integrated care of well-being in all of health care.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids & Art Foundation is a great program that gives pediatric cancer patients and their families amazing experiences in different venues throughout the Bay Area! The patients and their siblings get to participate and create fun and creative art projects. The kids always get to take something home to remember their fun -filled day. With so many difficult days of hospital stays, surgeries and treatments. It is so special to be in this wonderful positive environment creating art!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel honored to be part of this incredible organization which makes such a difference to kids and their families who have been touched by cancer. Being part of the Kids & Art workshops in the hospital waiting rooms is an amazing experience. To see how much the kids enjoy being creative during a visit to the hospital is wonderful. I witness how it improves their experience of the hospital visit and contributes to their wellbeing. The Kids & Art team and artists are a great group to share these experiences with.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time volunteering for this amazing organization, Kids & Art. It is not always easy but it is always very rewarding. We were decorating pumpkins, bats, witch hats, etc as we are getting close to Halloween. Our students were loving it and felt very engaged with the projects. We make it fun for them and it's a very interactive class. Yesterday we had a mom & a grandma giving us very good creative tips. They were telling us what a good time they had with us, and how good the art making was for them, rather than sitting in the lonely and stressful waiting room. I can't wait for my next class with Kids & Art. Thanks!

4

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!

4

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."

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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.

Review from #MyGivingStory

4 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.

1 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!

1 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.