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Kids & Art Foundation

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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

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Kids & Art from the very beginning. It was my mom who started Kids & Art and at the time, I didn't really understand much about it. But after seeing all the kids who come in, they always leave with a smile and something to remember. I will definitely continue to volunteer and anyone reading this review who wants to help, should do the same.

Jade Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to Kids & Art as a volunteer and blogger hearing from a friend (volunteer artist) of the inspiring and safe place provided. Nearly a year with Kids & Art, meeting the families and seeing the faces of the children light up, you realize really who wouldn't? With melting crayons, paint on your hands, and the power to create your world, Kids & Art provides a memorable experience to be shared with the child, siblings, family, and their community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Kids & Art as an artist. It was an incredible experience. I think Kids & Art created for the kids as well as their parents the best an artist could offer - an oasis of peace and vibrant creativity, an escape into a world that is free and filled with possibilities. I saw the kids not as patients but as artists, and they responded by eagerly getting to the projects, sharing, through paintings on tiles, their passions for favorite animals, their quirky minds by drawing fun subject matters an using their imagination, by connecting to the world through a different language,the language of color and shape.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son passed away after six courageous years of fighting leukemia. During this time, art became a big part of his life and a means of empowerment and self-expression. Kids & Art gave him an opportunity to create and smile even when he was in the hospital or between chemotherapies. Now some of the art work he created are the most precious memories we have of him. Thank you for the very important work you are doing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kids and Art is a fantastic non profit charity that makes an actual difference on the ground. They don't only work with children affected by cancer but also provide the support to siblings and family members which is exceptionally important and effective. For example their workshops in the hospital waiting room is an amazing idea as they help keep kids and families occupied alleviating any anxiety associated with waiting between treatments or appointments. The charity continues to be creative and innovative and I am confident it will go from strength to strength.

M shah

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kids and Art is an incredible organization that reaches out to kids, and their families, who need the support of the entire village to cope with the most serious and devastating health challenges. It truly gives an opportunity for these special people to have a safe haven of creativity and "normalcy" in the midst of their lives, which are filled with medical treatments, hospitals, unknowns, searches for cures, hopes, set backs, and much much more.

Once you experience a child or family going through this challenge you never forget, and want to help in any way possible, with anything really ... and it all still feels like a drop in the bucket. Kids and Art is where one experiences the efforts of so many people whose sole goal is to bring beauty and creativity to their community. Once you see it, you always want to be among them making a difference.

It has been an honor to not only see this organization soar to become such an important resource in our community, but also to support the amazing efforts of so many selfless and tireless supporters. After all, it does take a village, the entire village.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the honor of working with Kids & Art for the period during its inception. My time with Kids & Art was a defining and rewarding period in my life. It was extremely touching seeing the artists and children work so closely together. They shared a creative connection that produced unique pieces of artwork. The children and artists equally inspired each other. Their symbiotic friendships were depicted in the outcome of their magical art creations.

I saw the children enjoying themselves, as their minds were preoccupied with creating. Some of the children were so surprised that they had an artistic talent. They were proud of their finished pieces and were encouraged to continue creating art in their future.

The organization has grown tremendously in the years and has expanded its outreach. K&A continues to touch many people's lives.