Caring Arts

Caring Arts

Art Heals
Art has the power to heal. Research studies have shown how participation in the arts contributes to higher quality of life of cancer patients by improving coping resources, self-esteem, and mental and physical health.

The Caring Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emotional support to Chicago-area cancer patients and their families. Our mission is to facilitate and encourage expression and healing through music, fine art, journaling, photography, and other creative disciplines.

Join us for an event, sponsor an activity, or learn more about how Caring Arts Programs are enhancing the lives of children, adults, and their families living with cancer in the Chicago area.

Farewell 2015, Hello 2016

St Peter Finale
“A Very Classical Blast Christmas” at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chicago. L-r: Jimmy Chaos, Bill Syniar, Stephanie Tonnemacher, Olivia Ports, Dave Kelly, David Kav, Petar Kecenovici and Phil Balsano (not shown)

Caring Arts celebrated its 15th Anniversary last year. Before we move into plans for this year, we thought we’d offer a look back at a most interesting year.

We ended our Anniversary Year with a celebration: a beautiful benefit concert shared with donors, caregivers and, more significantly, patients and their family members. The “Very Classical Blast Christmas” concert at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chicago provided the backdrop for wonderful music, performed by two of our Caring Arts musicians, Foundation president Phil Balsano, members of Classical Blast and their friends. Teenager and budding musician Olivia Ports, a patient we met at Lurie Children’s Hospital, joined the band on stage in a moving version of Twinkle Little Star-turned-Christmas carol. Many of our donors who were unable to attend purchased tickets to give to patients, providing an opportunity for patients, family members and caregivers we’ve met at the hospitals to join the party. A number of members of Gilda’s Club were there too for a joyous evening of music & camaraderie during the Christmas season.

Enjoy this video of the Christmas show finale at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church:

Our "Creativity for Healing" workshop has been presented to cancer patients at Northwestern University Hospital, to med students at Loyola School of Medicine, and most recently to the general public at the National Shrine of Mother Cabrini in Chicago. The interactive workshop encourages attendees to overcome their fear of judgement to make use of their own creative power and tap into its healing properties. Live music, creative imagery, coloring and singing are all a part of the fun!

We reprised our popular Arts in a Garden event this year at the beautiful home and gazebo garden of board member Dr. Janine Gauthier & Patrick Mullady. A lovely afternoon of appetizers, wine, music, fine art and great conversation on a beautiful fall afternoon helped raise money for Caring Arts programming.

A special benefit presentation of the popular interactive comedy show “Late Night Catechism," hosted by playwright Vicki Quade, raised funds for Caring Arts AND provided an afternoon of laughter for everyone in attendance, including a number of patients. The audience was “put to the test” in a classroom setting filled with laughter. Just what the doctor ordered!

We kicked off 2015 with a Valentine’s celebration of swing music and dancing to Swing Forward & friends at the River Grove Moose Lodge. Our fearless foundation leader, Phil Balsano, and his band of merry musicians had everyone at the lodge jumpin' and jivin’ on a Sunday afternoon, all to benefit Caring Arts.

All these events help fund our real work to bring the healing of music and art to local cancer patients, but we also view the events themselves as part of our mission as patients and family members are always invited to share in the fun. Everybody wins! That's how we like to do things at Caring Arts!

A very special thank you to all of you that help to support out work throughout the year. You are with us in spirit each and every time we paint, craft or perform with and for patients. Let’s keep spreading the healing power of the arts. It’s just good medicine!

Caring Arts Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization registered with the state of Illinois FEIN 36-4378926. Your contribution is tax deductible and may also be eligible for matching funds from many corporations.
Sugarplum Fairie dance  
The Sugarplum Fairy made an appearance at the Classical Blast Christmas concert, disguised as Charlotte Harris
Gilda's Club members  
Gilda’s Club members, Carmen Velez and Adriana Alonso enjoyed the Classical Blast concert, courtesy of donors who purchased tickets to gift others
Caring Arts musicians, Bill & Petar performed at the National Shrine of Mother Cabrini, as part of the Caring Arts Creativity Workshop

Late Night Catechism
"Late Night Catechism” playright, Vicki Quade, (second from left) poses with patients and actress, Pat Musker as Sister

Jordi Pedrola  
Jordi Pedrola paints the party at last fall’s Arts in a Gazebo Garden benefit  
“There is a Hindu Blessing which reads:

‘May God gift you with all the Colors of Life… Colors of Joy… Colors of Happiness… Colors of Friendship… Colors of Love… and all other Colors you want to paint into your life.’

Your artists bring this blessing to light
every time they come to Children's Hospital.”

— Mary Fiorito
Parent-to-Parent Coordinator, Children’s Hospital

Twinkle Twinkle Challenge
Our Caring Arts musicians, Bill & Petar, created their own version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and performed it with patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital to celebrate the Caring Arts’s 15th Anniversary, and to raise awareness for the healing power of creativity. Make a donation using the button above and bring more music and art to Chicagoland cancer patients.
Caring Arts Photography
View a Day of Caring Arts photography at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago in this video produced by The Daily Herald. See our Program page for more info.
Caring Arts Music
View one of our musical performances at University of Chicago Hospital’s new Center for Care & Discovery in Chicago
Amazon Smiles on Caring Arts
Are you an Amazon shopper? If so, you can help raise money for Caring Arts just by shopping. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to Caring Arts and it’s so easy! On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Simply go to Sign in with your regular Amazon Log in, or create a new account if you don’t have one. Type In Caring Arts under “Choose a Charity” and you’ll see us pop up. Choose Caring Arts Foundation, and shop away! It’s that simple. All your future purchases will benefit Caring Arts as long as you log in through AmazonSmile. You use the same account on both and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same, but you must log in through AmazonSmile for Caring Arts to get a donation. Amazon will remember your charity selection, so every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to Caring Arts. Shop ‘til you drop with AmazonSmile!


Global Parking

Global Airport Parking
Benefits Caring Arts!

If you travel, get easy, affordable GUARANTEED parking at O’Hare or Midway with Global Airport Parking... and benefit great causes. Caring Arts is one of them! Global Airport Parking is proud to partner with non-profits around the world to help build awareness and funds for their work. Each month Global features a different organization on their website, as part of their Global Change Initiative. Simply make a reservation and on the checkout page round up your reservation to the nearest dollar and donate the extra change to the charity of the month. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the featured company. Check their website for Caring Arts Month, or stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted!

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