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.

Meet our new partner: Waterford Place
Caring Arts began programming this spring at the Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, a cancer support community in Aurora, located across from the Rush-Copley Medical Center. Waterford Place offers a welcoming space with an array of programs to provide comfort, understanding, support, and information for those in any stage of treatment or survivorship, as well as their loved ones, all at no cost to members. Caring Arts programming includes mixed media art classes twice a month, as well as  interactive Family Night activities the first Tuesday of each month. The mixed media class at Waterford Place promotes healing, encouragement and self-exploration through the arts. For more info:
Creativity Heals
Caring Arts has offered it’s Creativity & Healing Workshop to patients, families and caregivers throughout the Chicagoland area. The interactive Workshop promotes the healing aspects of the creative arts. Caring Arts co-founder, Barbara Weigand, joined by musicians, Bill Syniar & Petar Kecenovici, guide attendees through a series of exercises to help them reconnect with their own creative center. Loyola’s Cardinal Stritch University recently invited the trio to offer the Workshop to their medical students for the third year in a row. The Workshop will also be offered at Waterford Place, as part of their monthly Family Night activities.
Mother’s Day Photos
Caring Arts made another trip this spring to Lurie Children’s Hospital to take dress up photos, delivered in time for Mother’s Day. Props & background are brought to the hospital, kids get to choose a costume to wear if they like, and each family gets a full set of beautiful photos as if they went for a formal portrait sitting. Caring Arts also made our debut with Mother’s Day photos at a recent Waterford Place Family Night.

Mother's Day
Caring Arts photographer, Jennifer Weigand, shoots mom day photos for a family at Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center in Aurora



Petar & Bill warm up with med   students at Cardinal Stritch University, prior to the start of the Creativity Workshop  
Mother's Day pics  
Spring Mother’s Day photos at Lurie Children’s Hospital  
“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!

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.
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