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.

Classical Blast Yule

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Holiday Concert Benefits Caring Arts
Saturday, Nov. 25, 7pm (doors open 6:30pm) 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 
611 Randolph St, Oak Park
$25 adults, $10 kids (13 and under)

Classical Blast
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park
Kick off the season with a concert by Classical Blast and special guest performers. Christmas meets classic rock in this outstanding holiday concert! Percent of proceeds benefit Caring Arts.
Tickets at the door or order online here:


Adults $25 each
Kids (under 13) $10 each

Can’t attend yourself? Sponsor a family dealing with cancer! Make a donation to Caring Arts and we’ll send a family to enjoy the show. Use our donate button at top of this page. Check “Add special instructions to the seller” and type in “SPONSOR FAMILY.” $50 sends a family of 4 to enjoy this wonderful holiday event!
One Patient’s Story:
Terri Ferris, 
Waterford Center-Caring Arts Participant

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2014. That totally rocked my world. Anxiety and stress went through the roof! I had a mastectomy, chemo, breast reconstruction. I thought with all this behind me, I’d have less anxiety and stress, but soon found out that was not the case. I’ve been going to Waterford since they opened in January, 2015. It has made a HUGE impact on my life! From the moment I walked in, I felt totally comfortable and at home. They offer classes in education, art, meditation, cooking, health, etc.  

Since going there, I’ve been better able to handle my stress and anxiety. I have always loved art and with these unique Mixed Media classes offered for free, I was able to explore, learn and expand my love of art. Each class is so intriguing that I had to try them all (or at least most!) I LOVE the different approaches and techniques that are offered. I’m able to learn about different art forms and to make use of my creative side, which was dormant for soooo long! I’m so relaxed and peaceful that time flies by with no thoughts of worry and I leave in a “comfort cocoon”. Being able to express myself creatively has been a great release for me and has allowed me to be a more patient, thoughtful person. I’m so relaxed and content after a class. I didn’t realize how much I needed the arts to make me whole again.
Giving Thanks!
We are so very thankful for your ongoing support and partnership. With your help, we’ve provided arts-based programming for over 15 years to enrich the lives of folks living with cancer right here in our Chicagoland community. From patients at many of Chicago’s top hospitals to members of Gilda’s Club Chicago and now The Waterford Cancer Resource Center in Aurora, we bring the healing power of the arts to hundreds of cancer patients of all ages through music, painting, crafts & photography, as well as companionship, laughter and conversation. As the year closes, please consider us for your year-end giving, matching funds or United Way contributions. 
Caring Arts brings a portable photo studio and costumes to Lurie Children’s Hospital in order to provide “Photos to Remember” for patients and families there, with the help of   photographers, Ray, Sharon & Jennifer Weigand.
Caring Arts musicians, Bill Syniar & Petar Kecenovici, perform for cancer patients at University of Chicago’s inpatient oncology unit, Rush University Cancer Center & Radiology Oncology, Northwestern’s Cancer Center, Prentice Women’s Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Terri Ferris  
Terri tries her hand at “plein aire painting,” as part of the Caring Arts Mixed Media Art Classes, in the Waterford Cancer Resource Center’s outdoor Meditation Garden.  
Family Fun Night at Waterford Cancer Resource Center in Aurora offers the opportunity for families dealing with cancer to come together for a night of fun activities, such as this Family Chalk Walk provided by Caring Arts Foundation.  

Caring Artist, Jordi Pedrola, brings paints and smiles to cancer patients each week at University of Chicago and Rush University Hospitals, as well as at Gilda’s Club-Chicago.

“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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