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.

A mom and her child create Valentines while she has chemotherapy infusion at University of Illinois Cancer Center

Arts Empowerment

Caring Arts believes in the transformative power of the arts to inspire and to heal. Exercising our innate creativity provides enrichment, joyfulness and a strong sense of accomplishment & control. These aspects are empowering to anyone, but especially to people dealing with serious illness like cancer patients, caregivers and family members alike. At a time they may feel their life spinning out of control, having an activity that helps them harness or express emotions or simply to share a positive activity is powerful medicine. Pain and worry is forgotten, even if for a short time, and they often carry that feeling with them throughout the rest of the day. For a parent with cancer, sharing an art activity with their child, regardless of age, is a positive and soothing experience for both.

What patients are saying about Caring Arts

“Thank you so much for uplifting my mood (with music.) You reminded me to give thanks to God.”
— Graciela, patient Rush Cancer Clinic

“I had no idea I could paint! Thank you for inspiring me.”
— Member, Wellness House, Hinsdale

“I am in awe and deep appreciation for all that you do. Expressing oneself through the arts can be such a powerful and healing experience. I’m so grateful I have the opportunity to participate.”
— Linda, Gilda’s Club member

“Just keep having these art classes, they are wonderful.” — Member, Waterford Center, Aurora

"I signed up for every one of these Mixed Media classes. I wish there were more!” — Member, Wellness House, Hinsdale

"The music Caring Arts brings to Gilda's Club at Northwestern Hospital is a kaleidoscope of peace & joy, relaxation & energy, and hope for those struggling with illness that there is life beyond the weight of their medical condition. Just remembering their music makes me breathe deeper & feel lighter." — Beth, patient & Gilda’s Club member 


A husband and wife share creative time together and with friends at the Caring Arts Mixed Media Arts program at Wellness House in Hinsdale


Participants at the Caring Arts Mixed Media class at Waterford Center in Aurora share the camaraderie, fun and relaxation of an afternoon of painting together


Katy Gillan & Bill Syniar at Elmhurst Hospital’s Cancer Center. Our musicians perform weekly at University of Chicago, Rush Cancer Center Clinic, Northwestern’s Lurie Cancer Center, Prentice Hospital’s Maggie Daley Cancer Center and others.

Maria Jimenez mixes paint as her paintings dry overhead. She is an avid participant of the Caring Arts program 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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Global Airport Parking Round up for Charity
If you travel, get easy, affordable GUARANTEED parking at O’Hare or Midway with Global Airport Parking... and benefit great causes! Guess what, 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 charity.
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