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.

Arts in a Garden

Join us for an Artful Garden Party!

Sunday, September 18, 1-4pm

To benefit Caring Arts Programming for cancer patients in our community
A beautiful home & garden in Lake Forest ~ Location map sent with tickets

Live Music • Outdoor Gallery • Food & Libations • Fine Art & Crafts Silent Auction

Tickets: $40 per person
All donations tax deductible. Pay by credit card or check payable to Caring Arts.
Space is limited, make your reservation today!
Call Barbara at Caring Arts: 708-386-9325

Order tickets via PayPal:


Laner Muchin
Swing Forward
AIG Tickets
Griffith Grant Lackie

Spring Things

As we move into mid-year, take a look at some of the activities Caring Arts sponsored this past spring:

Gilda’s Club’s Spring Fling Art Exhibit & Reception featured paintings and works of art from our Caring Arts Program at Gilda’s Club. Each Saturday artist Jordi Pedrola facilitate an afternoon of painting at Gilda’s Club and it’s only right that the beautiful results are celebrated! Creativite expression promotes healing. It’s just as simple as that.

Caring Arts musicians, Bill & Petar, provide the music as med students at Cardinal Stritch University tape and sing along

Barbara Weigand and Caring Arts musicians, Bill & Petar, were invited back to Cardinal Stritch University again this year to present the Caring Arts Creativity Workshop to med students at the school. The trio lead students on a journey back to their childhood to reconnect with and reawaken their inner child’s creativity through drawing, singing and pretending. The students took part with abandon, and even stayed after class to ask questions and discuss the use of creative expression for future patients.

Photographers Ray, Sharon & Jennifer Weigand made one of their regular visits to Lurie Children’s Hospital to take dress up photos again this spring. Children get too choose a costume to wear for the photos and parents are encouraged to take part too. The end results are a treasure, and we delivered full sets of photos to each family just in time for Mother’s Day.

Caring Arts and TLC Camp has partnered each summer for over 10 years to bring a fun day of activity to camp for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings. This summer we were joined by employees from Heartland Express and a selection of our own volunteers for a morning craft activity and fun games. The smiles tell it all!
Team Caring Arts
Team Caring Arts at TLC Camp (left-right): Alex Waldherr, Flanagan Waldherr, Maggie Repelin, Olivia Ports, Barbara Weigand, Chuck Wenzel, Tim Downey, Gail Balsano, Phil Balsano, John Weigand
Caring Arts president, Phil Balsano, oversees the Beach Ball Relay at TLC Camp
Maggie & Chuck (rear) get ready to time the Cereal Roll. Each team had 1 minute to collect as much cereal as possible on their duct tape.

Gilda’s Club member, Gigi (right) and Caring artist Jordi Pedrola (left) admire Gig’s paintings at the Gilda’s Club reception  
Unfinished paintings dry on top of a cabinet at Gilda’s Club  
Tavion shows 2 of his paintings, including a portrait of his mother, who passed away  

Lurie photos  
Lurie 2  
Lurie 3  
Olivia runs the music for the Hot Potato game  
A camper runs with all his items to get to the finish line first in the Toy Team Relay  






“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!

Click HERE for the GLOBAL home page

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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