We need your support more than ever so that we don’t have to turn away any patients and families. Donate to:
Treatment heals the body. Art heals the mind and spirit.
The demand for creative art therapy visits has steadily been on the increase. Last year, therapists at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Cross Cancer Institute were part of almost 3000 creative arts therapy visits, ranging from individual/family sessions to group-based workshops.
Twice this year, there have been waiting lists to see a therapist. The demand ranges from a mix of adults and children, partners and parents.
We have the opportunity to support families across Alberta through this painful time with a Healing Arts program. Heath McCoy strongly believes in the healing power of art. In 2015, he had to do the unthinkable: tell his seven-year-old-daughter and four-year-old son their mother had died.
“I just wanted to take my children’s pain away”
- Heath McCoy
These customized art packages are designed to help young children process their experience and develop coping strategies after a parent is diagnosed with cancer. Created by professional art therapists, these totes contain child friendly activities such as arts and crafts supplies as well as educational tools and tips for both children and adults. Give Now
Group workshops allow patients to express themselves artistically while connecting with peers, and reducing feelings of isolation and stress. Workshop activities may include drawing, sculpting, weaving, painting. Give Now
Group workshops allow patients to express themselves artistically while connecting with peers, and reducing feelings of isolation and stress. Workshop activities may include drawing, sculpting, weaving, and painting. Give Now
Art therapy has the ability to enhance a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Your gift will provide one day of art therapy to multiple s receiving care at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre or Cross Cancer Institute. Give Now
Stationed in the cancer centre and shared with outpatients and their supports by volunteers, custom “Art Carts” will be available for patient use before or after and sometimes during treatment. This mobile cart is filled with supplies that allow patients and families waiting at the centre to create greeting cards, knit with a loom, weave, create fabric bracelets, play cards, do crossword puzzles, etc. Give Now
Losing a parent is traumatic for a child, often shattering a sense of self-identity and it can leave them feeling abandoned. You can help provide six sessions of art therapy, which can include painting, sculpting, building and doll-marking to help kids express what they’re feeling, often without saying any words. Art therapy can serve as a creative outlet, while enhancing resilience and lessening the traumatic feelings that are associated with the loss of a parent. Give Now
LEAP MAGAZINE ARTICLES
Try some healing arts in Calgary and Edmonton Read more
Art therapy brings cancer patients together Read more
These walls tell stories Read more
Find out more information on healing arts by calling 403.521.3369
Read about Healing Arts in out 2015 Annual Report Read more