Art Is My Life

Art Is My Life

“Art is my life; writing is in my blood.” 
– Faris D.

Art was a powerful force of hope and healing in Faris’ cancer journey. He immersed himself in the creative process, and in it, found pure delight and joy. Understanding the power of creative expression, we seek to bring this same joy to children and their families in the hospital through unique art programs.

Art Is My Life is an initiative to provide young people affected by cancer, and their families, meaningful opportunities for creative expression during their hospital stay. Our vision is to dedicate a Child Life Specialist/Art Therapist as an “Art Fairy” within Texas Children’s Cancer Center. This initiative aspires to share the joy and delight that Faris found in the creative process.

We also facilitate opportunities for volunteers to engage in art projects with children at the Cancer Center, guided by the Art Fairy or a local artist.

Shield Art

“Art is the highest form of hope.”

– Gerhard Richter

FARIS Session

Another innovative component of this program area is the FARIS Session (Fun, Artistic, Response, Integrating Science), a truly unique and provocative hands-on experience designed to expand creative horizons within scientific settings. The FARIS Session puts art and science integration into practice and invites the involvement of local artists as co-creators and facilitators.

Dr. Jeffery Toretsky proudly displays his artwork created at the inaugural FARIS Session, 2017
Dr. Jeffery Toretsky proudly displays his artwork created at the inaugural FARIS Session, 2017

The inaugural FARIS Session was held at the International Ewing Sarcoma Symposium in 2017 and resulted in the production of “Convergence,” a sculpture composed of golden tiles designed by symposium attendees from around the world, and assembled into a final form by Carolina’s Art, a local Houston artist. For participants, it was a transformative experience that nourished their curiosity and provided an opportunity to reconnect and reignite with their purpose. For many, it was the first time in years that they had been asked to tap into the playful and imaginative spirit embodied in the artistic endeavor. The impact of the session was significant in that the scientists were invigorated by the playful and creative break from their science. Such a respite made all the more apparent the importance of taking a creative approach to their research.