Art Is My Life
We believe every child should have access to art as a part of their plan of care. We witnessed the healing power of art in Faris’ cancer journey. These experiences, along with a growing body of scientific research, confirm that art – in all forms – can be transformative in the lives of children and families.
“Art is my life; writing is in my blood.”
– Faris D.
Art Is My Life is a program that provides children and young people affected by cancer, and their families, meaningful opportunities for creative expression during their hospital visits and longer-term stay.
The Faris Foundation works to embed highly qualified, Masters-trained Art Therapists and Music Therapists within children’s cancer centers across the country. These professionals are a part of the medical team, working closely with physicians, nurses, and child life specialists to foster hope and healing through individualized treatment plans and opportunities for creative expression.
PROGRAMS & PARTNERSHIPS
- Texas Children’s Cancer Center (Houston, TX): our pilot program at the country’s largest childhood cancer center launched in mid-2020, with Leara Glinzak, ATR-BC, MSAT as the inaugural Faris Foundation Art Therapist at TCH. Patients, family members, caregivers, and staff are all participants and beneficiaries of the treatment provided. Leara also facilitates Center-wide Art Parties and art-making activities throughout the year.
- MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital (Houston, TX): The Faris Foundation regularly supports initiatives of the pediatric Arts in Medicine program at MD Anderson, including special events such as the annual Let There Be GOLD Celebration of the Arts and Creative Arts Week.
- Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital (New York, NY): Beginning in 2021, The Faris Foundation will work with the team at Mount Sinai to develop and sustain a unique Creative Arts Therapy Fellowship that serves pediatric patients and families, with a primary focus on hematology and oncology patients. The program is a significant step forward in bolstering the field of pediatric cancer creative arts therapy. This Fellowship continues the legacy of The Harv Toback Creative Arts Therapy Fellowship (2017-2020).
Blog post by Leara Glinzak
We also facilitate opportunities for volunteers to come “share their sparkle” at our Art Parties at children’s cancer centers. Join us! Led by a professional artist, volunteers will work alongside children in the outpatient clinic on a fun creative project – no experience necessary! Sign up to volunteer here.