The Faris Foundation ART PASS 

In collaboration with artists, arts institutions, and other partners, The Faris Foundation co-designs and deploys creative strategies that build community and awareness around the GOLD ribbon, while also bringing more ART into the world!



Lead Artist: Roni Cabrera/HTX Art Bus

September 2021

Multiple sites in Houston, TX

We collaborated with artist Veronica (Roni) Cabrera-Moreno of HTX Art Bus, who decked out her bus in GOLD and took it all over the city of Houston to invite the public to be a part of a collective art-making adventure. Roni made a total of 10 stops with the GOLD HTX Art Bus at museums, parks, schools, restaurants, and Ronald McDonald House for a grand finale. Over 600 families participated and contributed their golden art to the project (which will be woven together in a larger piece). 

Partners + Host Venues: Discovery Green Park; Asia Society Texas Center; Benbrook Elementary; Paige Elementary; Ronald McDonald House; Prime; Wendy’s, and others. 

This program has been made possible thanks to our generous sponsors: Asurion, The Dinerstein Companies, and Truist.

Threads of Gold

Lead Partner: Asia Society Texas Center

September – October 2021

Educator workshop and Gallery Night at Asia Society Texas Center 

With Asia Society Texas Center, The Faris Foundation presented “Threads of Gold,” a workshop for visual arts educators in Houston public schools, along with a student art contest – selected participants from each school will have their work displayed at Asia Society Texas Center!

Inktober Takeover

Lead Partner: Inktober / Jake Parker

September 2021

Social media takeover @inktober

For 24 hours, The Faris Foundation had the unique opportunity to “takeover” the famed Inktober Instagram account, to bring Faris’ golden message to 1 million followers and fellow artists. More than 800 artworks have been shared in response to our GOLDEN prompt; take a look at #inktober52golden

Anat Ronen: Let There Be GOLD

An anamorphic street painting by artist Anat Ronen, in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, produced in collaboration with The Faris Foundation. 

Art is GOLD 

The Faris Foundation presents a shiny new series of virtual art workshops, premiering in September 2020. 

Episode 4: Pot of GOLD (and bonus project, Heart of GOLD)

You will need:

  • Paint pour medium

  • Metallic acrylic paints (at least 4 different colors)

  • White acrylic paint

  • Craft sticks/popsicle sticks

  • Small cups (with lids, if possible), for mixing  

  • Terra cotta flower pot

  • Dishwasher-safe Mod Podge

  • Wood canvas
  • Wood shape (heart or other shape)

  • Freezer paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Two pieces of scrap wood
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Paint brush
  • Paper towels
  • Fine glitter (optional)

Episode 3: Nature is GOLD

You will need:

  • Leaves

  • Sticks or twigs

  • Gold paint (for example, tempera or acrylic paint, or paint pens or sharpies)

  • Brush, if using paint

  • Glue  

  • String (for example, yarn or embroidery thread)

Episode 1: Something GOLD

You will need:

  • Gold art foil, metallic gold paper, or heavy duty aluminum foil
  • White glue (or hot glue with adult supervision)
  • Smooth sturdy sheet of cardboard
  • Popsicle stick
  • Glue stick (or spray adhesive with adult supervision)


  • Colored permanent markers
  • Black acrylic paint

Episode 2: GOLD Apparel

You will need:

  • Freezer paper
  • Scissors or Exacto knife
  • Sketch paper
  • Iron (with adult supervision!)
  • Ironing board or other heat-proof surface
  • Golden fabric paint
  • Foam brush or stencil brush
  • T-shirt or cotton panel
  • Cardboard for the inside of the t-shirt

Art Is Hope

The Faris Foundation’s inaugural art competition for childhood cancer awareness. 

Curator’s Talk and Gallery Tour with Lauren Taylor

Curator’s message

Hope is Golden…and Art is Hope.

This exhibition is the culmination of the Art is Hope art competition sponsored by The Faris Foundation in Houston, Texas. As Faris’s art teacher, I had the great joy of spending many golden moments creating art together during his cancer journey. Faris understood the power of art, and even at the tender age of 9, he declared that “Art is my Life.” I personally saw how creativity brought Faris joy, peace, and hope.

The idea for this competition came in a divine spark of inspiration and indeed, that spark yielded over 60 submissions from all over the world. Artists from India to Australia, from Ireland to Bahrain, from South Korea to the United States, heard our golden call and answered. Their responses are what you see in the gallery before you.

While none of our artists worked together on this project, interestingly, certain themes began organically appearing within the work. As a curator, I could not help but notice the golden threads connecting all of these pieces together.

The main themes of our exhibition are:

Wings of Hope – Birds and Butterflies

Hope Must Be Cultivated and Tended – Plants, Flowers, and Trees

Hope from Help – The Helpers, The Things That Spark Joy

Hope’s Form in the Soul – Abstractions & Landscapes

Joy of Creativity – Work with The Colorful Vibration of Children

Art is My Life – My Life is Art

How did we all connect? How did those threads get woven so far and wide? Golden hope is the answer.

– Lauren Taylor

National Day of Service: Art is Hope

A virtual, hands-on community service and art-making event hosted by The Faris Foundation as a part of the National Day of Service on January 18, 2021 in honor of MLK Day. 

Art is Hope.

In this workshop, we are guided by two extraordinary artists and creative powerhouses, Lauren T. and Krissy V., who lead us in an art making and community service experience, with plenty of room for your own adaptations and creative remixing along the way!

Your volunteer opportunity is to create an original piece of art. It will then be left to be found as a random act of kindness to another person. This helps promote the idea that “Art is Hope!”

Basic materials needed:

– pencil

– felt tip black pen (ballpoint is OK if that’s all you’ve got)

– white drawing paper

– Index cards or card stock paper

– colorful construction paper

– scissors

– glue stick

Extras: markers, crayons, glitter, and any other special materials that speak to you!

You can participate by making your artwork during the workshop alongside us in real-time, or watch, learn, and create after the session with your family. A recording of the workshop will also be made available afterwards, so you can go back and refer to it any time. 

RESOURCES + Inspiration

Pop Up Card Art Kit

Download: Pop Up Card Art Kit [pdf]

Download: Workshop Presentation Slides [pdf]

Download: Share Card [png]

Download: Drawing Patterns [jpg]

Download: More Drawing Patterns [jpg]

Download: Motivational Words [jpg]

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