Living Proof Exhibit Receives Three Grants
Funding Will Provide Art Therapy for Cancer Survivors
Living Proof Exhibit is pleased to announce the receipt of three grants that will enable the organization to augment the art therapy programming it provides to cancer survivors, patients, and their families. “We are thrilled to be able to reach more survivors and offer more programming,” said executive director Pamela Crouch. “Art therapy provides so many benefits to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors. Donor support is vital to our mission, ensuring that our art therapy programs are always free.”
The grant from Quad City Arts will fund monthly art therapy classes at Gilda’s Club Quad Cities. Each month, artist and art therapist Jacki Olson leads a creative session designed to help members of Gilda’s Club express themselves and work through the emotions associated with cancer. The schedule for these classes is available at www.livingproofexhibit.org.
The grant from the Iowa Arts Council will fund a program called Full Circle Project, where cancer survivors take material that reminds them of their cancer journey, such as hospital gowns, and process it into paper, which will then be made into journals. Instructors include artist Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, faculty from the University of Iowa and St. Ambrose University, and members of the Midwest Writing Center. This two day program will be held at the Figge Art Museum September 6 and 13, 2014.
The grant from the Komen Foundation will fund Wrapping Ourselves in God’s Love, a quilting project for African American breast cancer survivors in the Quad Cities. “This project uses the collective activity of quilting to create, promote, and strengthen the bonds between black breast cancer survivors in the Quad Cities,“ said artist Gaye Shannon-Burnett, who is heading the project.
Living Proof Exhibit is a Quad City non-profit organization that provides art therapy for cancer patients and survivors. It also celebrates the creative spirit of the breast cancer survivor by holding an annual art exhibit, to be held this year at the Figge Art Museum from Aug. 21 to Oct. 26. For more information about Living Proof Exhibit, please visit www.livingproofexhibit.org.
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We are in the process of notifying artists whose works were chosen for our exhibit.
Living Proof Exhibit is extremely pleased and privileged to announce that we have received a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation - Quad Cities for "Wrapping Ourselves in God's Love: Visual stories from African American women breast cancer survivors laced together with needle and thread." At this time, dates and locations are still TBD. Please visit this site and our Facebook page for updates as they become available.