Arts For Life Blog

Reflection on an Arts For Life Summer Internship

August 31, 2016 | By Annie Rogers

This week, in each of our chapters across the state, we are saying “so long” to our summer interns. The end of the summer is always bittersweet. 12 weeks – the length of time summer interns commit – goes by in a blink, so packed are their 16 weekly hours with teaching,  planning, community outreach, […]

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Lesson: Local Map Doodles

| By Annie Rogers

Have you noticed that “coloring” is having a moment? These days, you can buy coloring books everywhere – even in the grocery store line! This lesson offers the same mind-quieting, free-flowing benefits of coloring, with some added challenge and dimension. You can use that 1980’s atlas gathering dust on your highest bookshelf or – if […]

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“No one uses real maps anymore…”

| By Annie Rogers

…except when they’re making art! That’s what the kids at the art table at the Valvano Day Hospital at Duke Children’s all agreed as they sat together transforming old black and white maps into colorful works of art using this Local Map Doodles lesson last week. The lesson is just one of sixteen different lessons […]

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Hosting a Table at Rise & Shine

August 16, 2016 | By Rachel Zink

All About Table Hosting! Thank you for considering hosting a table at our Rise & Shine breakfast on Thursday, April 6. It’s a powerful, fun, and easy way for you to help bring the healing power of the arts to children who need it most: kids and teens in treatment at Brenner Children’s Hospital. Our […]

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Local Color! in Durham

August 14, 2016 | By Rachel Zink

Tickets On Sale Now! Get Yours Today.   Check out our Facebook photo album of last year’s event! Huge thanks to our 2016 Local Color sponsors! Duke Hospital Auxiliary The Rickhouse Carol & Crafton Mitchell Woodward Financial Advisors CT Wilson Construction Riverbank Construction PuddleBaby Tickets On Sale Now! Get Yours Today. $45 for a Single […]

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Lesson: Lines in Motion Collage

July 27, 2016 | By Annie Rogers

Have you ever noticed how everything that moves – cars, bikes, birds, planes, people – moves in a different way? Some things, people, and animals travel slowly with purpose and intention; some travel in choppy rhythm. Some glide, some hop, some roll, some even crash! What if you had to draw that motion? What would […]

Exploring the World: by Train, by Plane, by…Superhero?!

| By Annie Rogers

For most of us, summer, with its long sunny days and laid-back schedule, is the time of relaxation, exploration, travel and adventure. For many of the kids and families at our hospital art tables, however, a summertime vacation is not always possible.  That’s why in July and August, we are bringing exploration and adventure to […]

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Creating Art is a Family Affair

| By Annie Rogers

One day not very long ago, I was teaching at the art table in the Zeis Pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinic at Mission Hospital, and a family came in for their son’s yearly off-treatment follow-up appointment. I had known this family for a long time, and had really gotten to know them during the three years Ryan […]

Hitting the Jackpot with Leo the Color Man

June 29, 2016 | By Annie Rogers

When a well-known, innovative, inspiring, colorful, and charismatic, professional artist and illustrator seeks you out with an offer to lead a workshop with Arts For Life patients and families, it’s like opening your door to a person standing on your stoop with one of those giant checks and a fistful of balloons. It’s winning the […]