Arts For Life Blog

Welcome to our Newest Board Members!

October 14, 2020 | By Snee Howard

Mary Edith AlexanderCharlotte Mary Edith Alexander has been with the Bank of America Art Collection since 2004, curating exhibitions for the bank’s Art in Our Communities program and providing curatorial support for projects in the bank’s real estate portfolio. Trained as a studio artist, Mary Edith received her undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting […]

The Arts For Life Guide to Art Materials

June 3, 2020 | By Annie Rogers

Paper You’ll want to use paper that is made for whatever art material you are using on it. An inexpensive sketch pad is a great place to start.  Watercolor paper is thick so it will be stable when it gets wet. Typically, it has a “toothy” or rough texture in order to ‘hold’ the paint […]

Announcing: Arts For Life Anywhere

May 13, 2020 | By Rachel Zink

Creativity is never cancelled! We are very excited to share with you Arts For Life Anywhere – our new online hub for creative resources, so you can do art and music anywhere and everywhere. We’ve just launched it – so we’re adding new things every day. Sign up for our email list to get a […]

Virtual Gratitude Gathering

April 17, 2020 | By Rachel Zink

You’re such a great friend to Arts For Life, we want to celebrate YOU and share with you the music, art, and stories of what you make possible. While we’d love to gather in real life, that’s not possible right now – but we won’t let that stop us from gathering together! This party is […]

Rise & SHINE! in Charlotte

February 26, 2020 | By Rachel Zink

Due to COVID-19, Rise & Shine CLT 2020 has been canceled Co-chaired by: Jessica Schwartz & Emily Hull 8:30AM – Check in & Breakfast is Served 9:15 – 10:00AM – Speaker’s Program Learn more about Hosting a Table at Rise & Shine! Interested in Sponsoring Rise & Shine? More info here. Questions? Email us. Thank […]

Creed’s Story

October 29, 2019 | By Rachel Zink

Inspired to make art and music lessons possible for kids and teens like Creed? Donate here today. When Creed was first asked to come to the art table by an Arts For Life teacher, his mom didn’t think anything of it. Art was just not something that Creed was interested in. So, it took her […]

Virginia’s Story

September 27, 2019 | By Rachel Zink

Inspired to make art and music lessons possible for kids and teens like Virginia? Donate here today. Virginia is not afraid to try new things and has the amazing ability to always see the good in life. When she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma the summer before her senior year in high school in 2017, she […]

The Lessons of Love

July 1, 2019 | By Rachel Zink

Any parent knows parenthood is an adventure. One of our Music Teachers, Marty Edwards, shares how the adventure of fatherhood informs his work with Arts For Life. Of course, Marty would say it’s a calling rather than a job. In his own words: “When my four year old son gazes up at me, he sees […]

MEET: Nine-year-old Reese

| By Rachel Zink

Reese just turned nine years old, and he spends at least 21 days in the hospital each time he comes to receive his chemo treatments. By the end of the first week his walls, IV pole, and ceiling are covered in artwork. He has even started selling some of the art to his nurses, doctors, […]

Adventure Starts a Research Scientist on the Path to Arts For Life

| By Rachel Zink

The path that led our new board member, Doris Rouse PhD, began with an amazing adventure. When Doris graduated from Duke University with a degree in Chemistry, she joined the Peace Corps and left everything familiar to teach science in Tugbake, a small, remote village in Liberia. She fell in love with the children and […]