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Calling All Artists!

October 25, 2015 | By Rachel Zink

Inspire the next generation of artists at your local children’s hospital!

Arts For Life began as a small project in 2001 when our founder, Anna, gave cameras, film, and journals to young cancer patients after her 11-year-old sister, Katie, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Katie, along with other patients, responded positively to the educational art lessons and asked for more.

Art lessons proved to be successful in helping patients cope with their medical treatments and hospital stays, decreasing stress and anxiety and keeping kids active and engaged in life. Today, Arts For Life brings visual art, music, and creative writing lessons to kids in four children’s hospitals across North Carolina. We believe that our communities are stronger, more resilient, and more compassionate when arts and healthcare work together to help kids heal.

How YOU Can Make a Real Difference!

Gallery Circle:

Join our “Gallery Circle,” comprised of talented artists across the state of North Carolina and beyond who support Arts For Life through donated works, collaborative events, and art openings. The easiest way to participate is to dedicate a percentage of sales from your next opening or special sale. Contact us today; we’ll send you a toolkit to showcase your support of Arts For Life’s artists during your next event – and we’ll even promote it through our email list and social media! Any artist in any medium can be a part of our Gallery Circle:

  • 7-year-old Tyler donated 40% of the proceeds from his solo show of paintings at his local coffee shop – and he sold every one!
  • Accomplished painter and Arts For Life supporter Lesley donates proceeds from her annual online sale.
  • A group of local artists and crafters hosts a Handmade Holidays market every November, and donate 10% or more of the day’s sales.

Artist in Residence:

Donate your time and volunteer! If you are interested in working with children, teaching art skills, and sharing your love of the arts, check out our volunteer opportunities today on our website.

Art Advocate:

Spread the word! Follow, Like, and Share on social media to help spread the word about Arts For Life and our work supporting young artists in hospitals. On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: search artsforlifenc.

Each year, more than 8,000 young artists, musicians, and poets are nurtured, encouraged, and inspired by Arts For Life. We believe that the arts have the power to help kids heal. Join us today!

Contact us by email: or phone: (828) 712-8120