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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Enriching Community, Celebrating Local Artists

| By Annie Rogers

What do you think of when you hear the word community? Maybe you think of your friends or family, your colleagues or teammates. You might think of your school, your church, or your neighborhood. If you’re a patient or family member going through treatment for a serious illness or disability though, chances are, you think […]

Lesson: Kaitcetera Paper Quilts

| By Annie Rogers

  [all photos courtesy of Kait Neely via http://www.kaitcetera.com/] Kait Neely is a Winston-Salem-based artist known for her colorful, imaginative quilts. You can see more examples of her beautiful work on her website. Mimicking quilt patterns with paper scraps is a great way to encourage creativity while also developing math skills! As you place you […]

CONNECTing in May: Creating a Sense of Place

| By Rachel Zink

Home sweet home. Home is where the heart is. There’s no place like home. There is a reason we reflect so readily on the idea of home. Home represents security, comfort, love, and safety. Home is the place where family gathers, where good  times are shared, where important decisions are made. For many of our […]

Caution: It’s a Jungle in Here!

April 27, 2016 | By Rachel Zink

As a part of our Journey this month, Arts For Life students are using this springtime weather as an excuse to CONNECT with their wider world in April. From snakes to bugs to fuzzy forest creatures, we have been busy studying our animal friends through our theme of Animals, Habitat, and Environment. Kids have been […]

Volunteers & Interns: the Heart and Soul of Arts For Life

| By Rachel Zink

by Annie Rogers, Arts For Life Program Director at Mission Children’s Hospital It is a Wednesday afternoon, and I am sitting at the Zeis Clinic art table at Mission Children’s hospital, waiting on the next patient. I hear the chime of the elevator as the door opens, and a little voice echos in the quiet […]