Celebrating the Therapeutic
Power of the Creative Process

About Us

aboutArts As Healing Foundation is a St. Louis-based non-profit organization that offers cancer patients and their caregivers an opportunity for creative expression and fulfillment by providing free art lessons and a variety of other artistic and educational activities.

The Arts as Healing program has been enriching the lives of cancer patients, family members, and their caregivers since its founding in 2005. In December 2013, the Arts as Healing Foundation (AAH) was established as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to providing free art instruction to patients with cancer and other chronic diseases. AAH studio classes offer individualized instruction in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Students are able to explore their innate artistic ability as they learn to use a variety of artwork tools and media to create projects, such as painted tiles, pottery,  paper sculpture, collage,  water color, acrylic and oil painting, and drawing with charcoal and colored pencils. More importantly, they are introduced to a different way of seeing through guided lessons, exploration, and individual critiques. Using their new skills for self-expression, students experience an enhanced sense of well being. The studio classes have also become a way of meeting other people living with cancer and other chronic diseases in a setting that is not medical and yet very therapeutic.

How We Help

The theory that art can play a significant role in the recovery process is at the heart of the Arts as Healing program. We provide a creative outlet for cancer patients, their loved ones, and those who care for them. The closed-session studio classes offer an inviting  environment for artistic expression where patients are free to explore a new method of communicating their innermost thoughts. Through AAH, patients find a joyous release for untapped artistic expression and relief from focusing on their illness.

Our Goals

To reach 4,800 patients, their loved ones and caregivers and to have a permanent space by 2022.