Celebrating the Therapeutic Power of the Creative Process

Bringing the therapeutic benefits of art to those touched by cancer and other chronic illnesses

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The Arts As Healing Foundation

is a St. Louis-based 501(c)(3) 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.

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 Arts As Healing, patients find a joyous release for untapped artistic expression and relief from focusing on their illness.

Our goal is to reach 5,000 patients, their loved ones and caregivers and to have a permanent space by 2022.

The community I’ve found at Arts As Healing has been instrumental in helping me keep my head above murky water during an incredibly difficult time. The friendship, laughter, and art buoy my soul and keep me afloat.

JLN / 2018

Get Involved

Find a Class

Arts As Healing holds regular classes at multiple locations, and is also available at area hospitals.


If you are interested in assisting us with lessons, staffing events, Arts As Healing would love to have you on our team.

Make a Donation

Your gift helps provide art supplies needed for studio classes, hospital waiting rooms and chair-side art projects. 


Installation at Siteman Cancer Center
2000+ Tiles Created to Date