The Asheville Arts For Life program, featured Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Asheville Citizen-Times, was spotlighted by Americans for the Arts the next day in its national cultural policy publication, Arts Watch.
The Culture and Communities excerpt noted, “The Asheville Arts for Life program couples children’s medical treatments with a variety of arts activities that help them put aside the stress of chemo and other therapies, helping kids to heal with creativity as they wait to be treated with medicine.”
Arts For Life, based in Weaverville, teaches visual arts, music and creative writing to patients in four cities across N.C. — Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Durham, in addition to Asheville. Art lessons are provided by artist fellows, volunteers, interns and the organization’s full-time staff. Arts For Life builds bridges and makes lasting connections between the art and healthcare communities of N.C.
In addition to Grassroots Arts Program support for its programs, Arts For Life has received N.C. Arts Council Arts and Audiences grants since 2008 to develop its fellowship and residency programs.