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2013 Annual Report

from the desk of the

execUtiVe DirectOr We celebrated a big birthday in 2013! Arts For Life turned 12 last year, which makes us officially a preteen.

I’m thrilled to report that many of our birthday wishes came true over the course of our twelfth year bringing the arts to kids and families in hospitals across North Carolina. We reached more people than ever before, providing art lessons to astounding numbers that you’ll discover later (if you can’t wait, flip to the next page). We also strengthened our existing partnerships, like expanding to serve a whole new floor at Brenner Children’s Hospital; and we forged new ones, by providing art instruction at Ronald McDonald House and Camp C.A.R.E. (Cancer Ain’t Really the End).

Isaiah, Noora, Program Director Mary Margaret, and Karli

Just as all of our young artists, siblings, and parents count on support from their communities, we’ve relied on amazing partners this year - that’s you - to guide us in our work and sustain the organization: • • • •

Our hospital advocates who deeply understand the value of arts in healthcare Our amazing volunteers and interns who give so generously of their time and talent Our staff and Board who pour their heart and soul into our mission of teaching, inspiring, and encouraging children Our treasured supporters and donors who ensure that Arts For Life thrives and grows

We couldn’t do it without YOU: our voice in the world and our hands and hearts at the art table. Thank you for your support.

Marough in the flow, painting at the art table

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Rachel Zink, Executive Director p.s. That’s Savannah on the cover of this report, painting a portrait of Larry and Lindy (our angel art supply donors) as a special thank you gift! Our kids are grateful for you, too.

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by the numbers Arts For Life’s Impact in 2013


North Carolina-inspired origami collaborative project

Total People Supported in hospitals and communities across NC that’s a 10% increase since 2012!


Total Lessons Taught

visual art, music, and creative writing


Total Hours of Service

direct contact hours, providing support to patients and families

Music Fellow Colin and teen Elijah during a bedside jam session


Hours Taught Each Week across the state


Volunteer Hours Donated by students and community members


“Up, Up, and Away” by Max, age 9

Children’s Hospitals and Communities Served Brenner Children’s Hospital Winston-Salem

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center Durham

Mission Children’s Hospital Asheville

Novant Health Presbyterian “Gorilla in the Grass” by Grace, age 10

Hemby Children’s Hospital & Blume Clinic Charlotte

a message from arts FOr liFe’s C

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As the adage goes, the one constant is change. That certainly applied to Arts For Life in 2013. In January, Rachel Zink was promoted to Executive Director. Rachel had been working with Arts For Life since 2008, and it was a wellearned promotion. She executed throughout the year like a seasoned veteran and helped lead us through a successful year. Under Rachel’s leadership, Arts For Life served thousands of patients while operating with great fiscal discipline. Also in the first quarter, we agreed to end our relationship with Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. We are very appreciative of the time we spent working alongside the wonderful folks there. It was a privilege to have served the patients, families, and staff during that time. We believe we still have great opportunities for positive influence in the Charlotte community and will be sharing details about that very soon. And finally, during the course of 2013, we welcomed Lindsay Jones, Mary Nesbitt, Sheila Ennis, Michael Worsman, and Carol Mitchell to our Board. They are talented individuals who


will help Arts for Life grow into a stronger, more influential organization for many years to come. Some things didn’t change all that much during 2013. We have the finest and most caring Program Directors an organization could ever hope for. Mary Margaret Fulk, Sarah Alexander, Betsey McLawhorn and Annie Rogers are truly gifted, special people. Their commitment to the children and families we serve is heroic. We continue to work beside our tremendous partners at Brenner Children’s Hospital, Mission Children’s Hospital, and Duke Children’s Hospital. We cannot say thank you enough for allowing us to serve within your outstanding organizations. And to our donors, your continued generosity allows us to do this important work. Arts For Life would not be possible without you. As we look on to 2014 and beyond, the Board of Directors believes Arts For Life’s best days are ahead. We are inspired by the courage of our patients and their families, as well as the passion of the team for their work. We have never been more committed to continuing our mission of improving the lives of patients and their families in all the communities we serve.

Wes Sugg, Chairman of the Board

the 2013 team



bOarD OF DirectOrs

from left: Rachel Zink, Executive Director; Mary Nesbitt, Board Member - Asheville; Wes Sugg, Board Member - Charlotte; Sheila Ennis, Board Member - Asheville; Annie Rogers, Program Director Asheville; Anne Sessions, Board Member - Winston-Salem; Sarah Alexander, Program Director - Charlotte; Mary Margaret Fulk, Program Director - Durham; Betsey McLawhorn, Program Director - Winston-Salem; Carol Mitchell, Board Member - Durham; Anna Long, Program Coordinator - Asheville; Michael Worsman, Board Member - Durham; Karen Fitzgerald, Board Member - WinstonSalem; Doug Michaels, Board Member - Asheville; Alex Taylor, Board Member - Winston-Salem; Lindsay Jones, Board Member Charlotte

Board & Staff at SECCA - Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Winston-Salem, December 2013

not pictured: Snee Howard, Bookkeeper; Melandee Jones, Board Member Charlotte; Debbie Goeken, Board Member - Durham; Tom Schulz, Board Member - Asheville

financial snapshot Where OUr sUppOrt cOmes FrOm Grants & Foundations

28% 41%


(from hospital partners)


(including individual, corporate, community & special event gifts)


Where We inVest OUr resOUrces 9% Programs


(directly supporting kids & families)


Administrative Fundraising

Our 2013 IRS Form 990 will be available on our website in summer 2014. Please contact us with any questions!

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incOme & expense statement

Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2013 INCOME Donations Individual, Corporate & Community Special Events Interest Income & Endowment Interest Total Donations Fee-For-Service (Hospital Partner Contributions) Grants & Foundations TOTAL INCOME

97,335.10 48,732.41 7,166.14 153,233.65 115,315.98 102,095.00 370,644.63


Payroll & Benefits 266,505.49 Contract Labor (Music Fellowships & Intern Stipends) 29,272.50 Dues & Subscriptions 1,004.00 28,180.05 Insurance (Liability, D&O, Worker's Comp) 2,297.70 Licenses & Permits 200.00 Meetings Expense 1,086.91 Office Expense 15,127.71 office + web Postage & Delivery 4,328.18 Printing & Reproduction 6,031.36 Professional Fees 3,503.55 Program Expenses 7,541.08 prog supp + vol prog Service Charges 2,591.02 Staff & Board Development 2,753.83 Travel 10,319.32 Special Event Expense 10,289.87 Miscellaneous 66.96 TOTAL EXPENSES 362,919.48 NET INCOME




from the art table: /artsforlifenc


Our friends on social media helped us raise over $5,000 on #GivingTuesday in 2013!

Arts For Life is dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. We help pediatric patients and their families by providing educational art programs that enrich their lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences. Our visual art, creative writing, and music lessons decrease patient stress and anxiety, keep patients active and engaged, and help families cope with the realities of illness during the most difficult times of their lives. Patients and families visiting pediatric clinics and inpatient units count on Arts For Life to help them through their healthcare experiences. We do that in THREE different ways: Andrew, working on his painting in the clinic waiting room

Young patients arrive to the clinic and make a beeline to our CliniC art stations. With their Arts For Life teachers, children learn and develop art, music, and writing skills while they meet other kids and explore their talents. Being active at the art stations enables patients to stay focused and positive during long, frustrating hours of waiting for and receiving treatments.

In our inpatient Bedside program, Arts For Life teachers travel from room to room teaching young patients music, drawing, sculpture, poetry, and more. Patients and siblings experience success as they learn artistic skills, express ideas and emotions, and build self-confidence.

Our support groups and speCial events help patients meet one another and interact in a supportive, fun environment. Summer camps for patients, special sibling days, and art parties on the inpatient unit are just a few more ways we incorporate art into the hospital setting.

Our staff is small, but our teaching team is large and diverse! We simply could not provide 22,960 lessons in one year without a lot of help. We had the honor of calling 84 special people “Arts For Life teachers” in 2013. Here’s how we deliver all those inspiring art lessons: •

Our internship and volunteer programs offer life-changing experiences to college students, recent graduates, and community members. Interns and volunteers gain skills in teaching the arts, working in hospital settings, and mentoring patients with serious illnesses.

In our artist fellowship program, we hire, train, and supervise professional and emerging artists to teach their art form to young patients. The Fellowship Program reaches hundreds of young patients and helps them to stay active, learn, and create.

Daciean’s “Elephant”

in asheville and western north carolina Since 2003, Arts For Life has brought

art, music, and creative writing to patients and families at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. Mission Hospital serves the 18-county Western North Carolina region, so if a child as far away as Franklin is diagnosed with a pediatric cancer or blood disorder, it’s likely that he or she will be treated at Mission. Our Asheville Chapter has been led by Program Director Annie Rogers since 2005. Here’s where we serve kids and families at Mission Children’s Hospital: •

Zeis CanCer outpatient CliniC: our waiting room art station serves kids with cancer and blood diseases.

inpatient unit: our bedside lessons serve kids who must stay overnight in the hospital.

olson huff Center for Child development: our waiting room art station clinic serves youth with a wide range of needs: physical, speech, or occupational therapy, treatment for autism and ADHD, counseling, and more.

“Blue Dog in Hawaii” by Austen, age 9

Artist Abby and Program Director Annie


Annie Rogers, Program Director Anna Long, Huff Center Coordinator Melissa Hyman, Music Fellow

teaching volunteers and interns Amber Harrelson Amelia Coonrod Anna Stanley Bethany Hirz Cara Steinbuchel Carol Duin Cat Christianson Diane Hall Ed Drane Gil Calderwood Jessica Rehfield Kelsey Brown Kris Paradis Laura Elia Liz Glatstein Lizzy Widener Mary Edson Mimi Shackelford Valerie Poullette Altman


part of the care team at missiOn chilDren’s hOspital

When Licensed Clinical Social Worker Karen Duncan joined the Mission Pediatric Hematology/Oncology department three years ago, she was already familiar with Arts For Life from working at Duke Children’s Hospital. Not only did she have a frame of reference for Arts For Life’s programming, but she had witnessed firsthand the positive effects creating art had on patients and families there. So when it came to advocating for Arts For Life in Asheville, the role came naturally to her.

“Three Girls” by Elena, age 4

Arts For Life Asheville


by the numbers

2,001 4,620

Total People Supported patients, siblings, and family members

Total Hours of Service

direct contact hours, providing support to patients and families


Total Lessons Taught

visual art, music, and creative writing

Karen is often the first to introduce the Arts For Life program to newly-diagnosed families. She swears she doesn’t have a creative bone in her body (for the record, we don’t believe that’s true) but that doesn’t stop her from encouraging others. She does so because:

“Learning to make art and succeeding at it fosters patients’ self esteem, which carries over to other aspects of patients’ lives – their medical journeys, their academic experiences, and their personal relationships. Every time a child completes a project and feels good about the end result, you can see the sense of pride and accomplishment on his face. Kids either want to leave the project to hang in the clinic for everyone to see, or they really want to take it home for their parents to be proud of them.” Jahlani, age 10, at the art table

asheville would take her spot back between her parents. Annie was persistent. Paisley became more comfortable, and art became part of Paisley’s clinic routine.


For the first few times Paisley came to the cancer clinic after her diagnosis of Leukemia, she hardly said a word. She sat firmly planted on the waiting room couch between her parents, her big brown eyes shining above her surgical mask. Program Director Annie Rogers did her best to coax Paisley to the art table, and slowly but surely, she started to come around. First, her sisters came, and Paisley shyly joined them, the three of them making happy art messes together. But as soon as she was alone again, the spell was broken and Paisley


BUSTER BIKES FOR LIFE this time, With FrienDs

alOng FOr the riDe

Arts For Life supporter Buster Brown rode his bike cross-country in 2012 to raise funds for Arts For Life and other nonprofits close to his heart. In 2013, he decided to stay closer to home and ride in Cycle NC’s Mountains to Coast ride, from Spruce Pine to Atlantic Beach in one week — and he issued an invitation to all riders to join him in a Bike For Life! Along with Buster and wife Karen, Arts For Life staff Rachel Zink and Anna Long joined the ride,

Now, Paisley comes straight to the art table. After a discerning survey of the week’s projects, she makes her selections, most often gravitating toward drawing lessons. When Paisley draws, she enters a world of her own: she is confident, decisive, and boundlessly imaginative. During a recent map-drawing project, after Annie gave the most minimal of instructions, Paisley spent more than an hour quietly drawing her favorite places—home, school, the movie theater, the pond where she likes to fish—each down to the finest detail. In the center of the map, she drew herself, the long hair she hopes to have one day flowing down her back, playing ball on the playground with her friends. When Annie asked her if she was satisfied, if she thought the map was finished, Paisley, in her quiet way, sat looking at it for several minutes before nodding her head. And though she wasn’t willing to part with her work of art, she did grant Annie the privilege of snapping a photo of it just before she left.

along with cycling enthusiast family members. A tough but incredible week it was, seeing our beautiful state by bicycle and raising funds and awareness for Arts For Life. We raised over $4,000 through the Bike For Life campaign and look forward to 2014’s ride. You can join the team yourself! Ride the whole week or participate in 1-, 2-, or 3-day options. Contact us for more info on how to join the Bike For Life team: rachel@

Original bike-inspired artwork by patient Johnathan


music as a powerful tool for healing Music Fellow Melissa Hyman has been teaching music to patients and families on Mission’s pediatric inpatient unit going on four years now! Two afternoons a week, Melissa can be found pushing her music cart from room to room on the inpatient unit, wearing her guitar and inviting kids and teens to learn a new song or practice strumming chords. Nurse Jennifer Green shared,

“Recently, we had a teenage patient who would not engage in any activities within or outside of the hospital. Arts For Life was informed of the situation; their team talked to the patient and found out that he loves music and wanted to play the guitar. Arts For Life’s guitar teacher came in for each of

this patient’s visits to provide lessons. This patient at one time was ready to quit treatments. I have no doubt that he decided to keep going because of his dedication to his music. So in this respect, Arts For Life has saved this patient’s life.”

Arts For Life’s Music Fellowship Program is made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources,

the John Dickson Arts For Life Fellowship Fund, the Gannett Foundation, and Wells Fargo.

local color a beneFit aUctiOn

Long-time Arts For Life teaching volunteer Kris Paradis knows art. An accomplished artist, collector, teacher, PR pro, and Arts For Life advocate, Kris envisioned an auction of our area’s top-notch art and craft, supported by our area’s most talented and generous artisans.

“Giraffe” by Ayden, age 5

On October 25, 2013, Arts For Life friends, old and new, gathered at On Broadway in

downtown Asheville to raise funds for our programs. A lively live auction and beautiful silent auction included signature pieces donated by Steve Forbes deSoule, Jonas Gerard, Deborah Squier, Karen Newgard, and more. Auctioneer Allen Brasington III graciously presided over the festivities, sponsored in part by Celine & Co. Catering, and helped the crowd find the next artwork intended for the walls of their homes. Over $9,000 was raised that evening to sustain our educational art programs. Local Color was made possible through the generous sponsorship and continued support of M i s s i o n Children’s Hospital and WNC Magazine.


home is where the art is Arts For Life in Asheville started off 2013 on a high note, with its larger-thanlife art show, “Home is Where the Art Is,” at the Asheville Area Art Council’s ARTery Gallery. The show featured colorful prints, paintings, and drawings centered around the idea of “home,” all created by young artists in our programs.

installation honoring Arts For Life’s home state, North Carolina (see the finished piece on page 2!). The show itself, and the opening event in particular, reinforced the idea of “home” by proving that art really does have the power to bring a community together.

The focal point of the show was a large-scale cityscape featuring a variety of one-of-akind buildings, each designed by groups and individual Asheville students from the Zeis Pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinic, pediatric inpatient units, and the Olson Huff Center. Finally, Arts For Life students, parents, staff, and Mission Hospital staff folded hundreds of individual pieces of origami to form an

cara spOtlight On:

Cara Steinbuchel has known for years that she wanted to be an Arts For Life volunteer. She submitted an application more than five years ago, but when the training rolled around, life got in the way and the timing just wasn’t right. Fast forward to June 2013, when Cara, on a shopping trip to Greenlife Grocery encountered a couple of friendly Arts For Life volunteers who were manning an information table at the front of the store. She filled out a volunteer application on the spot, and this time, when the call for interviews came, she was the first to schedule one. Last fall, Cara started volunteering at the Zeis Clinic Art Table. In just a few short months,

she has become a Wednesday afternoon fixture for the patients and families. Kids immediately respond to her warm, friendly presence and bright smile. For Cara, an artist herself, teaching at the art table provides the opportunity to combine her creativity with her desire to give back:

“I love working with children, and I like the art-focused structure that Arts For Life provides. It is a perfect match for me, and a consistent, rewarding way to give back to our community. I love that I can see the direct impact we have.” Carter, goofing off at the art table


in and the triangle

Since 2003, Arts For Life has brought art, music, and creative writing to patients and families at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center in Durham.

Our chapter at Duke is particularly special because we see kids there who are undergoing bone marrow transplants — one of the few hospitals in the state that performs this procedure and the only one of our hospital partners. If a patient in Winston-Salem, Asheville, or Charlotte needs a bone marrow transplant, they may go to Duke — where they’ll be greeted by a friendly Arts For Life art teacher, just like at their home hospital or clinic. Arts For Life’s Durham Chapter has been led by Program Director Mary Margaret Fulk since 2006. Mary Margaret began her career with Arts For Life as an intern at our Asheville Chapter, then Interim Program Director, before moving to Durham to lead as Program Director. Here’s where our team serves kids and families at Duke: •

valvano day hospital, 2nd & 4th floor CliniCs: our three waiting room art stations serve kids with cancer and chronic diseases.

inpatient units: our bedside art lessons serve kids who must stay overnight in the hospital.

pediatriC Bone marrow transplant unit: our weekly art group for kids who live on the PBMT unit for up to 8 weeks, before, during, and after their transplant.

Program Director Mary Margaret and young artist Kailey

staff Mary Margaret Fulk, Program Director

teaching volunteers and interns Alison Griffin Breanna Ponzi Cailey Follet Carol Mitchell Carroll Cope Chelsea Saunders Emily Simpson Jan Cumberworth Katie Aiello Katie Ward Lorelei Voronin Rachel Johnson Suzanne Allen

“Dragon” by Elijah age 8

durham spOtlight On:

kelcey by Alison Griffin, Arts For Life Teaching Volunteer

Karli with her self-portrait and “Newspaper Birds” (above)

Arts For Life Durham


by the numbers

2,241 4,084

Total People Supported patients, siblings, and family members

Total Hours of Service

direct contact hours, providing support to patients and families


Total Lessons Taught visual art and creative writing

One day, while teaching art in the waiting room on the 4th floor of the Children’s Hospital, I saw a young girl walk in with her mother. It was the first time I had seen her, and she looked anxious. I approached them and asked if the young girl wanted to work on an art project with me. As soon as I said the word “art,” her eyes began to sparkle. She eagerly nodded yes, and with a broad grin made her way to the table, found a chair, and began creating project after project. Her visit that day was a lengthy one, so we spent the next couple of hours together drawing, painting, exchanging stories, and laughing. She even helped me come up with new art project ideas because we had completed all the ones I had planned for the day! What surprised me the most was that during our time together, she kept telling me that she was having the ‘best day ever!’ because she was getting to make art.

the best day ever? at the hospital?

It made no sense, yet made perfect sense at the same time. That was an eye-opening moment for me, and it made me realize this is why Arts For Life is here for Kelcey and so many others just like her: to serve as an anchor, to provide support, and to make their days the best they can be. For that reason, when I wake up each Thursday morning, my eyes begin to sparkle and a grin spreads across my face as I think to myself: today is art day.



Over many visits to see his doctor and Suzanne, Blaise created the colorful whale below. Suzanne would have his whale ready when he got off the elevator, and helped guide and encourage Blaise as he drew, painted, and created away. Blaise lost his battle with cancer in January, but his amazing spirit still lives on in the wonderful pictures he painted, creatures he sculpted, and laughter he ignited. Suzanne says, “It became clear that Blaise’s illness was affecting his speech and motor abilities, yet we still found a way to create art together. I would help him perform certain tasks, and he would give me a ‘thumbs up’ if he liked it; if he didn’t, he wouldn’t hesitate to give me a ‘thumbs down.’

Blaise and teaching volunteer Suzanne became fast friends. When at the hospital, he’d spend most of his time with Suzanne at the art table, chatting with the other kids and cracking jokes — all while creating artwork — that was as fun and whimsical as his bright personality. They bonded over their love of UNC basketball, and when Suzanne painted her fingernails Carolina Blue for Blaise’s UNC-themed birthday, he was the first to notice and couldn’t think of anything cooler.

A special

I know Arts For Life gave Blaise many creative experiences and something to look forward to at the hospital. I am so grateful that Arts For Life was, and is, a part of both our lives.”

thank you

Edith Rosenblatt Kevin Sowers Clif Flintom Paul Martin Kristen Ammon Karen McClure Keri Christianson

to our supporters and advocates at Duke Children’s Hospital! Jenna Brown Sharlotte West Laura Danku Jennifer Quinn Marion Kalbacker Anne Kosem Bill Taub

Cheryl Thaxton Entire Child Life Staff Family Support Program Katie Stoudemire Marshall McIver Rachel Bloch Harrison and many more...


see how we’ve grown!

Under Program Director Mary Margaret Fulk’s leadership and with the support of our friends at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center and our amazing team of volunteer and intern art teachers, our Arts For Life chapter at Duke has grown significantly over the past few years:

Number of People Served

We are so proud of this trend: serving more and more patients and families each year!

courage& color ‘tis the season are both things that our young artists have in spades, and last summer, we showcased their artistic achievements in a community art show! Over 200 people came to our art show at Relevance in downtown Durham to see what our artists had been busy creating while at Duke Children’s Hospital — including our fun totem pole/Rubik’s cube-inspired artwork, featuring photos of patients and members of their care team.

Mary Catherine, checking out the other kids on the totem

Arts For Life took part in the Triangle Tree Challenge again in 2013, and this time, our tree was inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night — with a Durham twist! Kids in the hospital decorated hundreds of stars to deck the tree, and also painted 3D wooden forms to represent the Durham skyline. (There’s also a Duke Children’s Hospital tower, with painted pictures of happy kids looking out ther windows!) Our volunteers and artists had a great time working on this collaborative project.

durham Marshall, with her student Jason

part of the care team


DUke chilDren’s hOspital

By definition, an advocate is someone who speaks on behalf of an organization or a cause. Since the beginning of Arts For Life at Duke Children’s Hospital, Marshall McIver has been the very best kind of advocate for our program. A teacher with Duke’s hospital school since 1996, she is a friend, collaborator, and champion of the Arts For Life mission.

“Art” by Tristan, age 14

At the hospital, you might run into Marshall as she is wheeling down the hall, backpack in tow, her cart full of supplies — ready to teach, engage, and inspire young patients who can’t attend their usual school due to treatments and long hospital stays. Her joy for learning and discovery is contagious. Her compassion and love for her work is clearly seen in the way she connects with each student she works with — no matter the physical, emotional, or cognitive challenges they may face. As an educator, she fully connects with our ideals and mission to reach and support families through exposure to the arts.

“Art education helps students with their development of critical thinking skills, linguistic skills, and it also helps students to learn how to describe, analyze, and verbally express themselves,” said Marshall. Often, Marshall

and Program Director Mary Margaret will collaborate on lessons that weave together the arts and other subjects like history, science, and language arts. When asked about what Arts For Life brings to kids in the hospital, she said, “Maybe most

importantly, Arts For Life instructors make children feel special, cared for, and happy!”

“The J-Fizzle Experience” by Jaxsen, age 13

in winston-salem and the triad Arts For Life

was born in WinstonSalem in 2001, when our founder’s 11-year-old sister Katie was diagnosed with bone cancer. Anna Vogler Littman, Arts For Life’s founder, gave Katie a camera and taught photography lessons to help her get through the tough days, weeks, and months of treatment. Soon, Anna was teaching six kids on the inpatient unit; then twelve, then twenty. With the support of Brenner Children’s Hospital, Anna launched Arts For Life with one patient, one camera, and one art lesson, and grew from there to teach a wide variety of visual arts, music, and creative writing. Today, over 2,000 patients, siblings, and family members each year participate in Arts For Life’s educational art programs at Brenner. The teaching team has expanded to include over twenty volunteers, interns, and Music Fellows, led by Program Director Betsey McLawhorn since 2005. Here’s where we serve kids and families at Brenner: •

9th floor hematology/onCology CliniC: our waiting room art station serves kids with cancer and blood diseases.

9th floor inpatient unit: our bedside lessons serve kids who must stay overnight in the hospital.

10th floor Behavioral health unit: music education for children and adolescents battling emotional, mental, and behavioral health issues.

new in 2013! 7th floor CliniCs: our waiting room art station serves kids who visit one of NINE specialty clinics, like Cardiology, Rheumatology, or Pulmonology.

Artist Hope and Program Director Betsey

staff Betsey McLawhorn, Program Director Colin Allured, Music Fellow

teaching volunteers and interns Anna Jarrell Bethany Pan Brigham Wall Cameron Ford Dabney Ruffin Danielle Roman Deb Nolan Emily Ortiz Jenna Lacey Jennifer Herbst Jessica Ardecky Kara Chambers Karleigh Ash

Katie Longinotti Laura Ball Laura Statham Lauren Ling Lindsey Meacham Lizzy Stewart Megan Shoaf Missy Warren Sam Boyce Sarah Maxey Shelly Whittington Sydney Shirley Tiffany Parris



Eight-year-old Aidan has spent countless hours in the hospital with Arts for Life since being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2011. When Aidan first started coming to the art table, he was enthusiastic but easily distracted, and would charmingly try to trick his teachers into finishing his art projects. Over time, the art table became both a fun and relaxing place for Aidan to be creative, and also a place to develop his focus and attention span. Now, Aidan loves working on more challenging, detail-oriented projects, easily getting lost in hours of art.

“Me and My Pet” by Joshua, age 10

Arts For Life Winston-Salem


by the numbers


Total People Supported patients, siblings, and family members


Total Hours of Service

direct contact hours, providing support to patients and families


Total Lessons Taught

visual art, music, and creative writing

Nearly three years into his treatment, Aidan is still up at the hospital several times a month for clinic visits. Aidan loves both painting and drawing with Arts for Life teacher Lauren, who he has been learning from since the beginning of treatment. Lauren has been instrumental in helping Aidan learn to focus and finish projects, and they sure have had a lot of fun in the process. Once, when painting on paper just didn’t seem interesting enough, Aidan even made a canvas out of Lauren’s face! Joey and Erin, Aidan’s parents, tell us: “As parents of a child with Leukemia, ADHD, and Autism, fear of the unknown is with you and your family every day. To have Arts For Life available makes every visit just that much easier. Whether it’s watching cartoons with my son to inspire that day’s art project or helping a bunch of children feel better about themselves through art, the Arts For Life team’s dedication to these kids is often just as important as the medical team.”



The mission of Arts For Life goes beyond teaching art to our pediatric patients; it includes family members, friends, and even staff. For siblings, time spent in the hospital can be difficult, and often they can feel as if their needs take a backseat to those of their ill sibling. Arts For Life provides a positive outlet and a personal space for siblings to explore their creativity and connect with a dedicated teacher and other kids. Three-year-old Piper discovered just how joyful a trip to the hospital can be when there is a table filled with art supplies that welcomes her endless imagination! Piper’s infant brother, Watts, was diagnosed with Leukemia in May of 2013, and the family spent many days and nights in the hospital. From almost the very moment of Watts’ diagnosis, Piper began spending her days at the art table, her creative energy keeping her engaged for two or even three hours at a time! With her Arts For Life teachers and her family often by her side, Piper has learned printmaking, collage, sculpture, and even costume design.

“Piper at the Beach” and “Piper in the Snow,” mixed-media digital collages, featuring Piper and her handmade mask


volunteer spotlight:

When Sam Boyce learned that there was a program in North Carolina that used art education as a way to help children cope with illness and hospital visits, she knew she had to be a part of the team. Sam was drawn to the idea that in addition of being able to share a fun experience and create cool artwork, that children would develop confidence while fostering a community of families who are all a part of something creative and meaningful. In 2013, Sam spent six hours a week with our families, both at the art table and with bedside lessons on our inpatient unit. Arts For Life became a part of Sam’s routine: “It’s the

most important part of my week, and I look forward to coming to the hospital to spend time with the kids who get a chance to create something beautiful all on their own. The positive energy they give off when they’re working on something they care about is so inspiring!” Our teachers enjoy learning from our patients, from a little life lesson to a new art technique. In a recent art lesson where Sam was instructing a quiet teenager how to sculpt a 3D snowman, she noticed he was very intent on following instructions and never straying from the steps. Sam recognized this as a moment to help develop his creative thinking skills. She noticed superhero sheets on the patient’s bed, and decided to make a cape for her snowman. The young teen felt the creative spark, gave the snowman a name and story, and then began sculpting additional characters to go along with the storyline. The response from the student was excitement, but more importantly, he became engaged in the moment, beyond learning a step-by-step process. Sam noted later, “I think we both learned that art is about being in the moment, having fun, and sometimes, throwing the rules out!”


posters on parade

As part of an exciting film-inspired partnership with a/perture cinema in downtown WinstonSalem in summer 2013, our artists were charged with the creative task of recreating their favorite movie posters. The kids worked LARGE-scale — 22x28” — and worked for hours on these posters. They were displayed in a special opening exhibit in the Chatham Arts Building, and the posters have rotated on permanent display at a/perture!

Carter (right) and Rima (below) work diligently on their respective movie poster re-creations: Star Wars and Horton Hears a Who. Other kids’ poster choices included Mary Poppins and Dolphin Tale.

Nykee and her Arts For Life teacher, Lauren; eight-year-old Aiden made the nurses masks with more personality; Kimberly’s “Itty-Bitty Jaguar”


part of the care team


brenner chilDren’s hOspital Director of Nursing Penny Blake has been a long-time supporter of Arts For Life, and a tremendous hospital advocate for our programs. Penny believes that, “Arts

For Life is a key part of the patient experience at Brenner Children’s Hospital, promoting a healing environment through art.” In 2013, she recognized how the positive presence of a creative outlet allows students to express themselves, while experiencing the benefits of healing emotionally and physically as they explore with paint, sculpture, or any other medium Arts For Life offers.

The 2nd Annual

We asked Penny to share ways that Arts For Life directly impacts the hospital experience for patients and families. She noted that we “allow children and teens to interact with each other,” offering an environment great for building peer relationships. Penny noted that, “when patients create together, the hospital experience is less stressful for both the patients and their families.” Additionally, she recognized the passion and energy that Arts For Life staff and volunteers share “promotes a fun, child-friendly environment where children can enjoy and be themselves.”

“Each time I see children at the art table, I am so grateful for Arts For Life. The child is always engaged in the art activity and is truly enjoying being a kid! Arts For Life nourishes the spirits of our children, teens, parents, and staff.”

roll& stroll

A hUge Success!

More than 900 people walked, strolled, and rode bikes as part of our familyfriendly Roll & Stroll through Tanglewood Park’s Festival of Lights - the night before the Festival opened to car traffic — and helped raise over $20,000 to support our program at Brenner Children’s Hospital! This festive fun evening was made possible by an incredible team of dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors, like: the Clemmons Community Foundation, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Steve and Anne Sessions, BB&T, Twin City Kiwanis Club, Kingery & Kingery DDS, Fairway Outdoor Advertising, and more.

Mark Your Calendars! This year’s Roll & Stroll will be on Friday, November 21! Interested in helping with this exciting special event?? Email us:

in From 2007 to 2013,


Arts For Life brought art, music, and creative writing to patients and families at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte. First launched in 2007 with the support of a generous grant from Microsoft, then sustained by the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, grants, donations, and special events, our Charlotte Chapter was led by Program Director Sarah Alexander since 2007. Here’s where we served kids and families at Novant Health for six years: •

hemBy Children’s hospital: bedside art, music, and creative writing lessons for kids who stayed overnight in the hospital

Blume pediatriC hematology/onCology CliniC: our waiting room art station served kids with cancer and blood diseases and special support groups, like the teen and young adult-focused ALL OUT (Always Living Life on OUr own Terms)

Four-year-old Mariah, printmaking with Sarah Alexander


Sarah Alexander, Program Director Grey Brewster, Music Fellow Kevin Gill, Music Fellow

teaching volunteers and interns

Alex Cruz Cathy Preiss Cindy Osborne Erica Biggerstaff Gabrielle Wolfe Heather Shaw Jenn Divittorio Jennie Kravchenko Jennie Winston Jordan Lyles Kendra Nealy Kim Delp “Hope” by Shamari, age 20

Kimberly Konen Kristen Clements Leah Bruns Lindsay Wilson Lindsay Jones Mamie Bomar Maureen Haggstrom Megan Gielow Chris Quick Sarah Weishaar Sarah Craig Coles Tia Wackerhagen

charlotte Arts For Life Charlotte


by the numbers


Total People Supported patients, siblings, and family members


Total Hours of Service

direct contact hours, providing support to patients and families


Total Lessons Taught

visual art, music, and creative writing

camp c.a. r.e. the art

& craFt cabin at

(Cancer Ain’t Really the End)

For the first time, in 2013, Program Director Sarah and her team provided a whole week of art activities for 200 campers from the Charlotte area: kids who are battling cancer and their brothers and sisters. Since the camp takes place in the mountains of North Carolina, two hours from Charlotte, “The Art & Craft Cabin” was an all hands on deck experience for teachers and students. Plenty of volunteers from both Asheville and Charlotte Arts For Life chapters, as well as Arts For Life staff Rachel, Annie, and Anna, joined in the summertime fun at Camp Lurecrest. In five bustling days of artmaking, the projects ranged from paintings on wood “canvases” to plane building, felting, photo journals, blind contour paintings, jewelry making, duct tape accessories, and more! As always, the kids elaborated on the projects and inspired the teachers with their creations. The colorful, sculptural, fantastical artwork fit right in with the Dr. Seuss-inspired theme for camp. Camp C.A.R.E was busy, messy most of all, fun!

We can’t wait for another week of summer fun, excitement, and creativity at camp in 2014!

spOtlight On:



charlotte Lisa is only ten years old, but she has the soul of a seasoned artist. Lisa has been an Arts For Life student since she was five and is always the first to jump up to the art table and ask about the daily project. Sometimes, she’ll take a break from creating art to sing the newest tune that she has been practicing. If you time it right, you might even find Lisa performing monthly at the Evening Muse, a local music venue in Charlotte’s NoDa Art District! Lisa is an artist, through and through, and her Arts For Life teachers feel lucky to have been a part of her artist’s journey.


Megan is a professional photographer who travels all across the United States and beyond for clients. She is a highly sought-after photographer — which makes us even more fortunate to have snagged Megan as a teaching volunteer! Megan has worked with Arts For Life as a weekly art table teacher, a teen group art leader, a Camp Care volunteer, and a Ronald McDonald House volunteer. If you need to know anything about Arts For Life, Megan is the woman to ask! We are so thankful for Megan’s time and the dedication she has given to Arts For Life, as we are for all of our volunteers and interns.

Volunteer Megan, posing for ALL OUT (teen and young-adult art group) member and photographer Heather


bringing art home away from home In summer 2013, we were thrilled to add one more program site to our Charlotte chapter:

therapeutic for them, and offer a wonderful break from their hospital visits. We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to our guests!” — Ari Harris, Volunteer Coordinator at Ronald McDonald House

We started providing weekly art workshops for the families supported by Ronald McDonald House. It is a wonderful way to meet family members of pediatric patients and to work with patients outside of the hospital environment. “We know our guest families are going through a stressful, overwhelming, and often frightening time, so we do everything we can to distract them from that. Having a weekly Arts For Life workshop gives our families a chance to engage in something positive and fun. These art projects are

Ten-year-old Gabriella with her printmaking self-portrait; at left, prints created by many artists at Ronald McDonald House drying

“Linda, the Mother of All Owls” by Mary, age 8; Eliza, choosing the xylophone for her jam with Music Fellow Grey; “Jar of Hearts” by Hannah

our donors and supporters keep

Arts For Life thriving and growing.

You touched the lives of more than 6,900 people battling illness and disability last year!

for that, you have our deepest gratitude. our hospital partners and advoCates:

at Brenner Children’s Hospital: Dr. John McConnell, Penny Blake, Cheryl Saylor, Dr. Tom McLean, Dr. Marcia Wofford, Jeff Ungetheim, Katrina Wheeler, Anne Shaw, Arts & Health, and more at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center: Kevin Sowers, Clif Flintom, Edith Rosenblatt, Children’s Miracle Network, Kristen Ammon, Paul Martin, Sharlotte West, Marion Kalbacker, and more at Mission Children’s Hospital: Dr. Ron Paulus, Dr. Susan Mims, Tara Horan, Volunteer Leadership Committee, Dr. Cindy Brown, Dr. Orren Beaty, Dr. Doug Scothorn, Dr. Krystal Bottom, and more at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center: Michael Vaccaro, Jamie Hayes, Nora King, the Child Life team, Dr. Paulette Bryant, Melanie Cherry-Conklin, and more

our generous supporters, foundations, and Community organiZations: The Vogler Family The Owen Family The Cecil Family Anne and Bruce Babcock Parsec Financial Fleshman Pratt Foundation Tony Stewart Foundation North Carolina Arts Council Ramble Charitable Fund Kenan Family Foundation Mary Norris Preyer Fund

Wells Fargo Foundation Doug Michaels and Mariano Garrido-Lopez LEGO Children’s Fund Rosalind Willis & Greg Olson Greenlife Whole Foods Market Cardinal Health Foundation Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild Franklin Academy Clemmons Community Foundation Forrest & Gene Vogler Endowment Joe and Gil Calderwood Me Fine Foundation Carol Mitchell & Crafton Mitchell Gannett Foundation CarePartners Foundation Lynn and Steven Forbes-deSoule Twin City Kiwanis Club The Scothorn Family Leonard Murray Larry and Lindy Koralik

Mary Beth Blackwell-Chapman and Chris Chapman Jack and June Blunk Mike and Lisa Sears Reedeemer Presbyterian Church Rachel and Jason Zink Richard Moorer Endowment Paradis Foundation Mimi Shackelford Highwoods Properties Augsburg Lutheran Church Virginia Kemp William and Betsy Long Moore & Van Allen Petty Family Foundation Dr. Ben and Jeanne Powell Regency Realty Group Rotary Club of Western Forsyth Sessions Specialty Company Anne & Steve Sessions Jana and Dana Stonestreet Karen and Buster Brown Truliant Federal Credit Union Hominy Valley Elementary School Blue Mountain Pizza Dickson Art Fellowship Fund Mary Nesbitt Debbie and Albert Goeken Bill Catlin and Laleah Adams Elizabeth Mangone Sherwood Forest PTA Woman’s Civic Club of Asheville Josephine Chandler

Owen Gwyn Dr. Will Sparks Arts For Life Endowment Fund All American Athletic Association Louise Glickman and Daryl Slaton Amy and Kevin McMullen Myrt McNeely Cheri Flood Wolf Creek Engineering Burlington Day School Robert Ward Laura Statham Emily Brockett William Stevens and Family John and Joan Dickson Tony and Lee Faucette First Financial Services Karen and Michael Fitzgerald Thomas and Carol Galuhn JC Harris Holdings Kingery & Kingery DDS John Cram Rotary Club of Mocksville Robert and Frances Seehausen BB&T Wes and Lee Sugg Michael and Annie Worsman Becky Anderson Ten Thousand Villages Sharon Zink The Hop Ice Cream Cafe Dr. and Mrs. Charles Cummings Emily Brockett

thank you to our friends:

Valerie Poullette Altman and Stewart Altman Kay and Werner Bonitz Patti and Dale Fulk Luciano Lopez and Paige Garrido Randy Norris Jerri Smith Mary Ann Warren Bank of America Endurance Magazine Manning Rotary Club Mary Hammett Goria Properties Kathleen and Stephen Wheeler Sarah and Lee Bock Tammara Capps Rebecca and Daniel Coker Will Dwiggins George and Elizabeth Ivey Kelly and Jonathan Keane William McKinney Margaret Newell Dr. John Petty Adam Reed William and Pamela Winkler Karen and Buster Brown The Brown Family Foundation Buffalo Exhange Kelly Joe and Sherry Whitmire The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Westchester Country Day School Happy Body

a little change makes a


Kris Paradis Gabriele Rainey Dr. Krystal Bottom Dr. Sharon Castellino Margaret and Thomas Cooper Roslyn Grand Ruth and John Johnson Cynthia and Michael Justice Barbara and Charles Mars Ann Margaret and Harold Rotman Harry Rowney Julia and Sam Simmons Sue and Charles Simpson Charles and Martha Sutton Yvonne and Clayton Treska Catawba Fire Protection Junior League of Charlotte Dave Voss West Forsyth High School Marion and David Kalbacker Anne Rippy Sidney and Mason Nichols Jeff Beck St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Ellen Bacon Kirk and Lucy Borland Linda and Daniel Brown Mary Hinkle Doby Rebecca Elliott Sheila Ennis and Tom Schulz Sandy Ericson Michelle Hamilton Patricia Johnston


Last fall, students at Hominy Valley Elementary School in Candler, NC, led by 2nd graders Ella Jane Osada and Mary Emma Rhinehart, raised more than $1,000 in spare change to benefit Arts For Life! The new initiative, called Coins For Kids Art, is geared towards school-age kids who want to help support Arts For Life’s program by fundraising in a fun, easy way that gets the whole school involved. Hominy Valley’s Principal, Dr. Jackson, says, “Coins For Kids Art is a wonderful way for our school community to help children who are going through a difficult time due to chronic or serious illness. Children

Kimberly Mason Stewart Griffin and Raymond O’Neill Jeanette Stokes Paula Tanabe Marguerite Taylor Diann and David Worley Friends of Santa Claus St. Michaels School Gary and Betty Lou Vontsolos Roxanne Turpen Suzanne Allen Thomas Schutz J. Keith Norman Mary Weaver Scott Young Judy Futch Consulting Miles Reck Snee and Stefen Howard Brandy Clement and Dave Klingler Planet Art Gail Kramlich Rebecca Jones Alice Oglesby IO Design & Illustration Scott Abernethy Margaret Armfield Jack and Ann Arnholt Carolyn and Doug Bailey Phil Bednar Joan Bolton Deborah and Thomas Border James Borendame

naturally love the arts and what better way to take their mind off the stress of being sick in the hospital?” The students loved collecting coins for a great cause, and were even featured on the local news station WLOS, in a segment called “Never Stop Learning.” Thank you to Ella Jane, Mary Emma, Hominy Valley students and teachers, and WLOS! If you’d like to start a Coins For Kids Art campaign at your child’s school, contact us today!

more of our gratitude goes to: Anelia and Steven Brady Cynthia and Carl Bridenstine Johnnie and Charlie Briggs Terry Brino-Dean Juan Cadena Kelley Caruso Mr. and Mrs. Lee Chaden Lillian and Charles Chapman Linda and Jack Coleman Dr. and Mrs. James Cummings Peggy and Ed Drane Janet Earnheart James and Kimerly Edwards Barbara Eldridge Dr. and Mrs. Miles Elmore Mrs. Elizabeth Felts Rachel Friel Anne Herndon and Joseph Frisina Daliah Gans Sarah and Henry Garbee Kathryn Goldman Amber and Nick Hammer Mrs. Gordon Hanes Amret Hawfield Mary Margaret and Brett Hesse Mary Jo Hinton Mary and James Holmes David Howard Mary Hyde Deborah Scott James

Joanne Kurtzberg Gwenda Ledbetter Dana Lichty and James Weikart Timothy Little Susan Lyday Devadasan and Cecilia Madhavan John Parker and Easter Maynard Mollie McGirt Tina Merhoff, DDS, PA Judith and Dennis Michele Thomas G. Morris Deirdre Mullen Beverly and Leonard Noyes Dr. and Mrs. James Powell Jack and Alma Roeder Al and Louise Root Mary and Paul Rumple Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sanders, Jr. Alice Schmitz Mary Shaffer Shirley Sharpe Wilson and Ann Sims Jill and George Stowe Alex Taylor Greg Tennent Cecilia and James Venglarik Melody Watral Dr. Dan Wechsler Amy and Chuck Wolfe Robert and Susan Wood James Woodruff III Edith Rosenblatt Malinda Beamer Heidi’s Uniforms Plyler Supply Co. Professional Massage by Danielle Trader Joe’s Varner Electric Inc. Williams Coatings Kristi Schleder Beate Short Diana and George Bilbrey Mary and Andrew Cerillo Eugene and Barbara Earnhardt Doris Goodwin Mary and Doug Lyles Artist Abby, at the clinic

Rebecca and Richard Manske Dr. Richard Patterson Marilyn and Paul Phibbs Steven Quinn Leah Shaw Randi Smith Susan B. Wall Kate Mathews Folkwear Ginger and Scott Huebner Roots & Wings School of Art Laura Ashley Robyn Latessa and Tim Plaut Linda and Kevin Routh Frank Dwyer and Nancy Swift The High Fiber Co. Seed & Sky Lynne Caldwell Carol Duin Ada Lea Birnie Mary Anne Kosem Cheri Potter and Lindsay Whitner Laura Yannuzzi Reed Olszak Alison Zink Essential Journeys David and Donna Hollinshead Dirt Road Designs Jane Alexander Nels Arnold Sheila Blum Kathleen Buchta Molly and Jack Burtle Jean Clayton Ruffin Collett Kay Crews Ruth Cruz Paul Del Mastro Amy and Bradley Duffner Mrs. Phyllis H. Dunning Vivienne Dutzar Dean Eayre Regina Edwards Arlene Fairley Anita Fletcher Barbara and John Fletcher Ketti and Chad Flickinger John Memoli and Lorraine Flynn

and a big thanks to:

Linda Gitter Ross Gobble Harold Gollberg Susan Greenfield Elaine and Walter Greiner Albert Gudger Suzy Johnson Lindsay Jones Jean and Joseph Karpen Jan Kelly Kelli Knoupf Emi Kubota Leslie LeMaster Irene Lenhardt Robert and Linda Lewis Michael Ludwig Thomas and Susan Luebchow Celeste Lyon Judy Major Margaret March Jack Pinyan and Linda Mason Helen and George McCall Gayle Meredith

Libby and Jim Mijanovich Julia Miley Mary Miller Mary Ellen Minella Nancy Moser Lillian Murray Jane Hatchett Nast Dorothy and Henry Nelson Kristen Oakley Orrin and Sharlene Pilkey Andrea Radulovic Velvet Rattelade Rachel Reeves Sherry Richards Julianne Rogers Mel Nelis and Guy Ross Jack Ryder Sarah Sapp Lori and Fred Schuls Lynette Seiter Linda and Larry Sharpe Anna Stanley Stacy Stout

thank you to our wonderful 2013

Lawrence and Ruth Anne Thompson Richard Trotman Cathy Ulber Linda and Ben Vernon Cynthia and Peter Walker Faye and Nathan Williams Jane Williams Lynn Williams Susan Wood John Young Bethlehem United Methodist Church Kensington Financial Group Kowloon Chinese Restaurant Musician’s Workshop The Osada Family Debbie Cone Macelle Cone Abigail Howe Kennerly and William Jordan Hart Stuck and many more!

community volunteers

There isn’t enough room in the world (much less on these pages) to print the names of all the people who hold Arts For Life in their hearts and actively advocate for our kids outside of the hospital. We are deeply grateful for each and every one of you! Project Prep Volunteers Special Event Committee Members Task Force Members Steering Committee Members Ardent Supporters and the list goes on! We also thank Luquire George Andrews for selecting Arts For Life as a recipent of pro bono marketing, advertising, graphic design, and PR services as part of their Goodstock campaign! Among many other things, LGA created the new logo and tagline you see in this report.

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Arts For Life 2013 Annual Report  
Arts For Life 2013 Annual Report  

2013 marks our twelfth year of teaching visual art, music, and creative writing lessons to pediatric patients and their families in children...