Pediatric Cancer Patients Express Hopes and Dreams through Art at Beckstrand Foundation Art Show

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Patients of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach used paint, colored pencils, tissue paper, magazine collages and more to creatively express themselves through art.

Artists had the opportunity to share their art projects with more than 30 patients, employees, families and friends in attendance at the Beckstrand Foundation Hematology/Oncology Art Show at Miller Children’s. The Beckstrand Cancer Foundation both funded and hosted the special event.

The art therapy program at Miller Children’s, funded by Beckstrand since March 2009, encourages creativity through art to help children cope with serious and life-threatening illnesses. It is difficult for any person, let alone children, to physically, psychologically and emotionally understand and express their feelings when battling cancer or other life-threatening disorders. The art therapy program at Miller Children’s focuses on physical, mental and emotional well-being of patients by self-expression through art, providing children different outlets to cope with feelings of fear, anger and hope.

This year, the theme for the art show was “hopes and dreams.” The artists expressed their hopes and dreams through art and showcased their impressive projects for all the guests to enjoy. All patients received medals for participation. In addition to the art exhibition, the festivities included face painting, decorating picture frames and tie dying tee shirts. Singer, Vivan Cureton, provided musical entertainment with her beautiful voice and the Junior Pearls of Beckstrand provided crafts for the art show and volunteered their time at the event.

“It was a day full of fun, music, dance and art,” says Carrie Cottone, art therapist, Miller Children’s, “It was a very memorable and cherished day for all.”


2 Responses to “Pediatric Cancer Patients Express Hopes and Dreams through Art at Beckstrand Foundation Art Show”
  1. I am the CEO / Owner of Madcap Logic, LLC, which makes Creativity Express Online. It is web-based, animated ,interactive art education geared toward children ages 6-12 (approximate grades 2-6). We deliver the 16 lesson program through any web browser, the only requirement is a flash player (not ipad compatible). The content was created by former Disney and Dreamworks animators, who had a desire to empower children’s inner creativity and self-expression through the arts.

    As the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation Art Therapy Program is focusing on the same age group as our program, and we share the same mission, I hope that you have a chance to look at Creativity Express through the above website. We may be able to collaborate in an effort to assist these children.

    • Carrie Cottone says:

      Hi Elise,

      I just happened to look over this article today and would love to talk to you about a possible collaboration. I look forward to meeting you in the near future and thank you for your interest.

      Carrie Cottone