Opening Reception: September 2 from 2 – 5pm
Showing through September, 17, 2017
To highlight Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will host an Arts For Life children’s exhibition and benefit, September 2 – 17. Arts For Life is an Asheville-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. Arts For Life helps children in four cities across North Carolina, and locally partners with Mission Children’s Hospital.
An opening reception, sponsored by The Hop Ice Cream Café, will take place at Grovewood Gallery on Saturday, September 2 from 2 – 5pm (free and open to the public). All featured artwork will be for sale, and 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Arts For Life. Grovewood Gallery will also donate 10 percent of all gallery sales and offer a 10 percent discount on all ceramic art during the opening day of the exhibition.
Every day across North Carolina, Arts For Life’s team of staff members, volunteers, interns, and teaching fellows brightens the lives and healthcare experiences of children and families facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By bringing visual art, music, and creative writing education into hospitals and clinics, they help these children and teens remember that they’re not just patients: they’re artists, musicians, and poets, with a world of possibility at their fingertips.
Arts For Life’s educational art programs in visual arts, creative writing, and music 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. They turn hospital rooms into artist studios where children can focus on building a tile mosaic, writing a poem, or crafting a song—not on the pricks, pokes, and treatments they’re about to receive.
Since 2001, Arts For Life has delivered top-notch art, music, and creative writing lessons to people across North Carolina who are battling cancer and other serious illnesses. Last year, their teaching team taught more than 22,000 lessons to over 6,900 patients, siblings, and family members!