Cancer survivors use art as an emotional outlet in museum exhibition
September 28, 2006
Anchorage Museum partners with Providence Cancer Center to promote healing through art during exhibition of Lilly Oncology on Canvas (On view Oct. 8 through 29)Art heals.That's the philosophy that led the National Endowment for the Arts and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare to convene a symposium in 2003 that brought together professionals in medicine, the arts, social services, media, business and government to develop a strategic plan for advancing cultural programming in healthcare across the United States. Since then more than 2,500 hospitals around the country have begun arts programming to create healing environments, support patient mental and emotional recovery, communicate health information, and foster positive working conditions. Many partner with community arts agencies, including arts councils and museums to bring art into the sphere of healthcare. It is in this spirit that Providence Cancer Center and the Anchorage Museum have partnered to promote art education and cancer support group activities during the exhibition of Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Woman's Cancer Journey, on view at the Anchorage Museum Oct. 8 through 29. The exhibition was conceived by Eli Lilly and Company to provide those affected by cancer the opportunity to express visually and in narrative the life-affirming changes that happen after a cancer diagnosis. Oncology on Canvas recognizes those cancer survivors who have used art as an emotional outlet and inspires others in self-discovery and self-expression. On view is a selection of the 400 entries from 23 countries, including painting, photography and other media. "Art, in and of itself, is therapeutic and gives someone dealing with a chronic condition or serious illness avenues for self-expression, materials for coping and a sense of control which illness takes away," says Elise Strauss, Art Venture program coordinator for Providence Cancer Center, an art therapy program developed last spring. "Art is a powerful medium that helps people cope. " The philosophy that art heals will be explored throughout the Oncology on Canvas exhibition's run with the following activities presented in conjunction with Providence Cancer Center.
For more information on the Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibit and related activities, call 343-6151.
Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- The Anchorage Breast Cancer Support Group will meet at the Anchorage Museum for a special viewing and discussion of Oncology on Canvas Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
********(Note to members of the media: some cancer patients at the support group will be available for interviews, including a male breast cancer survivor)**********
- A special exhibit of art works created by participants in the ArtVentures program will be on view Oct. 9 through 29 in the hallway leading to the museum's Children's Gallery.
- Providence Cancer Center will hold three special ArtVenture classes at the Anchorage Museum for people touched by cancer:
Family Printmaking (for Families with children ages 5 and older)
The outcome of this family oriented class is the creation of a "composite" print. Each family member makes his or her own print blocks which are then printed both separately and together to create a family portrait, or composite. Led by artist Jen Jolliff. Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Casual Watercolors (for adults)
Explore watercolor movement and form, as well as an introduction to color, pigments, papers and brushes. No prior watercolor experience needed; just a willingness to experiment. Led by artist Catherine Senungetuk Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Photography Basics: Digital Portraits and Lighting (for adults and teens)
This class will present tips on lighting, subject poses, appropriate backgrounds and other tricks of the trade that will transform your photos of family, friends, and treasured objects into an art form of your own making. Please bring your digital camera with you to class. Led by photographer Michael Conti. Call 743-2629 to register for art classes. Space is limited.