The Impact of Brushes with Cancer
After 10 years and more than three dozen Brushes with Cancer programs, we continue to see evidence that the experience is impactful for both Artists and Inspirations. Connections over the past decade continue to be strong and our Brushes with Cancer program offers healing for anyone touched by cancer. Explore the connections made by Artists and Inspirations in 2022 in the Brushes with Cancer Impact Brochure 2022.
Creating Unexpected Intersections
Brushes with Cancer strategically matches artists with those touched by cancer to create unique pieces of artwork reflective of their journey. Over a period of 4 months, pairs will connect virtually and their relationships are guided and supported by Twist Out Cancer mentors with the intention of creating a support system for both the artist and inspiration. The program finishes on a high note with our signature celebratory art exhibition, gala and auction.+ Read More
Artists, Inspirations, and Mentors
Brushes With Cancer Program participants understand and are aware of the personal values brought to the experience—and avoid imposing— values religious/ spiritual beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Participants respect the diversity of other program participants, mentors, TOC staff. Mentor support is to be sought where there is risk of imposing values, especially when values encounter conflict, or are discriminatory in nature.
Brushes with Cancer programs have taken place in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Toronto, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Philadelphia, Detroit and Austin. Since 2011, we have reached over 46,000 individuals through Brushes with Cancer.
How is the art sold (at auction) priced?
The participating artist sets the price for the work created.
How much time does the Artist and Inspiration need to spend together?
Matched Artists and Inspirations should “connect” a minimum 6 times over 5 months. This can be in-person, by video chat or phone. We also encourage exchanges by text and email. On average, Brushes participants engage in 5 hours of meaningful interaction.
Email August Spree, Program Director.