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 where the artwork is revealed for the first time. Due to the nature of the pandemic all Brushes with Cancer programs will be held virtually with the hope of being able to gather in the near future.
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 40,000 individuals through Brushes with Cancer.
Applications to participate in our open Brushes with Cancer 2021 programs are now available online! Please note that these programs are not restricted by geographic location. Inspirations ( individuals touched by cancer) and Artists are encouraged to apply to the program that works best with their schedule.
The deadline to apply for the Northeast and Midwest Programs is February 28, 2021.
The deadline to apply for the Southern Program is June 1, 2020.
Northeastern Program: The program will begin at the end of March and the art exhibition and celebratory event will take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021 virtually and with a physical installation in the Northeastern part of the United States.
Midwestern Program: The program will begin at the beginning of April and the art exhibition and celebratory event will place on Saturday, November 13, 2021 virtually and with a physical installation in the Chicagoland area.
Southern Program: The program will begin at the beginning of July and the art exhibition and celebratory event will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2022 virtually and with a physical installation in the Southern part of the United States.
To apply as an Artist or Inspiration please see below.
Mentors play a critical role in supporting our participants and this is a unique way to volunteer with our community. Mentors are responsible for ensuring that the pairs are connecting appropriately, understand the expectations of the program and most importantly provide a supportive connection between the inspiration and artist.
The pairing between the artist and inspiration creates an intersection and connection that may otherwise never have been made. For both artists and inspirations, there is a lot of vulnerability and openness required to tell stories and to actively listen. A Mentor can be there to share in the joy of the program and storytelling but is also there to solve problems, lend clinical support and ensure each match feels supported throughout their experience.
Mentors are responsible for checking in with their matches 4-6 times over the course of the program. These check-ins can be completed over the phone or in person. The touch points can be brief if the pairs are connecting appropriately or may require additional attention depending on the needs of the participants. The length of the touch points will be based on your clinical judgment. All mentors will be responsible for regularly completing surveys to assess the participants’ experiences throughout the duration of the program.
Oversee 3-4 pairs (totaling 6-8 people)
Help to foster connection and trust between artist and inspiration
Connect with matches one to two times per month
Connect with other mentors and Clinical Director on 3 zoom conference calls.
Problem-solve conflict, offer emotional support and foster trusting connections between matches
Minimum License Qualifications: LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC or equivalent. Professional experience working with individuals who have been touched by Cancer preferred.
Compensation: Two VIP tickets to Brushes with Cancer Gala, name in the program book and on website.
If you are interested in participating as a Brushes with Cancer mentor please apply! We are currently seeking mentors for all three regional programs.
Our growth and success has hinged upon the strength, creativity, and passion of our Host Committee and Board. We hope you will consider joining us for an enriching and meaningful experience on the BWC Host Committee.
Host Committee Members will lend their name and support to the event by:
- Attending 4 out of 5 host committee meetings via zoom.
- Provide names and addresses of those to be invited to the event.
- Attend and sell at least 8 tickets to the Brushes with Cancer virtual celebration.
- Help to identify and secure at least 2 corporate sponsors and 2 auction items.
- Reach out to those touched by cancer and artists to apply to the BWC Program.
- Promote the program and event on social media and through personal networks.
If you are interested in serving on a Brushes with Cancer Host Committee for any of the regional programs please fill out the below application. Applications are due February 28, 2021.