Brushes with Cancer Midwest 2022

Brushes with Cancer is a program of Twist Out Cancer that strategically matches artists with individuals touched by cancer (inspirations). Over a period of 6 months, the artist and inspiration work together to form a relationship built on mutual understanding and trust. The artist creates a unique work of art that is reflective of the inspiration’s journey with cancer. The program culminates in an event that celebrates survivorship, and hope, where the art is auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the mission and work of Twist Out Cancer.

The Brushes with Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition & Celebration will take place on November 19, 2022 at WNDR Museum, Chicago, IL with a virtual option for those celebrating from home.

Explore the WNDR Museum Exhibits

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Brushes with Cancer is a program of Twist Out Cancer that strategically matches artists with individuals touched by cancer (inspirations). Over a period of 6 months, the artist and inspiration work together to form a relationship built on mutual understanding and trust. The artist creates a unique work of art that is reflective of the inspiration’s journey with cancer. The program culminates in an event that celebrates survivorship, and hope, where the art is auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the mission and work of Twist Out Cancer.

The Brushes with Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition & Celebration will take place on November 19, 2022 at WNDR Museum, Chicago, IL with a virtual option for those celebrating from home.

Explore the WNDR Museum Exhibits

September Twistshop: TOC + Pickles

Inviting families, children, and caregivers for an in-person art therapy focused workshop.

When: Sunday, September 11th, 2022 from 4-5:30pmCT

Where: Winnetka Community House 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093

Who: 1st-12th graders, parents, and caregivers

For Kids:

-Pickles Group will be hosting a  drop in group meeting with skilled and trained facilitators for participants to develop resilience, have fun with friends who get them, and heal along the way. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

For Pickles Parents and Caregivers:

-Twist Out Cancer will provide a special adult-focused therapeutic art program for parents and caregivers on-site at Community House.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Please note you must register here in advance. 

 

August Twistshop Virtual Series: TOC + The Simple Good

Inviting Youths & Families to join Twist Out Cancer and The Simple Good in a collaborative virtual Twistshop!

The Simple Good connects the meaning of good from around the world to empower youth to become positive activists through art and discussion. Through mindfulness and social emotional learning (SEL) based art programming and public art projects, our mission is to transcend the message that no matter where you go in the world, good means the same to all of us and that is what connects us as human beings. The Simple Good website / @TheSimpleGood – social media

In this virtual workshop, TSG & TOC will bring you through a Dual Self Portrait Activity that will tap into your social emotional learning skills creating an opportunity to find the simple good within yourself, your life and your community to create positive uplift.

Suggested art materials:

-Paper to draw on

-Colored Pencil, Marker or Crayon

Questions? Email [email protected]

Please note you must register in advance. 

July Twistshop Virtual Series: TOC + The Cancer Wellness Center

The Cancer Wellness Center is a non-profit organization aimed to improve the physical and emotional well-being of those impacted my cancer and their families. The Center provides a variety of free programs and services, including counseling and support groups, educational programs, and wellness classes. To learn more about or connect to services visit www.cancerwellness.org

Cancer has an immense impact on our bodies and well-being. We often feel disconnected and estranged from our bodies during treatment and lose our sense of self. This Twistshop will introduce participants to an integrative, sensorimotor-based non-clinical art therapy activity that allows one to be in-tune and more connected to the body and physical self. This session will provide tools that help awaken personal insights through intuitive art-making. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in  a mind, body, and brain connection as they learn to foster focus, relaxation, and resilience. 
Influenced by: Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing; A Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping. By Cornelia Elbrecht

Suggested art materials:
-Large drawing paper
-Crayons/ pastels
-Thick markers
-Finger Paint/ thick Tempera Paint sticks. 

Questions? Email [email protected]

*Please note you must register in advance here.

Twist Out Cancer + Imerman Angels

Music + Therapeutic Art Making Led by art therapist, Mignon Dupepe & musician, Noah Plotkin
Join Twist Out Cancer & Imerman Angels on Wednesday April 13th, 6:30-7:30pm CST for a collaborative, engaging, and meaningful Virtual Twistshop experience!


Imerman Angels(IA) is a longtime friend and partner of Twist Out Cancer. IA’s mission is to provide comfort and understanding for all cancer fighters, survivors, previvors and caregivers through a personalized, one-on-one connection with someone who has been there.

Through their unique matching process, Imerman Angels has connected more than 30,000 cancer fighters, survivors, previvors and caregivers with their very own cancer confidant. All IA services are absolutely free and With more than 12,500 volunteer mentors of all ages, genders and backgrounds, Imerman Angels custom matches people with similar cancer and life experiences anywhere in the world. For more information, check out https://imermanangels.org/

 

Imerman Angels

Twist Out Cancer + Stupid Cancer

Join Twist Out Cancer & Stupid Cancer for an evening of connection, art making, and story telling! Thursday, March 3rd 6:30 PM CST/ 7:30 EST – 7:30 CST/ 8:30 EST.

The first 10 to register before Thursday, February 24 will receive a Stupid Cancer journal!

Stupid Cancer helps empower everyone affected by adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer by ending isolation and building community. We serve all members of the AYA community, including patients and survivors ages 15-39, caregivers, healthcare professionals, non-profit professionals and anyone else involved in their care. As the most underserved patient population by age, AYAs experience challenges that other patients don’t, such as social isolation, loss of independence, financial toxicity, dating & relationships, fertility and more. We connect AYAs to age appropriate programs & resources to help them Get Busy Living and Make Cancer Suck Less. Visit stupidcancer.org to learn more.

More information to come!

Twist Out Cancer + The Breast Cancer Art Project

Join Twist Out Cancer and The Breast Cancer Art Project for a collaborative Twistshop program on Sunday 01/09/22 12:00 PM CST/ 1:00 PM EST/ 5:00PM GMT
“Introduction Into Using Therapeutic Art Making within the Cancer Experience”

Jacqueline Carmody LCPC, ATR-BC will lead the group in exploring how you can utilize therapeutic art making individually, in a group setting, and with a professional. Resources on how to create your own “Creative Arts Tool Kit” will be provided, as well as an immersive therapeutic art making activity.

The Breast Cancer Art Project is an online platform for anyone affected by breast cancer to express themselves through the power of art and creativity. It aims to support emotional healing from breast cancer, reduce feelings of isolation, and improve understanding, and hopefully care and provision, around the psychological impacts of the disease. At its core is inclusivity – all art forms are welcome, from anywhere in the world, any stage of diagnosis or recovery (as well as those affected indirectly such as family and friends), women and men, and crucially any level of skill, from amateurs through to professional artists. All the art sits side by side, it is not judged, and it costs nothing to submit. You can see the artwork that’s been submitted and follow us at www.breastcancerartproject.com, and on Twitter (@artbreastcancer), Facebook (/artbreastcancer) and Instagram @breastcancerartproject

Any questions, please contact
Jackie Carmody : [email protected]
Adriana Ford :[email protected]