For Life


Arts For Life (NORTH CAROLINA) is dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs, we enrich patients’ lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families. Arts For Life helps children and their families in four communities across North Carolina.

Arts For Life began in 2001 with one patient, one camera, and one art lesson. Our founder’s sister was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, at age 11. While Katie was in treatment for weeks and months at a time, her sister Anna found that dynamic, educational art lessons helped young patients cope with the short and long-term effects of illness, remain active and engaged in life, and become strong members of their communities despite their challenges. Thirteen years later, Arts For Life delivers 22,900 visual art, music, and creative writing lessons each year to more than 6,900 patients, siblings, and family members.

Through our unique and proven-successful programs: clinic waiting room art tables, bedside art and music lessons, Teaching Fellows bringing advanced art and music skills to patients and families, and a thriving volunteer and internship program – Arts For Life is truly building bridges between the arts and healthcare communities in the service our our young patients. At Arts For Life, we believe that our communities are stronger, more compassionate, and more resilient when the arts and healthcare work together to promote healing.


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You can find more information about this organization at ARTSFORLIFENC.ORG


In 2016, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award was for $10,000.

In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $12,500 will be used to support the two mainstay programs of Arts for Life: Clinic Arts Stations and the Bedside Art Lessons.

In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $10,000 was used for the Education Arts Program for Children with Cancer.

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