With a commitment to providing outstanding support services to our patients, Levine Cancer Institute proudly offers the Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program. Thanks in part to a generous grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2012, The Institute has welcomed two local artists, Jean Cauthen and Carol Tait, who are charged with bringing the program to life. The Artist-in-Residence program is designed to create a link between illness and wellness by bringing art to cancer patients in active treatment.
The artist-in-residence spends approximately eight hours per week at the cancer center working one-on-one with patients to create artistic pieces that aid in relieving the stress, fear and pain associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment. For patients seeking peer interaction and sharing, they may choose to participate in “Art & Soul” creative expression group classes offered twice monthly at the Institute.
Guided by the artist-in-residence, participants spend two hours exploring art mediums reflective of their own personal style.
The evidence-based Artist-in-Residence program provides an excellent opportunity for patients to focus on something other than illness, giving a renewed sense of control as they make choices about the art they want to create.
By giving the patient something to look forward to, there is a decrease in anxiety and depression and an increase in overall sense of wellbeing. There are no fees associated with the program and all skill levels are encouraged.
For more information or to register for an upcoming class, contact the Cancer Resource Center at 980-442-1006.