Art for Recovery: Breast Cancer Quilts

Art for Recovery, a nonprofit organization located at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, helps individuals with life-threatening illness cope with their feelings through the power of art. From writing workshops and art classes to author visits by their bedsides, Art for Recovery believes that creativity should be shared within the community in order to heal each others spirits and teach compassion.

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Art for Recovery was founded in 1988 by Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD, and has been directed by CYnthia D. Perlis since it’s beginnings. The program is designed to bring artists, poets, writers, musicians, and medical students to patients at UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center so they can share and encourage one another through artistic projects.

One of the program’s largest on-going art projects is their quilt workshops. All throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Art for Recovery holds workshops in various hospitals and event venues in Marin City, the Canal District of San Rafael, the Bay View Hunter’s Point, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley districts of San Francisco, and at the San Francisco County Jail.

Through expertise and encouragement, Art for Recovery helps patients dealing with life-threatening illnesses heal themselves creating unique quilt blocks. The blocks are then sewn together by professional quilters, some who have struggled with cancer themselves, resulting in a beautiful, creative design that collaborates the efforts of each individual into one cohesive item.

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Though the quilts remain with Art for Recovery, they are often displayed throughout the communities they were made in and even travel throughout the U.S., giving inspiration and hope to all those who battle cancer. In addition, the quilts are on display each year at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in San Francisco.

For more information on Art for Recovery, and to find out how to get involved with the various quilt workshops, please visit their website here.