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Art Helps Heal is recognized by the United States Treasury IRS as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit whose mission it is to provide quality art materials and self-directed lessons, and project books along with a website for hospitalized teens.

Our Teen Patient Advisor, Rosie Colucci. demonstrates one our Art Healing Kits created and designed by our Secretary/Treasurer Shirley Forpe.

Unfortunately, Rosie is back as an in-patient at Lurie Children's hospital but she is keeping up her spirits by working with one of the four Art Healing Kits provided free to hospitalized adolescents.

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It's Our Seventh Birthday!

On April 11, 2016, Art Helps Heal was granted status as a 501 (c)3 tax exempt charity foundation.  Thanks to all of our Facebook Birthday Fundraisers,  grant providers, and loyal individual donors, we have been able to soldier on and fulfill  our mission through these sometimes difficult years.

We would especially like to express our gratitude to all of those individual donors, both large and small, who have been the backbone of our funding.  Without them, we would have been unable to meet the unique challenges the pandemic presented as the backpacks we were initially providing could not be easily distributed due to the hospital's COVID protocols.

Our new Art Healing Kits are a big success with both the patients and hospital staff. Since the autumn of 2020 to Valentine's Day of 2023, Art Helps Heal has distributed 1,787 of these individual kits valued at more than $21,000 to recipient patients at out eight Chicago children's healthcare partners!

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What's in the Backpack?
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Art Helps Heal Backpack
Patient with Child Life Specialists at Shriners Hospital for Children
Shriners patient displays her art
Fundraising Event
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Dolores Siegel viewing pictures of patients at  Shriner’s Hospital for Children
Cathy Roberts and Jean Law filling and packing a set of healing kits.
Karin Snodgrass inserting the matted landscape.
Jen Burisek checks the finished kits.
Shirley Forpe delivering kits to Saraah Cassel at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Secretary/Treasurer Shirley Forpe and Sandy Cerrillo at Lurie's Hospital for Children
Happy patient getting Halloween Art Healing Kit

It's an easy and fun way to raise money so we can continue to serve all eight children's hospitals in Chicago. 

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Special Thanks to Our Corporate Sponsors

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