The Young Artists Awards 'Arts by Kids with Cancer' project will be exhibited at the Arts for ACT Gallery during the month of February. The opening reception will be on Friday, February 1 from 6-10 p.m. during Fort Myers Art Walk.
The project donates and delivers art supplies for use by pediatric oncology patients throughout the year in conjunction with the Child Life Specialists at the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, while also showcasing the artwork of children with cancer.
"We provide monetary assistance to local families in crisis facing the financial challenges of childhood, assisting those families with expenses such as groceries, transportation, and prescription costs," notes Young Artists Awards.
The program's collaboration with trained specialists at the hospital utilizes art in a therapeutic setting to assist children with cancer. The art supplies purchased and donated are delivered for specialized instruction and are available for both art projects and the children's personal use. The program's multiple 'Art by Kids with Cancer' exhibits throughout the community raise awareness in the general community as to the importance of the arts in healing and the challenges faced by local families of children diagnosed with cancer.
The Young Artists Awards mats and frames and then showcases, sells, and auctions selected pieces of the children’s artwork at numerous venues throughout Southwest Florida. Arts for ACT Gallery has been one of those venues the past four years.
Trained volunteers will be available to talk about the artwork and program during the opening. More information can be found at www.youngartistsawards.org. The Arts for ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information on the gallery or the exhibit, please visit www.artsforactgallery.com or telephone 239-337-5050.