'Art for Recovery' On Display Downtown

August 22, 2001
News Office: Eve Harris (415) 885-7277

The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center's Art for Recovery program presents a free public exhibit of more than 50 works of art created by adults coping with cancer and AIDS.

Included in the multi-media exhibit are 30 quilts from the Breast Cancer Quilts Project. The exhibit is set for Sept. 10 through Oct. 6, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, at One Market building, Market at Spear Streets, San Francisco. Since its beginning in 1988, Art for Recovery has grown to over l000 pieces of catalogued art work and a collection of over 300 framed works of art. Art for Recovery is a nationally recognized program based at UCSF Mount Zion. The works are not for sale; the program was founded to help people cope with life-threatening illnesses using their creative spirit. Art for Recovery projects include spirit groups: 12-week groups where people learn to create meditation beads, mandalas, and journals; and the Brandeis Project, which matches middle-school students and UCSF patients as pen-pals. The Lorna Barati Music Program brings string quartets and singers to entertain patients and their caregivers in the lobby of the Cancer Center. In every stage of illness, Art for Recovery meets with patients and loved ones, listening to their stories and enabling them to express what it feels like to cope with a life-threatening disease.

More information about the program can be found at the following web site: http://cc.ucsf.edu/afr The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center brings together hundreds of researchers and clinicians dedicated to four fundamental pursuits: basic science research into the causes and events of cancer's progression; clinical research to translate new knowledge into viable treatments; sensitive, state-of-the-art patient care; and programs in epidemiology, prevention, and cancer control.

The art exhibit and an opening night reception are sponsored by the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP.