Arlene tries her hand at a new twist on tie-dying. This particular workshop uses permanent markers and rubbing alcohol to create vivid, detailed rings on t-shirts. Arlene is a regular participant at the various Creative Expression workshops offered at the Cancer Community Center (CCC). Since husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer the two of them have made the Center a routine part of their lives.
Nearby, Carla completes her own colorful masterpiece. Carla was introduced to the CCC after breast cancer treatment. She is relatively new to arts and crafts offerings at the Center but rarely misses Movie Day at the CCC!
Arlene and Carla are like many visitors to the CCC. They found a workshop in the calendar having nothing to do with cancer or treatment or side effects and used that as their reason for visiting. Many people impacted by cancer find magic in creative expression–using this creative outlet to soothe and refuel.
Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom, says “At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer.”
Cancer Community Center participants experience healing by creating masterpieces with: wire and beads, words on paper, paints, inks, yarn and plaster. These creative outlets are a wonderful way to manage stress and foster new friendships.
Most Creative Expression workshops require pre-registration but little more. No experience needed. All supplies are provided free to attendees. To see what’s coming up and register, visit our Program Calendar.