Art for Life Celebrates a Colorful 10 Years at Shriners Hospital

What a difference a paint brush can make.

On Thursday, March 24, Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California will celebrate the anniversary of its 10-year partnership with Anthony Knutson and the Art for Life Foundation, an organization devoted to using art to help children heal.

“We are so grateful to Anthony for providing our patients with such a positive, creative outlet. Every month for the past 10 years, the Art for Life team has brightened our days by promoting colorful self-expression,” says Melissa Grialou, manager of the hospital’s therapeutic recreation and child life program.

“We look forward to the Thursday afternoons when Art for Life arrives in the play area with paint brushes, paint and a white ceramic to paint. Once the child choses their white ceramic piece, it’s so exciting to see how unique the finished product becomes. To see the pieces go from white to bright makes us smile inside and out,” Grialou adds.

Knutson and his Art for Life volunteers organized their first Ceramics for Kids program at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento in March 2006.

“After 10 years it is just amazing to see some of the same kids we have helped over the years grow up and become charming young adults,” says Knutson. “Many of them tell us that art still continues to be an important part of their life – proof that art at any age is healing.”

The anniversary celebration promises to be colorful – with signs, refreshments and plenty of paint to go around.

 

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Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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