In the News
What is the
outcome of ArtCare?
ArtCare raises community awareness of the positive impact of
participating in the arts during times of illness, stress and grief
that results in a pro-active commitment on the part of the community
to support arts-in-healthcare programs in hospice and cancer care
Bandanas of Hope: A Community
During her chemotherapy treatments in 2005, choosing a Bandana to
wear became an important part of Cheryl Stirling’s daily life. When
her hair grew back, she was reluctant to simply throw them out. Her
bandanas were a symbol of her survivorship!
Cheryl created a Community ArtCare project by inviting other
survivors to decorate a Bandana of Hope with her at the Canadian
Cancer Society’s 2006 Relay for Life. The bandanas were mounted on
12x12” canvases. At the 2006 event, 120 survivors wrote messages of
hope for themselves and participated in a performance using the
completed bandanas to spell the word “Hope”. Cheryl Stirling was the
recipient of the B.C. Artists in Healthcare Society 2005 Outstanding
Volunteer of the Year Award for this project.
At Port Coquitlam’s Harvest Fest 2006, B.C. Artists in Healthcare
Society volunteers invited the public to add their own words of
hope, support and encouragement to the original bandanas.
For the past two years cancer survivors at the Relay for Life have
had the opportunity to read these messages of support from their
community in an annual installation of the Bandanas of Hope.
In 2007, the Bandanas of Hope story travelled to Nashville,
Tennessee where participants at the Society for Arts in Healthcare
International Conference created their own Bandanas of Hope. Young
cancer survivor Leah Callen donated bandanas for this project and
she had inscribed her well-worn bandana with the words, “Never,
never give up”. Her message prompted a heartfelt response from one
participant who asked us to return the bandana to Leah in hope that
she would read his response the following year. She did!
Leah Callen continues to volunteer her time and energy to supporting
B.C. Artists in Healthcare Society projects and was the recipient of
the B.C. Artists in Healthcare Society’s 2007 Outstanding Volunteer
of the Year Award.
“Initiatives such as these, by bringing art to bare on the
fundamental social issues that affect the well-being of our
residents, are in keeping with our goal to create a vibrant,
healthy, complete community…”
Susan Hull, Arts and
Culture Coordinator, City of Port