Arts As Healing Foundation Hosts First Public Art Classes
07/07/2020

Six-week interactive Zoom course to benefit nonprofit's programs and services

Online PR News – 07-July-2020 – St. Louis, MO – Arts As Healing Foundation (AAH), a nonprofit that brings the therapeutic benefits of art to cancer patients and those with chronic illness, will hold its first public art class titled “Fundamentals of Drawing.” The six-week interactive Zoom course—either Thursdays beginning July 16 or Saturdays beginning July 18—will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Arts As Healing Foundation’s programs and services.

“Fundamentals of Drawing” is a hands-on artistic experience that will feature instructional demonstrations and one-on-one guidance for each participant’s full color creation. AAH’s Executive Director Vicki Friedman will teach the Zoom classes along with assistance from artist volunteers. Friedman, a trained artist and two-time cancer survivor, brings her extensive skill set to the course which is designed for both beginners and those with drawing experience.

“People with cancer and other chronic conditions take our classes to reduce stress brought on by their illness. It helps them escape and forget about their health while they get lost in creating,” said AAH’s Executive Director Vicki Friedman. “This is the first time in our organization’s history that we have classes for the general public. We do this to help support our organization and to help those in the community lower their feelings of stress and anxiety during these challenging times.”

Founded in 2013, Arts As Healing Foundation conducts classes at area hospitals including Siteman Cancer Centers, Missouri Baptist Cancer Center, and Mercy Hospital at South County. The nonprofit hosts weekly studio classes at its permanent headquarters located at 11804 Borman Dr., visits hospitals to provide chairside art instruction for patients receiving treatments, and holds collaborative events with other nonprofits.

The six-week course is $150 per person and does not include supplies. For more information, call (314) 370-3700 or visit http://www.artsashealing.org.