COLLAGE: The Art for Cancer Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing innovative art programs for people living with cancer. COLLAGE is inspired by a belief in the power of art and creativity to transform lives.
The American artist Georgia O’Keeffe said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way…things I had no words for.”
Art is a universal language, able to transcend boundaries and transform lives. Cancer is a devastating disease, and for people living with cancer, art can be a powerful tool for self-expression and can provide relief from suffering.
COLLAGE: The Art for Cancer Network is named after the traditional art form of collage – the art of bringing diverse elements together to form a unique composition. As a metaphor, this underscores a core mission of COLLAGE to unite the art and cancer medicine communities to create dynamic new synergies.
The heart of COLLAGE programs are the Art Workshops and the ‘Artist-in-Residence’ Program. Accomplished and dedicated local artists work with cancer patients, survivors and family members, either in a group workshop setting, or one-on-one at the bedside.
COLLAGE has established collaborations with two of Houston!s preeminent institutions, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Menil Collection, to lead dynamic programs for people living with cancer – patients, survivors, family members and cancer care providers.