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Art Therapy plays an important role in the treatment, development and enrichment of patients and is a great way to use your talents to minster to others.

Corn Woman by Brenda Elliott, Art Therapist, for Art Therapy Journal

If you would like to become an art therapist check out The American Art Therapy Association for some useful information. 

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“Young artists do not often fit in well with church sponsored youth programs that emphasize physical recreation. To close the gap, Masterpiece Ministries was founded in 1995 to help young people identify and develop their gifts in the arts and to encourage them to become whole hearted followers of Jesus Christ”. This is the mission and vision of this wonderful visual arts ministry.

Masterpiece Ministries

Basically if you are a visual artist and would like to develop or host a program for young talented artists at your church you can contact them on ideas to get started.

They also need creative visual artists (drawing, painting, sculpture etc) with a strong commitment to Christ to teach young people about Christ and the arts. If you have a heart for sharing Christ and art with youth, this is a good program to get involved in!

 

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The Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibition and charitable competition gives visual artists who are: diagnosed with cancer, surviors, friends, family members and health care professionals the opportunity to express on canvas one of life’s most profound journeys. Developed by the Eli LIlly Company the competition is a way to honor those who have embarked upon this journey and the prizes awarded are in the form of donations to the winners’ cancer charities of choice.

 Artist\'s painting for Lilly Oncology On Canvas    Sculptors photo of his work for Lilly Oncology on Canvas

Basically you’re free to express your journey using any subject you choose in one of six categories: watercolor, photography, oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. The canvas entries should also be accompanied by a narrative sharing why the journey depicted is inspiring.

This is biennial exhibition and entries tour the country throughout each year inspiring people nationwide!

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According to Founder Mary Ann Rosser, Kinship Ministries’  goal is to “win as many people as we can for Christ… and to give artists a venue to display, share, and use their skills, talents and gifts to reach people by building relationships within their particular area of expertise.”

Basically they’re looking for talented visual artists (that’s you) who’d like to donate beautiful artwork with a drug/alcohol prevention message that will positively impact youth (and others) as part of their Faith Community Health Ministries outreach and future programs. If you’re into art trading cards this is perfect!

They’re also looking for visual artists willing to volunteer time to enrich lives through art exhibitions, demonstrations and classes.  Contact them to get started!

 

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“Our mission is to promote awareness and raise financial support to feed, shelter and educate these children.” 

This is the desire of the founders of The Cradle Project.  Its an art installation project designed to raise awareness of the plight of children orphaned in Africa.

Artist\'s Creation for The Cradle Project

Basically visual artists create cradles out of found materials and the artwork is displayed for public viewing as well as at on online auction site. After the pieces are auctioned, the proceeds are donated to partner organizations who work directly with orphans thoughout sub-saharan Africa.

Artists of all ages from around the world are welcome to participate.

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Books of Hope‘s motto is: Planting seeds of friendship and learning around the world”.

They are an organization based in the US which sends books which are created by groups to schools around the world.

Basically, if you are part of an art, church or school group, this is a wonderful way for you and your group to use your artistic talents and knowledge to help educate children around the world by creating uniqe books that you design and illustrate.

In addition to topics such as English, Science, Geography, Fictional Stories and Poetry they also have requests for books on Drawing, Painting, Art History, American art amongst other art topics. This is a great way to use your talents to help children around the world learn about art the incredible world around them!

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The Foundation For Hospital Art

is an organization which is dedicated to involving patients and volunteers worldwide (in 179 countries) to create calming, beautiful artwork to be donated to hospitals to help soften the sometimes stressful hospital experience.

They welcome our love and support in their mission of compassion through art.

They believe that the traditional hospital setting: exemplified by white, sterile walls and ceilings. are often colorless, lifeless, and uninviting.

So, they have come up with PaintFests. PaintFests are joyful group gatherings to paint a pre-drawn multiple canvas art work. It enables everyone to participate and all you need is a heart to make beautiful things happen. Check them out at the link above.

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