Friends Of The Cancer Center receives art grant

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation’s Friends of the Cancer Center has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County for an art therapy program for cancer patients.

The grant will support the Artful Reflections therapy program for Cape Fear Valley cancer patients. Launched in 2007, the program provides patients an outlet to express their feelings through painting, illustration and other art projects. The art therapy classes are held at Cape Fear Valley Cancer Treatment and CyberKnife Center.

The Artful Reflections program has helped nearly 670 patients cope with the stress of fighting cancer. More than 90 patients were enrolled in the art program last year alone.

This is the sixth Arts Council grant the Artful Reflections program has received. The Art Council’s Project Support Grants program will help fund 33 projects facilitated by 22 nonprofit organizations in the local community for 2015-2016.

“The Arts Council is proud to partner with the Friends of the Cancer Center in support of Artful Reflections,” said Deborah Mintz, Arts Council Executive Director. “These projects help strengthen our community through festivals and concerts, youth education programs, art exhibitions, art workshops, and so much more.”

Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation’s Friends of the Cancer Center helps provide hundreds of local cancer patients and their families with emotional support, information resources, emergency assistance for basic needs, wig vouchers and medication assistance.

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County serves the 300,000 residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. For more than 30 years, the Arts Council has ensured growth in our children’s education, our community’s cultural identity and our economic progress.

The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County, with funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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