ArtWorks for Cancer (AWFC)
is a not-for-profit foundation whose mission is to bring works of art to cancer treatment units in hospitals across Ontario, transforming clinical areas into warm, hopeful and healing spaces for patients, their families and health-care providers.
When patients receive a cancer diagnosis, it is devastating news for them and their families. Patients and their loved ones enter an especially vulnerable period when they undergo treatment. As that critical phase unfolds in the hospital environment, research has shown that the surroundings can have significant impact – detrimental or beneficial – on the patient experience.
Spaces that are furnished and decorated in a comfortable and soothing fashion are conducive to helping patients and families cope with the often immense pressures associated with disease treatment. ArtWorks for Cancer has studied how exposure in particular to visual arts can bolster spirits, reduce stress and calm anxieties for family members and even contribute positively to patient health outcomes. Studies attest to these positive effects, including these cited by the paintings in hospitals organization in the UK.
“I can’t believe the difference it has made to the Oncology area. The artwork truly puts a brighter, happier feel than the drab cold walls. I’m sure the paintings add a much needed distraction to the patients who come to our hospital for life saving treatment.”
– Patients and families visiting hospital
Hospitals generally do not have funding to curate and decorate their treatment spaces. ArtWorks for Cancer (AWFC) was established by volunteers who care to address this strong but often underserved need.
ArtWorks for Cancer is the bridge between those who have artwork to donate, and those seeking to improve their facilities with beautiful works of art. Please go to the How to Donate page for more information on how to offer artwork to this cause.
AWFC works closely with hospitals during the selection, design and installation period to ensure mutual cooperation, which is essential to success. AWFC asks organizations to provide liaisons to work with AWFC to identify their needs and design preferences, which spaces will be curated and in what order.
AWFC team members (left to right): Dr. Jeffrey Mendlesohn, Sharon Suter, Beverly Schaeffer, Alan Loch, Bert Amato, Caroline Murphy and Dr. Michael Weinberg
All members of the ArtWorks for Cancer team are volunteers. Each of us has been touched by cancer in a very personal way. Like many, we have waited in treatment rooms that have neither instilled hope nor felt psychologically healing. Just as other international organizations have done, we aim to transform clinical areas into warm, hopeful and healing spaces.Dr. Michael Weinberg – PresidentBert Amato – Director, Technology Executive, Finance, OperationsAlan Loch – Director, Expert in Contemporary and Historical ArtSharon Suter – Director, Collections Management, Media RelationsDr. Sudha Rajagopal – Member at Large, Medical OncologistRoselle Martino – Member at Large, StrategyDr. Jeffrey Mendelsohn – Member at Large, ENT Surgeon, Director of PhotographyBeverly Schaeffer – Director, Historical Art, Liaison Art CommunityPaul Garbett – Member at Large, Artist, Brand ExpertCaroline Murphy – Director, Collections ManagementKathryn Minard – Member at Large, Certified AppraiserCliff Harvey – Member at Large, Architect, Planning and DesignPhilip Gevik – Member at Large, Art expert
How To Donate
ArtWorks for Cancer accepts donations from artists, dealers, estates, corporations and individuals.
We accept sculpture, photographs and works on canvas, paper or board, including all mediums; pastel, oil and acrylic, and all sizes.
The preferred subject matter is landscape or still life. We tend to prefer representational works, but pieces in more abstract styles can often work well.
The artworks should be accessible and engaging and offer a sense of hope, joy and healing to cancer patients, their families and their health care providers.
The artworks can be from any country or province and territory in Canada.
The artworks must have a clear and documented provenance. Donors must complete a Deed of Gift to transfer ownership to AWFC, who will in turn transfer ownership to the receiving hospital.
We prefer framed pieces.
If you would like to discuss donating works to AWFC, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ArtWorks for Cancer warmly thanks its donors.
Individual / Company / Foundation
Estate of Lee Feldman
Phillip Gevik, Gevik Gallery
Susan Warner Keene and Peter M Newman, Trustees for the Artistic Estate of Barbara Howard
Rod O’Handley and Jane Reid and the Estate of Glenn Hunnings
RBC Royal Bank
Wanda and Terry Samcoe
The Vitanova Foundation
Dawn Ann Wolski
Non-profit encourages healing by bringing art to cancer wards
Trillium Health Partners receives donation from ArtWorks for Cancer Foundation
Social Worker, Cancer Services
Trillium Health Partners
Learn more in these interviews with Dr. Michael Weinberg, President of ArtWorks for Cancer:
Bringing Art into Cancer Care
University of Toronto Medicine Magazine
“Art is being used by us as a weapon against the suffering and uncertainty.”
Please direct all ArtWorks for Cancer inquiries to:
ArtWorks for Cancer
247 Queensway West
Mississauga, L5B 1B9
We look forward to hearing from you.