Living Proof Exhibit, which celebrates the creative spirit of cancer survivors, is teaming up with the Muscatine Art Center to provide creative art sessions to cancer patients, survivors, and families touched by cancer. Two creative art sessions will be offered in October 2017 at the Muscatine Art Center. Trained instructors will guide participants in using art as one way to cope with a cancer diagnosis. The sessions will be bilingual with an assistant translating instructions into Spanish.

“The sessions in October will serve as a pilot to what we hope will become a strong partnership,” explained Muscatine Art Center Director Melanie Alexander. “We are already discussing ways to expand the reach of Living Proof Exhibit in Muscatine as far out as 2019.”

“Art can heal the mind, body and soul,” said Jim Hayes, President and CEO of Trinity Muscatine. “We are delighted to have this offering so close to home for cancer survivors and delighted to see a great partnership with Living Proof Exhibit and the Muscatine Art Center.”

Describing the need to expand services to Muscatine, Pamela Crouch, Executive Director of Living Proof Exhibit, stated, “We have had several cancer patients from Muscatine join us in our Creative Sessions in the Quad Cities. We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Muscatine Art Center and bring our programming to the area.”

For cancer patients and survivors who want to get involved now, Living Proof Exhibit is seeking entries for its annual exhibition to be held from September 9, 2017, through December 31, 2017, at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Applicants do not need to be trained artists. The theme uniting the exhibition is cancer. All cancer survivors or patients within a 200-mile radius of the Quad Cities are eligible to submit up to five works for consideration. Entries must be received by May 2. Complete submission details are available at www.livingproofexhibit.org.

“The CRMA is very excited to host Living Proof Exhibit in 2017. Cancer is a presence in so many lives, and we are pleased to be a part of an exhibition showcasing the beautiful art that is created from the unique perspective of cancer survivors,” said Katherine Kunau, Associate Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.

Laura Goldman Weinberg of Fairfield, Iowa, said, “As a cancer survivor and artist, it is my personal mission to celebrate life in all its colors. I am thrilled to be part of the Living Proof Exhibit organization and grateful to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art for hosting their upcoming exhibition. By sharing our creativity, we expand our joy of life to a broader community, thus bringing hope and inspiration to others.”

“This exhibition, as well as our art therapy outreach, continues to highlight the importance of increasing the quality of life of the cancer survivor,” said Crouch. “Living Proof Exhibit offers numerous creative outlets for those impacted by cancer.”

For information about art therapy classes or programming opportunities, please visit www.livingproofexhibit.org or email [email protected].

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Visit www.muscatineartcenter.org for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.