Home » The Periwinkle Foundation’s Making A Mark® exhibit premieres at Texas Children’s
The collection focuses on the personal issues that surround childhood illness as expressed by the children themselves.
September 22, 2011 – Texas Children’s Hospital, Check it Out
Presented by The Periwinkle Foundation, Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s 21st annual Making A Mark® exhibit—featuring art and creative writing by children touched by cancer and blood disorders—opens September 11 in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The collection focuses on the personal issues that surround childhood illness as expressed by the children themselves.
The unique program takes place in the waiting area and infusion area of the Cancer and Hematology Centers, giving cancer patients and their siblings something to look forward to when coming in for treatment and providing them with an opportunity to express their emotions by creating special pieces of art and creative writing.
This year’s guest artist, Ann Johnson, spent three months working with the children to create a unique, collaborative piece for the opening of the exhibit. This year’s collaborative masterpiece, the Friendship Fence, encompasses the work of nearly 150 patients, family members and volunteers.
After making its debut at Texas Children’s Hospital, the exhibit will travel to museums and other venues in Texas before landing at its final destinations, Houston’s Intercontinental and Hobby Airports, where portions of the exhibit will be on display from June to August 2012.
Postcards from people who have visited the exhibit are collected at every stop on the show’s tour.
“I would encourage everyone to stop by the show and write a note to a child,” said Carol Herron, director of the Cancer Center’s Arts in Medicine program. “Children rarely receive mail, and what a treat to get notes from people around the world.”
The exhibit features more than 330 pieces and represents six countries including the United States, Peru, Brazil, Kuwait, Croatia and Poland.
“Making A Mark showcases the inspiring journey these children experience during treatment and uses art to change lives far beyond the boundaries of the treatment room,” said Doug Suggitt, executive director of The Periwinkle Foundation. “This year we received a ‘Postcard From the Road’ with a unit patch from a U.S. Soldier who saw something special in one of the artist’s works. That is what it is all about, people changing people.”
The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Each year more than 4,000 children are touched by Periwinkle programs Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Family Camp, the Long Term Survivor Program and the Arts & Creative Writing Program which culminates each year in a traveling exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders. Through camping, recreational and arts programming, The Periwinkle Foundation provides opportunities for these special children and their families to heal emotionally, lead fuller lives and become stronger survivors. With the generous help of our friends and supporters in the community, The Periwinkle Foundation changes lives for life. Learn more at www.periwinklefoundation.org.