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July Greetings
from Board Member Caitlin Brown
The first time I volunteered at the Kids & Art workshop at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital I was nervous. I wondered if I could focus on the kids and creating rather than the profoundly sad reason these children and their families were visiting the hospital in the first place.

The project was to create a name flag. The suggestion was to cover a piece of cardstock with things that represented you: favorite animal, number, food, color, activity. One way that the volunteers and artists bring kids to the table is to start making the project themselves. Kids are curious; they come to the table to see what you are doing. 

At UCSF we set up two tables: one just off the elevator and one next to the door to the infusion space. We are also able to bring projects into the infusion area. I sat at the table near infusion and started making my flag. A girl and her parents came out from an appointment. She paused at our table and I asked if she wanted to make a name flag. She nodded and took a seat and began selecting her supplies. Her mom said something to her dad and continued out of the waiting area. Her dad sat in a chair near our table. The girl bent over her flag and narrated her work. She was 8 years old and that was her favorite number. She liked dogs. She had a dog who liked her better than anyone else in her house. He slept on her bed. She told me her favorite color was rainbow. While we worked her father chatted anxiously, about the weather and the long drive they had taken that morning to get to the hospital and the traffic. As he watched his daughter work his voice slowed, seemed to become less anxious. His phone buzzed. He told his daughter her mother was ready to go. Almost done was his daughter’s response. Her dad told her they would go for ice cream. That’s my favorite food, she said, and began drawing a cone on her flag. Mint chocolate chip was her favorite flavor. She finished her flag and attached it to a pipe cleaner and left the waiting room with her dad, name flag flying, headed for ice cream.

The work that Kids & Art does changes the hospital experience for children and their families. We know that stress is detrimental to health. We know that hospitals are very stressful places. We also know that creating art reduces stress. The little girl I met that first day chose to stay and make art, even delaying ice cream. Her father got to watch his daughter be a kid.

I joined the board of Kids & Art to help support and expand the important work being done. I hope that you will join me in that support in any way you can.

Caitlin Brown, Board Member

K&A Evening in the Garden

On June 20th, Board Member, Caitlin Brown, hosted a "Get to know Kids & Art Foundation Summer Party" at her house in San Francisco. We had a wonderful speaker, Chief Authenticator of TheRealReal, Graham Wetzbarger talking about "Supporting Authenticity", while our Founder, Purvi Shah, and Executive Director, Suzanne Yau, shared about the beginnings of K&A and the future of the organization. 

It was a fantastic evening as Graham tested our knowledge of authentic luxury items in a fun game called Faux Real, and attendees engaged with K&A Board members to learn more about our work. 

Wish you could have been there? No worries, there are more ways to connect:
1. Learn how to support K&A while you consign with The RealReal.
2. Join us for our next event on Art & Advocacy (see below).
An Evening of Art & Advocacy - 7/25/19 - Woodside

The Kids & Art Board will be hosting an intimate evening with wine, nibbles and inspiration in Woodside. Our founder Purvi Shah will lead a conversation on activism and advocacy with author Elisa Camahort Page.

RSVP at caitlinb@gmail.com.
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Palo Alto Community Fund
We are extremely honored to be first-time grant recipients of the Palo Alto Community Fund. The PACF's mission is to grow, sustain, and use its endowment to improve the quality of life in our community. The Fund supports the work of new and existing nonprofit organizations serving the Palo Alto area. 
Upcoming Workshops & Events
Stanford Children's Hospital Outpatient Clinic Program
Connect with our Program Manager, Rachel Handsman, if you would like to lead an art workshop or volunteer with us at the hospital.
Click here to view photos from a recent workshop!
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Outpatient Clinic Program
Connect with our Program Manager, Caroline Robins, if you would like to lead an art workshop or volunteer with us at the hospital.
Click here to view photos from a recent workshop!
Sunday, July 28th, 11am-1pm
Adolescent Young Adult Photography Workshop - Filoli 

Join us for a special AYA workshop at Filoli Gardens in Woodside. Participants will have the opportunity to learn photography techniques while exploring everything in bloom.
Register Here.
Sunday, August 28th, 2-4pm (RESCHEDULED FROM JUNE 9TH)
Destination Workshop at Cubberley, Palo Alto

Join us for a unique opportunity to create with artist Sahba Shere inside her studio at Cubberley Community Center. Register Here.
Featured Volunteer
Featured Volunteer: This July, we would like to recognize Margi Encisco as Volunteer of the Month!

Margi on why she volunteers with Kids & Art: "When I walk into the waiting room with our Kids & Art team, I’m excited to share with the patients and families a fun creative project.  I believe that having something fun and interactive for the children to do while waiting for treatment takes their minds somewhere else for the time being.  We all smile and laugh and encourage the creativity that shows up uniquely with each beautiful child. I like seeing the smiles on the children most of all and knowing I might have eased them a little bit that day.”
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Want to volunteer with us? For UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, email our Program Manager, Caroline Robins. For Stanford Children's Hospital, email our Program Manager, Rachel Handsman
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If you love our work then tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!
 
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Or Donate by check to: Kids & Art Foundation, 1443 Howard Avenue, Suite 218, Burlingame CA 94010.
All donations are 100% tax deductible and our EIN is 27-1415727
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