Educating pediatric cancer patients through one-on-one artistic memberships and enriching children’s treatment process through the therapeutic creative process.
Our Fight Free program provides pediatric cancer patients ages 6-18 with arts education and creative mentors in a one-on-one context, allowing them to continue practicing their favorite art form while undergoing treatment. A Free Bird collaborates with university art students and NYC cultural institutions to provide children with both an outlet for their creative energies and a source of strength and power to help them fight their illness.
Lessons are arranged on a weekly basis, or every two to three weeks, depending on the needs and desires of the patient. Lessons are provided on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis and are open to extension beyond the treatment period. A Free Bird provides the necessary tools and brings instructors directly to the hospital or a child’s place of residence. With curriculum covering all areas of the arts–music, acting, creative writing, visual arts, etc., children will work towards accomplishing a goal specific to their chosen field: a rising musician? They’ll be working on writing a record with their mentor. A writer? They will be crafting a story, play or screenplay. The options are boundless!
We know the arts can be especially powerful for pediatric cancer patients and survivors, and we at A Free Bird believe that arts education is the best way for each child to stay positive during their fight. Art is a stimulus that allows the body to heal, the mind to expand, and the artist to feel empowered. Every form of art– from dance to singing and painting to pottery– activates the human need to create. It is a “natural medicine” that helps form who we are as individuals.
If you are interested in learning more about our Fight FREE program, please contact us at Programs@afreebird.org. We will be happy to discuss the details of the program.