Weekly Feature

2010-11-24 / Local News

Center for the Arts receives grant from Alliance Foundation

The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo recently received a grant of $116,675 from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Quality of Life Committee.

The funds will benefit the Center’s Arts in Healthcare Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, now in its third year.

The program includes six professional artists in residence who bring their specialized art forms and skills to patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Their arts-based activities have assisted patients in expressing themselves and creating opportunities for relaxation.

Thomas Burrows, executive director of the Center for the Arts, said UB is honored to work in partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute on the initiative.

“From the beginning, the institute has been supportive and has understood the potential to serve the hospital population in a uniquely positive way,” he said. “We applaud their dedication to the quality of life of patients and families.”

Cindy A. Eller, executive director of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, said the grant is a direct result of our community’s tremendous generosity to helping cancer patients.

Eller said the funds for the grant came from everyday contributions through donations and gifts, to fundraisers like The Ride For Roswell, The Paint Box Project, Goin’ Bald for Bucks and other activities.

The mission of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation is to maximize dollars available for Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s most promising lifesaving research, treatment and prevention programs, while supporting the psychosocial needs of patients and families touched by cancer.

The Arts in Healthcare initiative was established by the Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo in 2008 to bring the performing and visual arts into health care settings at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

For more information about the Arts in Healthcare program, visit www.ubcfa.org.

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