Honoring Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Art in Action in collaboration with Kids & Art Foundation is developing a new lesson inspired by Yoko Ono’s Wish Trees to leverage the healing power of art and community. The project will be debuted through September in a series of events to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Everyday 43 kids are diagnosed and life is turned upside down for these kids and their families. Research shows that art has the power to help heal those that are dealing with sickness and trauma. These wish trees give children and their families the opportunity to creatively express themselves through art, while connecting with others in their community.
We hope to see you at the Wish Tree Community Event on September 30th from 1:00-3:00 at the Redwood City Courthouse Square (2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA). Together we will decorate trees full of hope through yarn bombing and wish making.
Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services along with City Trees Redwood City will provide four maple trees on Hamilton Street for the event. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente will provide two new trees that will be planted on the Kaiser campus. The trees will be decorated (yarn bombed) with brightly colored yarn that has been knitted, crocheted or woven into strips and then carefully wrapped around the trunk and branches of the tree.
Next, wishes will be created on tags, with written words on one side and collaged images representing those wishes on the reverse side. The tags will then be tied to the branches of the tree using yarn. Imagine the positive healing power of decorating these community trees and visually representing our wishes.
You might not make it, but your wishes can!
We invite you to join us in this community project by adding your wishes or donating yarnworks. If you are a knitter, crocheter, and/or weaver, we encourage you to bring a piece of your work (please use acrylic yarn), 3 inches wide by 1-3 feet long, to be incorporated in the yarn bombing of the trees. Just last week, Art in Action partnered with Oracle employee volunteers to create donated yarnworks and wishes during a corporate engagement event. Want to donate? Get in touch with Mara at firstname.lastname@example.org.