WHO WE ARE
Living Proof Exhibit provides the therapeutic benefits of the arts to people impacted by cancer
WHAT WE DO FOR YOU
Exhibitions of survivor artwork
Virtual museum tours with individuals in treatment centers
Help Us Share the Therapeutic Benefits of Art
Artwork by Gina Kirschbaum
You can help us share the therapeutic benefits of art by donating to Birdies for Charity.
Your donation will provide
art-to-go kits to cancer patients;
Creative Session supplies for cancer patients, survivors, and family members;
virtual Creative Sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donate online or download and print the pledge form on the Birdies for Charity website. Our Birdies number is 2137.
Together we can bring calm, beauty and hope to those in the Quad Cities impacted by cancer.
During these uncertain times, people impacted by cancer can experience heightened feelings of isolation and stress. We invite you to share hope, compassion and creativity by ordering a beautiful art-to-go watercolor kit for anyone living with cancer.
Living Proof Exhibit's Response to COVID-19
In this time of uncertainty, Living Proof Exhibit continues to find creative ways to offer the therapeutic benefits of art to those impacted by cancer while embracing our core strengths of compassion, hope and community.
Executive Director Pamela Crouch shares how you and your loved ones can join us.
In the News
Living Proof featured on Living Local
Executive Director Pamela Crouch discusses Living Proof Exhibit and the healing power of the arts to help people touched by cancer find hope, support and healing.
The Figge and Living Proof Exhibit
are offering free virtual tours.
Tours are available to patients undergoing treatment at the Cancer Care Institute located in the Genesis Medical Center West Campus. Thanks to BeamPro technology, patients use a laptop to move Genie the Figge robot through the museum galleries to view on their screen what the robot sees at the Figge.
To find out more about Genie and virtual tours, call the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804.
WHAT'S UP WITH OUR ARTISTS?
In my art, I’m drawn to nature and growing things. As I move beyond my cancer experience, I think about how it may have influenced my life as an artist. I had just retired from my job when I was diagnosed with Stage 1, triple-positive, invasive ductal carcinoma. Therefore, I had the good fortune to be able to rest and take care of myself with as little stress as possible while I healed. This afforded me much time for reflection and daydreaming, important components in art-making. And then I got better. I now have the time and energy to make art, and the desire to share it. It’s my contribution I can offer the world.
My cancer journey has opened my eyes to appreciate life and all of its majestic beauty. I enjoy using the camera as a tool to help me focus on aspects of life that can often be overlooked. I see the beauty in all of God’s creation. When I look through the lens, my creative eye captures those very special moments in time. They say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I hope my photographs reflect just that.