As National Cancer Survivors Day approaches in June, the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is looking for submissions of art that have helped local cancer survivors heal. Examples may include, but are certainly not limited to, paintings, sketches, ceramics, pottery, dance, collages, writing pieces, crafts, music, and bead making.

The cancer center’s virtual National Cancer Survivors Day event will be held Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. until noon, and will include interactive presentations and a  display of healing arts. To register, click on the Celebrating Cancer Survivors with Healing Art event page. The event is free and once you register you will receive the virtual meeting link.

“Expressive arts can provide cancer survivors a way to communicate their thoughts and feelings beyond words,” said Angela Usher, manager of supportive oncology and survivorship program for the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Whether it is music or painting, or any other form of creative expression, healing arts can be a therapeutic outlet for cancer patients and survivors, which can have a positive effect on their health and wellbeing.”

Digital copies of art submissions should be emailed to UC Davis Community Education Specialist Silvia Molina at scmolina@ucdavis.edu by May 27, 2021.

Along with the entry, the cancer survivors are asked to provide a few sentences about why the art helped with the experience of undergoing diagnosis and treatment as well as surviving cancer.