University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mission Statement

Art for Recovery is an award-winning program of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Individuals coping with life-threatening illness are given an opportunity to express their feelings and experiences through art and writing workshops, visits at the bedside, and individual attention. Artistic ability is not necessary to participate. Conceived in l988 by Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD, and directed by Cynthia D. Perlis since its inception, the program brings artists, writers, poets, musicians and medical students to our patients, their caregivers and the UCSF medical staff to listen, to share, and to encourage expression through words, images, music, and quilt-making.Our mission is to share this creativity with the community to heal our spirits, leave a legacy and teach compassion.