Online Programs

Art for Recovery programs are funded in part by The Auxiliary at UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center and the many generous friends of Art For Recovery.

To register or for more information, please contact [email protected] or (415) 885-7225.

Due to popular patient demand, many of the Art for Recovery Program workshops have currently reached maximum capacity. The Art for Recovery team continues to explore and enhance the expressive arts program to minimize patient wait time to participate. Those requesting to enroll in a workshop that has reached maximum capacity will be placed on the workshop’s waitlist and so informed.


Open Art Studio - IN PERSON MISSION BAY

Facilitated by Amy Van Cleve, Director of Art for Recovery, and Elias Medici, Assistant to the Director
Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm

This group is an opportunity for Mission Bay inpatients from the bedside to explore deep feelings of anger, loss, pain and hope through music, creativity and peer support. No artistic skill is required. This group is an opportunity for you to share your story. Experience the lives and stories of others as well as to support each other creatively. Space is limited; reserve your spot by emailing [email protected]

Open Art Studio - IN PERSON MOUNT ZION

Facilitated by Amy Van Cleve, Director of Art for Recovery, and Elias Medici, Assistant to the Director
Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm

 This group is an opportunity to explore deep feelings of anger, loss, pain and hope through music, creativity and peer support. No artistic skill is required. This group is an opportunity for you to share your story. Experience the lives and stories of others as well as to support each other creatively. Space is limited; reserve your spot by emailing [email protected]

Open Art Studio - UCSF BERKELEY OUTPATIENT CENTER

Facilitated by Amy Van Cleve, Director of Art for Recovery, and Patrice Haan, Healing Harpist
Thursdays 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Open Art Studio is a safe space for people dealing with cancer to connect creatively in person or online. No skill is required to participate. The art studio is stocked with a variety of free materials for creative expression. Each week our team will guide participants through art projects, poetry and live music to inspire and support. We invite any living with cancer at any stage to join us in the healing process of art making in community.To register, email [email protected] or call 415-885-7225.


Musical Oasis: Healing Music

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm | Online Drop-in via Zoom for Patients, Staff & Caregivers

Join healing harpist, Patrice Haan, for a musical journey of rest and rejuvenation. Let the music be your guide to recharge your body, mind and spirit. This is a safe space for participants to listen, meditate, write or create art independently. 


Expressive Healing: an Online Music & Creativity Workshop

This is a 6-week Workshop | Resumes January 2024 | Online via Zoom
Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, Creative Writer, and Patrice Haan, Harper

This 6-week creative workshop offers adult patients who have had cancer, the medicine of music and a chance to articulate their experience through artistic expression, exploring themes of hope, gratitude, healing, and peace. Each session will include time for music, inspiring readings/writing prompts, personal reflection, creative expression with your artistic medium of choice, and group sharing. No artistic experience required.


Healing with Writing: An Online Writing Workshop

Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 am | Online via Zoom
Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, Writer, Art for Recovery

This writing workshop offers adult cancer survivors a chance to express themselves through writing, exploring themes of hope, gratitude, healing, & peace. It's a chance to connect to community, to remember we’re not alone, and to tap into our innate wisdom, knowing, and understanding to creatively face our unique experiences of life. No writing experience required.


Men's Workshop: Creative Expression & Community Building

Tuesdays, 12:00 - 1:30 pm | Online via Zoom
Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, MA, Creative Writer & Jim Murdoch, Musician

This workshop offers men a chance to creatively connect with others affected by cancer, to share what they're working on and going through, with mutual emotional support and encouragement. In a safe communal space, we explore themes like vulnerability, hope, gratitude, healing, and peace. It offers a weekly reminder that we’re not alone, and a chance to help one another tap into our innate wisdom, knowing, and understanding to creatively face our unique experiences of life. No artistic experience required.


Our team of artists, writers and musicians invite you to join us online for inspiration and connection.