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.


Open Art Studio

Facilitated by Amy Van Cleve, Clinical Artist, Manager Art for Recovery

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.


Individual Expressive Arts Sessions

Scheduled by Appointment | Online via Zoom


Art for Musical Meditation Group

Thursdays, 12:30 - 2:30 pm | Online via Zoom
Facilitated by Patrice Haan, AFR Harper & Amy Van Cleve Program Manager

Join healing harpist, Patrice Haan, for a musical journey of art and meditation. We will engage in simple art-making, writing and mindfulness practices to help us navigate the challenges and uncertainties we are living. Each session will include a time for personal reflection, creative expression and group sharing. No previous art experience necessary. We encourage you to work with simple materials, such as pen and paper or a small selection of your favorite art mediums. Let the music be your guide to recharge your body, mind and spirit.


HeART & Soul: Expressive Arts Group

Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Online via Zoom 
Facilitated by Amy Van Cleve, AFR Program Manager & Mary Watson, AFR Harper

In this online art studio, we’ll gather weekly in a supportive community to explore art-making, writing and creative strategies for living with cancer. Each session will include a time for personal reflection, expressive art-making and group sharing. This group is for anyone interested in exploring creative expression for healing, peer support and self care. There will be lots of freedom to experiment with artful projects while working with whatever art materials you have available in your home – even if it’s just a pen and paper. No artistic or writing experience necessary – just an open heart to create and connect.


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.


Honoring our Losses: Honoring and exploring grief, loss, death and the dying experience through Poem-making

4th Friday of the Month, 1:00 - 2:00 pm | Drop in Zoom Space
Lead by Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author and Death Doula, with Patrice Haan, harper

This group is a safe space to acknowledge the process of grief and loss and to be present with feelings about the end-of-life.
Upcoming dates: Feb. 26th, Mar. 26th, April 23rd


LGBTQ Poetry: Expressive Arts Workshop

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm | Drop in Zoom Space
Facilitated by Redwing Keyssar, RN and Patrice Haan, harper

Weekly online expressive arts gathering. Come weekly or just once in a while. Join with other members of the LGBTQ community experiencing cancer. Together we'll create art and poetry in a safe place. No experience or special materials required.

Musical Meditation: An Oasis of Healing Music

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm | Online 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 spirt. Patients and staff are welcome to drop in at any time during the hour to enjoy this musical oasis of self care.


Serenade Series

Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Online via Zoom for Patients, Staff & Caregivers

Enjoy musical storytelling with Jim Murdoch. With 20+ years of playing music for patients at UCSF, Jim’s Serenade Series is an invitation to connect with others through music. We welcome you to sing along, bring your own instrument to play, or simply to tune in and listen at your leisure.


Writing w/ Music Workshop for Men: Creative Community Connection & Support

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 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 in mutual emotional support and encouragement. At the intersection of music and writing, in community, we explore themes like hope, gratitude, healing, and peace. It offers a weekly reminder that we’re not alone, and communal support to help us tap into our innate wisdom, knowing, and understanding to creatively face our unique experiences of life. No writing or musical experience required.


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