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
Wednesday 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Online via Zoom

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
Email [email protected]


HeART and Music Workshop

Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00 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.


Creativity & Healing: an Online In-Patient Workshop

Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Online via Zoom
Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, Writer, & Patrice Haan, Harper, Amy Van Cleve, Program Manager

This creativity workshop offers IN-PATIENT adult cancer patients a chance to express themselves by creatively exploring themes of hope, gratitude, healing, and peace. It includes live music to inspire our creativity and/or hold us when we need that particular kind of holding. It's a chance to connect to community, to remember we’re not alone, and to tap into our creative expression. 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.


Musical Oasis: 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.


Music with Jim

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, Music with Jim 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.


Wild Writing

Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
   September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5
   October 12, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 
   November 23, 30, December 7, 14, 21

Facilitated by Laurie Wagner, Writer, Art for Recovery

Write authentically and freely in this supportive on-line community. We’ll explore the stories we are living as we write in response to poetic prompts, discovering how to let go of our inner critic and write from the heart of our daily experiences. No writing experience necessary.


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.