In Fall of 2013, Sawtooth – with the support of the North Carolina Arts Council, the Greer Foundation, Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center at Novant Health, and Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center – launched a pilot project to assist adult oncology patients, their families, and their healthcare providers through the treatment and healing journey by using photography and mixed media to express complex emotions including loss and grief.
Our program included exhibitions of artwork created by our students in the Healing Grief and Loss through Photography classes, along with hands-on art experiences on-site at both healthcare institutions, at Sawtooth, and in other locations.
Since the completion of our pilot program in 2014, our Healing and Wellness through the Arts program has continued with funding provided by the Greer Foundation. The program has grown and adapted – reaching more cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers with engaging visual arts experiences that help with stress reduction and relaxation, mood elevation and a sense of well-being. Our visual arts experiences are tailored to meet the needs of our audience and we work closely with our community partners. We actively seek collaboration with organizations and institutions throughout our region of the state and welcome inquiries.
We partner with organizations and institutions in the surrounding community including: Cancer Services, Novant/Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center, Wake Forest University – Department of Humanities and Divinity School, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Hospice & Palliative Care Center, and SECU Family House.