WHAT WE DO

The issue: 5.4 million kids die every year from preventable disease such as malaria and pneumonia. PART OF THE ISSUE IS THAT the hospital remains one of kids' four biggest fears and in many areas of the world, hospitalization is hugely stigmatized because conditions are exceptionally poor. Because of this fear and stigma, many children hide their symptoms until they are critically ill and medical treatment isn't as successful as it could've been.


#Artfor195

 
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About the Campaign

Our vision with #Artfor195 is to work towards a world where hospitalized youth in all 195 countries have access to art supplies during their stay. Something as simple as a pack of markers and construction paper can drastically change how the hospital is perceived by kids and reduce the stigma that goes with hospitalization. 

 

Global Support

Hospitals and organizations across the world are expressing how large the demand is for materials to entertain hospitalized kids who otherwise wouldn't have access to those materials. Watch the video above created by a community in cape coast, ghana.

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Community Support

With the goal of raising as many donations of art supplies as we can, we rely heavily on community support. This campaign wouldn't be possible without generous donations from companies and our nonprofit partners.


In-Hospital Art Programs

 
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PassPALS

PassPALS works similarly to a pen pal program. When a hospitalized child registers to participate in our PassPALS program, ArtPass matches the child with another patient in the same hospital to act as "PassPALS". Both kids receive a free PassPACK (with new art supplies valued at over $15) and exchange art with each-other a few times a week.


PassALONG

When a hospitalized child registers to participate in our PassALONG program, they receive a free PassPACK. During their stay in the hospital, they create as many pieces of art as they'd like. Before they are discharged, they remove their art supplies to take home, and replace them with a few pieces of art to give to the patient entering their room once they leave.


Education and Advocacy

 
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With the help of our Global Ambassador network, we have developed an educational curriculum and are going into schools and communities to educate children about the importance of seeking out medical attention when symptoms for common diseases arise, while showing how the hospital doesn't have to be such a scary place. After surveying children following school and community presentations featuring our curriculum aimed to help children feel less nervous about seeking medical care, we found that 93% of kids were more willing to seek out medical attention and felt less scared about the hospital as a whole.