Arts For Life to Hold Teaching Volunteer Information Session

Local nonprofit seeks volunteers to teach art
to Winston-Salem’s pediatric patients

"The statewide nonprofit Arts For Life provides more than 22,000 dynamic visual art, creative writing, and music lessons annually to pediatric patients and their families facing serious illnesses and disabilities. They count on volunteer assistance to deliver this life-changing arts education: Last year, volunteers donated more than 8,000 hours of art instruction and support across North Carolina. The organization currently needs more volunteers to teach the arts at Brenner Children’s Hospital and invites those interested to attend an information session on Monday, March 2, from noon until 1 pm at the Milton Rhodes Center in downtown.

Teaching volunteers must have skills in the arts, enjoy working with children, and be 18 years of age or older. Volunteers are expected to teach lessons weekly to patients and their siblings.

“I spend each Friday at the hospital, and that makes it the best day of my week,” says Winston-Salem volunteer Lauren Ling. “It’s amazing to watch a young child fully immerse themselves in the process of making art, leaving behind the beeping IV poll and the fear and discomfort surrounding treatment. It’s a triumph for art to be the reason a patient wants ‘10 minutes longer’ before going home.”
Information session attendees are invited to bring all questions to the March 2 event; no pre-registration is required. More details about volunteer as well as internship opportunities, including an online volunteer application, can be found at

Arts For Life got its start in Winston-Salem in 2001, and the Triad chapter now serves more than 2,000 patients and family members every year at Brenner Children’s Hospital. The organization also leads weekly art sessions at the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem.

Arts For Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting people facing serious illness through educational art programs. The organization helps children and teens daily in four cities across North Carolina. For more information about their work, visit, or call (828) 772-5339."

- A Press Release

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