Dear Friends, Neighbors and Colleagues,
It is my pleasure to pay homage to my alma mater, Hunter College, with a reading and signing event for my newly-published book: A Feeling of Fullness - Insights of a Divinely Guided Journey Beyond Breast Cancer — Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 7:00–8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for location details.
The book is filled with color photographs reflecting my personal story and my visual artwork related to early detection, advocacy and survivorship.
Proceeds from book sales fund SISTAAH’s cancer awareness and survivorship projects in underserved communities. The book also is available via my website www.wilhelminagrant.com; click the “Buy Now” button on the “Books” tab. Thank you for your support!
The Hamilton Grange Library and CB9 Arts & Culture Committee present the visual art of Wilhelmina Grant
Climbing the Wall
Hamilton Grange Library at 503 West 145th Street, Harlem, New York
Artist Wilhelmina Grant/SISTAAH Studio mounts a vibrant and colorful abstract art exhibition presented from an alternative perspective. These wall scape reproductions are 24 x 36 inches in size and are the result of the artist’s experimentation in the medium of pigments and alcohol manipulated on glazed and unglazed ceramic substrates.
The artist reception will include an artist talk by Wilhelmina Grant, joined by woodwind multi-instrumentalist, Willie Mack, who explores the relationship between the vibrations of color and sound to “play the paintings.”
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, August 6, 2016 • 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission FREE
Viewing Dates: June 21 – August 6, 2016 (Library Closed July 2–4)
Viewing Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 10 am – 7pm; Fridays & Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm
Harlem resident, Wilhelmina Grant is a self-taught artist, arts instructor and published author. Her favorite mediums include assemblage, collage, photography and encaustic painting. Wilhelmina uses the arts to help provide the underserved communities with wellness information. Personal art studio visits by appointment. She maintains websites at www.wilhelminagrant.com and www.SISTAAH.org
Each year NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) selects community artists and organizations whom they consider to be outstanding to honor during the Uptown Arts Stroll. I am delighted and excited to announce that I am one of the NoMAA 2016 Uptown Arts Stroll Honorees! The Uptown Arts Stroll Kickoff Event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1 • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. See flyer for further details:
Join us for a presentation based on Wilhelmina Grant's book: A Feeling of Fullness — Insights of a Divinely Guided Journey Beyond Breast Cancer. The book chronicles the journey from the nearly-missed diagnosis of Stage II-A breast cancer at age 37, through her present-day life as an artist/author/health awareness advocate. The book is filled with color photographs of visual art which relates to the topic of early detection, advocacy and survivorship.
I am honored to be selected as a featured presenter of my newly-released memoir A Feeling of Fullness — Insights of a Divinely Guided Journey Beyond Breast Cancer for the Celebration of Black Arts Festival #CBA32. The month-long celebration will include interactive performances and presentations from the region's most talented authors and artists. I hope to see you if time and distance permit.
My workshop presentation, reading and book signing event is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Art Sanctuary's Celebration of Black Writing
2016 Literary and Arts Conference
Saturday, May 21st, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Church of the Advocate
1801 Diamond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Admission FREE. RSVP required.
Check the website and stay tuned for updates for more information and registration.
This year my art studio has become a kitchen of sorts where I have cooked up an art collection created from kitchen utensils and cookware and objects which had literally been kicked to the curb. Kitchen & Curb is the result of this juxtaposition of castoffs and discards. Kitchen & Curb represents a re-evaluation of the life cycle of everyday items in a throwaway society. I have discovered that the transformation of outdated, rusty, or broken objects is a metaphor for personal renewal and boundless possibilities. This transformative process mirrors my life as a two-time survivor of breast cancer – 21 years and counting.
The Kitchen & Curb art works are available for purchase. For more information contact the artist, Wilhelmina Grant by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to all who attended the opening reception of NCA Group Exhibition On the Matter of Water at Wilmer Jennings Gallery on October 11 and shared in my birthday celebration!
The exhibition will remain on view until November 21, 2015 with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 3-5 p.m. See promo card below address and additional information.
Please join us for the opening reception of Kitchen & Curb: Found Object Art by Wilhelmina Grant at Tsion Café and Bakery, 763 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10031 (148/149 Street), Sugar Hill-Harlem on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
In addition to 3-dimensional assemblages, limited edition, hand painted, ceramic tiles will also be on view and available for purchase.
Come and visit SISTAAH Studio you during the 2015 Art Stroll on Sunday, June 14 (2:00-6:00 p.m.) for exhibition, sale, arts activities, and giveaways. 2005 Amsterdam Avenue, Lower Level, (between 159/160th Street).
Please join us on Saturday, September 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Home Sweet Harlem Bistro (1528 Amsterdam Avenue, 135/136 Street) for an art exhibition. Opening Reception featuring new assemblages made from kitchen utensils and found objects collected inside and outside the home.
R.S.V.P. to SISTAAHstudio@gmail.com or call (646) 590-2728 to be included in free tasting and sampling of specialties of Home Sweet Harlem Bistro.
Greetings friends and colleagues,
If time and distance permit, I would love to see you at the opening reception of Women's Work on March 14, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. If you cannot make the opening reception, the exhibition will remain on view until April 26. I have two pieces in the show including the piece on the promo card above.
Hope to see you there.
Wilhelmina Grant and SISTAAH, Inc. arrive in Dallas, Texas for the opening reception of Transformation & Triumph! at the African American Museum of Dallas. The traveling exhibit includes a tribute to breast cancer survivors by photographer, Sylvia Dunnavant of Dallas and a mixed-media assemblage exhibition (Clock Strikes Thirteen) honoring 13 notable Black ancestors who died of breast cancer by visual artist, Wilhelmina Grant of New York City. Transformation & Triumph! remains on display in the gallery at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas from September 2013 through February 2014.
The Fourth Annual Survivorship Saturday In Harlem, a gathering which unites cancer survivors, their families, friends, and healthcare providers to celebrate survivorship and promote early detection of cancer presented by Wilhelmina Grant/SISTAAH, Inc. (Survivors Inspiring Sisters Through Art & Advocacy for Health) is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., free of charge and open to the public.
Survivorship Saturday will be held at New Covenant Temple, 1805 Amsterdam Avenue, (149th Street) New York, NY 10031. Reservations are required: (646) 590-2728. Complimentary refreshments will be served. See flyers below.
Please reserve early for the Celebration and/or Make Your Own Drum workshop. Also please spread the word to others who may be interested.
We will see you there!
Greetings Family, Friends and Neighbors,
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday (4/27) and Sunday (4/28) from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at SISTAAH Studio, 401 W. 149th Street (nr. St. Nicholas Avenue) for the Sweet Indulgence in Sugar Hill Pre-Mother’s Day 2013 Celebration. View the Me & My Big Sister Art Exhibition; select a unique Mother’s Day handmade, one of a kind gift created by guest artists; and enjoy the afternoon with live saxophone music and complimentary tasty fresh fruit treats (chocolate may be involved)!
(646) 590-2728 for more info Wilhelmina Grant SistaahStudio@gmail.com
SISTAAH Art Studio in historic Sugar Hill-Harlem, 401 West 149th Street, commemorates Women’s History Month with Me & My Big Sister (and other Women We Adore), a visual arts exhibition featuring mixed media visual art of Wilhelmina Grant (and her big sister), Bisa Washington.
The Me and My Big Sister exhibition is available for viewing by appointment through April 20, 2013 and features collage and assemblage works which pay homage to the strong, illustrious and beautiful women in the artists’ ancestral lineage as well as outstanding historical women such as Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer and Osceola McCarty, to name a few.
Telephone SISTAAH Art Studio at (646) 590-2728 or email SistaahStudio@gmail.com for hours of operation and more information.
Wilhelmina Grant/SISTAAH Studio presents Greet the Griot!, an art exhibition to commemorate Black History Month, February 2-28, 2013. This exhibition features a unique opportunity to interact with Harlem resident Baba Robert Oba Cullins, world traveler, educator, Warri master and art collector.
As an extension of SISTAAH’s mission to increase health awareness in underserved populations, SISTAAH Art Studio continues the tradition of intersecting individuals, issues and art by the presentation of a series of O.Y.E. (Open Your Eyes) Exhibits featuring art displays and dialogues of social significance by local visual artists/residents.
Join us for the opening reception for GREET the Griot! on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at SISTAAH Studio, 401 W. 149th Street, NY, NY 10031 (near St. Nicholas Avenue). Subway: A,B,C, D or #1 to 145th Street. Bus: M3, M100, M101 to 148th St. For further information call (646) 590-2728 or email SistaahStudio@gmail.com
Greetings Neighbors and Friends,
SISTAAH Art Studio, 401 West 149th Street, will open its doors to the public for the first time in a newly acquired space in the historic Sugar Hill section of Harlem on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. As an extension of SISTAAH’s mission to increase health awareness in underserved populations, SISTAAH Art Studio will continue the tradition of intersecting individuals, issues and art by the presentation of a series of O.Y.E. (Open Your Eyes) Exhibits featuring art displays and dialogues of social significance by local visual artists.
SISTAAH Art Studio’s inaugural exhibit entitled Aubu’s Arbors features a collection of sculptures, masks, collages and paintings using sticks, branches, roots, resins, leaves and other fallen-tree remnants, masterfully transformed by mixed-media artist, Aubu.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be open to the public from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Aubu’s Arbors will remain on display through January 14, 2013.
SISTAAH Art Studio is located at 401 W. 149th St., NY, NY 10031 between Convent and St. Nicholas Avenues.
For more information, please call (212) 926-3517 or email email@example.com
TREKS THROUGH TEXAS
Traveling Exhibit Featured at 25th Biennial Symposium
In June 2012, SISTAAH, Inc. and Celebrating Life Foundation displayed their joint exhibition TRANSFORMATION & TRIUMPH at The Intercultural Cancer Council’s 25th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity in Houston, Texas. The 5-day was attended by 800 participants including physicians, researchers, community organizers, cancer survivors, health educators, and students. Houston is the third stop on the national tour of Transformation & Triumph!, a traveling breast cancer awareness art exhibition which focuses on African-American women, women of color and the medically underserved.
Support at The JCC in Manhattan presentsI'm NOT Alone: A Documentary Film for Breast Cancer Awareness
Wed, Feb 15, 7 pm, Free
When CUNY TV producer, Sara Porath, was diagnosed with breast cancer, her thoughts were filled with confusion, helplessness and fear. She dealt with the news the way she knew best—by using film to turn her private journey into public education.
Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion between Sara and artist Wilhelmina Obatola Grant and Baruch College Asst. Prof. of Law Carl Aylman (who are interviewed in the film).
The evening is free but pre-registration is strongly suggested to guarantee a seat.
SURVIVORSHIP SUNDAY IN HARLEM OBSERVED ON JULY 18
Celebrating Survivorship of Cancer of any Kind in Women and Men in Harlem
(A Special Event Sponsored by Senator Bill Perkins)
Survivorship Sunday in Harlem for Cancer Survivors, Caregivers and Health Professionals will take place on July 18, 2010 from 2:00–6:00 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street in the Art Gallery on the second floor. Senator Bill Perkins is sponsoring the first Survivorship Sunday in Harlem, a celebration of survivorship of cancer of any kind in women and men in our community. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends and healthcare professionals will unite to honor survivors for their strength and courage, and also recognize the contributions of their supporters.
Survivorship Sunday in Harlem will feature a 60-piece mixed media art exhibition of visual artist and two-time breast cancer survivor, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, and include an art talk and lunch reception. Clock Strikes Thirteen, a visual art homage to well-known Black women who lost their lives to breast cancer will be on display alongside other assemblage art works which address early detection, advocacy issues and cancer survivorship.
Cultural animator, Jeremiah Kyle Drake of the Riverside Church will conduct Watch What You Watch, an interactive workshop focusing on the Aesthetics of Health using techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed. In addition, the recently released documentary, Survive & Thrive: Hope, Laughter and Truth which features eleven breast cancer survivors (including Grant and two other New York residents) sharing survivorship experiences during an Alaskan retreat, will be screened.
Admission to Survivorship Sunday in Harlem is free. Reservations are required as space is limited. Please call (212) 926-3517.
Clock Strikes Thirteen … Again!
You are invited to join mixed-media artist Wilhelmina Obatola Grant for an art talk and refreshments at the opening reception of visual art exhibition Clock Strikes Thirteen, an homage to 13 well-known Black women who lost their lives to breast cancer, on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street in the Art Gallery on the second floor.
Clock Strikes Thirteen will be on display alongside other assemblage art works which address early detection, advocacy issues and cancer survivorship from July 1-31, 2010 by appointment by calling (212) 926-3517 or by emailing:
Admission is free. Photo I.D. is required to enter the building.
Click to view streaming video from 3/11/10 Opening Reception of Clock Strikes Thirteen Visual Art Exhibition
Harlem Relay for Life
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society on July 15, 2010.
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The Creative Power of Women Awards
On March 26, 2010, I was one of nine women presented with The Creative Power of Women Awards by State Senator Bill Perkins for using the creative arts to bring public awareness and attention to social issues.
Alain Locke Arts & Action Award – March 3, 2010
Alain Locke Award
On March 3, 2010 the Harlem Arts Alliance presented the Alain Locke Arts & Action Award to Wilhelmina Obatola Grant for outstanding efforts to increase awareness through the arts.
Alain Locke was an artist who used the arts to bring awareness to cultural and social issues. The Harlem Arts Alliance presents this award to those who use their membership to illuminate issues and empower people to act to address them.
The Black Art History Maker’s Awards – February 26, 2010
The Black Art History Maker’s Awards
Honoring Faith Ringgold, Ademola Olugebefola and Wilhelmina Obatola Grant
It's 10 PM -- Do You Know Where Your Children Are?
I had the privilege of exhibiting a piece entitled "It's 10 PM -- Do You Know Where Your Children Are?" in the Black Artist As Activist exhibition. Upon examination of the piece, one of the youth exclaimed "This is mad cool -- and I so get it." (see photos below)
The Black Artist As Activist exhibition features artists from the African Diaspora whose work depicts the notion of the artist as an environmental, ethical, humanistic and social activist. The exhibition is a core project of The Black Artist As Activist (BAAA) program, which explores the concept of artists as transformative agents from social, cultural, and political perspectives. This program provides venues for literary, visual and performance artists to create art, to engage in conversations about the impact of their art on society, to exhibit their art and to raise societal awareness for the use of art as a tool for liberation.
The show can be viewed from January 31 - March 28, 2010 at Danny Simmons' Corridor Gallery, 334 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 - 718.230.5002 www.corridorgallerybrooklyn.org
CLOCK STRIKES THIRTEEN
A mixed-media visual art exhibition during Women’s History Month to commemorate the stellar journeys of 13 well-known Black women lost to breast cancer
(New York, New York, January 25, 2010) Visual Artist and two-time breast cancer survivor, Wilhelmina ‘Obatola ‘ Grant will unveil her newest mixed media assemblage exhibition, Clock Strikes Thirteen, which pays homage to trailblazing Black female ancestors who have impacted society significantly, and who would have undoubtedly made even greater contributions if they had lived longer, healthier lives. The exhibition features depictions of Fannie Lou Hamer, Hattie McDaniel, Audre Lorde, Minnie Riperton, and nine others who died of breast cancer before age 60. On March 11, 2010 The Countee Cullen Branch of the New York Public Library will host the Opening Reception for this Women’s History Month Art Exhibition from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in their Art Gallery at 104 W. 136th Street, New York, NY 10030. Admission is free and the exhibition may be viewed daily except Sundays from March 3 through March 27 from 2:00 p.m. until ½ hour before library closing.
Clock Strikes Thirteen is the latest addition to Grant’s breast cancer awareness assemblage art exhibition and highlights the alarming fact that the Black community suffers a disproportionately higher mortality rate due to breast cancer than other ethnic groups even though diagnoses are less frequent. Clock Strikes Thirteen is the result of Grant’s exhaustive research which revealed only two (2) high profile Black women survivors of breast cancer as compared to a list bearing the names of hundreds of famous white women living with breast cancer today.
Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, as a mixed-media assemblage artist, uses discarded or found objects which she repurposes into art to inform and educate the community to increase awareness about the benefits of early detection of breast cancer, survivorship and advocacy.
Triumph and Transformation: Life After Breast Cancer
Presented by: The Office of Government and Community Affairs - Columbia University in the City of New York
A mixed-media assemblage art exhibition focusing on breast cancer awareness. Download flyer.
Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Visual Artist.
Opening Reception Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion 1150 St. Nicholas Avenue (at 168th St.)
Ongoing exhibition at 2 locations:
November 16, 2009 - January 14, 2010
Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion
1150 St. Nicholas Avenue (at 168th St.)
Open Monday through Friday during regular business hours
Lasker Biomedical Research Building
3960 Broadway (entrance on 166th St.)
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
Opening Reception Breast Cancer Awareness Art Exhibition
New York Public Library
Countee Cullen Branch
WHAT “CAN WE DO” TO BREAK THE CHAIN OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN?
91 Claremont Ave., Room 9T
New York, NY 10027
Artists: Aubu, Valerie T. Kirk, Obatola, Jeremiah Kyle Drake and the Actors of CTO Riverside
63rd Sculpture Exhibition
Pen & Brush Building at
16 East 10th Street
in New York’s Greenwich Village
Riverside Church, March 29, 2009
WHAT “CAN WE DO” TO BREAK THE CHAIN OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN?
91 Claremont Ave., Room 9T
New York, NY 10027
Visual Art by Jeremiah Kyle Drake, Aubu, Obatola W. Grant & Phoenix
Come and join us to experience ourselves as “spectators” and “actors” in the story of violence against women. This is an action to reinvent the past, better understand the present, in order to invent the future.
Facilitator: Jeremiah Kyle Drake with Speakers from CONNECT, SAFE HORIZON and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Carver Federal Savings Bank, March 26, 2009
Press Conference: 125th Street Business Improvement District BID ON CULTURE Project
Click to read New York Amsterdam News story, "BID on Culture street banners unveiled"
This event recognized the artists whose designs were selected
through the BID ON CULTURE banner design competition.
BID ON CULTURE is a new initiative developed through the partnership between the 125th Street BID and the Harlem Arts Alliance to help build a community-based vision of Harlem's heritage, its role as a vibrant cultural center, and to promote the continued revitalization of 125th Street as the commercial and artistic heart of Harlem.
BID ON CULTURE Banners will extend the brand of 125th Street as the center of culture in Harlem, a diverse community with an unparalleled history of contribution to the nation in all fields of human endeavor.
Pen & Brush Building, March 5–29, 2009
Art into Life / Life into Art: Celebrating Women's History
Pen & Brush Building at
16 East 10th Street
in New York’s Greenwich Village
The Pen & Brush proudly presents Art into Life/Life into Art, an international multi-media exhibition curated by Midori Yoshimoto. This exhibition consists of art works that forge new connections between art and life in the 21st century. Within the context of women's history, these artist's consider the reaction of artists in the 1960s to the modernist credo of "art for art's sake".
Midori Yoshimoto is an ass ociate professor of art history and gallery director at New Jersey City University. Her exhibitions include, Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace (2008), and For My People: The Art of Elizabeth Catlett (2006). She specializes in Japanese avant-garde art of the 1960's. Her publications include: Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York (2005), which interweaves art and life of five Japanese women artists including Yoko Ono and Yayoi Kusama; an essay in Zen'ei no Josei 1950-1975 (2005); and entries in Yes Yoko Ono (2000). She is currently editing an issue of Women and Performance on "Women and Fluxus" and co-editing a volume of Positions on "Collectivism in 20th century Japanese art." Dr. Yoshimoto serves as the Chair of CAA's Committee of Women in the Arts.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 2009
National Conference of Artists Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Obatola led a discussion on art and censorship. A video of the event is being shown on Arts and Culture on public access TV.
Pen & Brush Building, Feb.12–March 1, 2009
First Response: Artists Imagine…America. How will President Obama's election change our world?
A Multi-Media Art Exhibition
Pen & Brush Building at
16 East 10th Street
in New York’s Greenwich Village
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 12, 4–7pm
The Pen & Brush proudly presents First Response: Artists Imagine…America, a multi-media
exhibition curated by Jerelle Kraus, former art director of The New York Times. This exhibit brings
together multifaceted viewpoints that contemplate our current cultural climate and celebrate this
pivotal moment in history.
Jerelle Kraus is a Fulbright scholar, fine artist, writer, and illustrator. For thirteen of her thirty years at The New York Times she art directed its Op-Ed and Editorial pages. Throughout her career, her award-winning contributions to the arts have been exhibited and published internationally. Her recent book, All the Art That's Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn't): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page, reveals the inside story of the Op-Ed page from its conception to today.
Founded over 115 years ago, The Pen & Brush, Inc., is an international non-profit organization for women in the visual, literary and performing arts. Our rich history is a chronicle of persistence, passion, dedication, and a commitment to equal opportunity. Some of the countless inspirational women in our number include Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl S. Buck, Ida M. Tarbell and Jessie Tarbox Beals.
While honoring the ideals and contributions of the women from our vibrant past, The Pen and Brush also reaches forward, serving as an open, diverse, and global forum. Our exhibitions, competitions and programs are open to all professional women artists internationally. The Pen & Brush is a contemplative cultural resource for its members, non-member participants, the professional arts community, and the general public.
Bank Street College, Feb. 2–28, 2009
The Artists in Bank Street's Backyard
an art exhibition sponsored by
the Priscilla E. Pemberton Society
Bank Street College
610 W112th Street
featuring the work of:
Anna Alvarez * Sonia Barnett * Michelle Bishop * Denise Bradley * Aleathia Brown PJ Cobbs * Valerie Deas * Ife Felix * Laura R. Gadson * Obatola Wilhelmina Grant * Pat Mabry * Robyn Mahone Lonesome * Dindga McCannon * Misha McGlown * Ruth Miller * Dionis Ortiz * Eduardo Alexander Rabel * Ayanna Ricco * Barbara RusselL * Shimoda
New York Public Library, Oct. 25, 2008
Celebrating Strength, Perseverance and Triumph Over Challenges of Breast Cancer Art Exhibition
Assemblage Art is something I have been doing for quite some time, but only recently did I discover that this activity has a particular name. Lately I have been creating pieces made from discarded objects found in various locations throughout Harlem. It interests me to use found object art as a concrete way to interpret abstract emotional and psychological aspects of human behavior; it is my sincere hope to have an impact in the realm of visual art. Many of the ideas that stimulate the creation of my work are reflective of my experiences in the community.
The eighteen pieces in The Celebrating Strength, Perseverance and Triumph Over Challenges of Breast Cancer Exhibition are meant to inspire and impart information. The African-American community in particular is suffering a disproportionately higher mortality rate due to cancer. Earlier detection and treatment can make a difference. My goal is to enlighten and change attitudes about cancer by using myself as a positive example of survivorship. The introduction of visual art is another unique way to disseminate this vital information.