Art Saves Lives

Art for Recovery

Art for Recovery is a UCSF non-profit providing a safe environment for cancer and HIV/AIDs patients to creatively express the intense feelings that arise in their diagnosis through art. We believe artistic expression is instrumental to the healing process, whether it is during treatment or after. Since 1988, Art for Recovery has had the goal of providing art, music, and writing experiences, free of charge, to anyone dealing with life-threatening illnesses, including the Bay Area’s underserved populations. Art for Recovery is offered both at the bedside and through various projects and groups. On average, the team of creatives interacts with over 200 patients a week at the three main UCSF campuses and online programming. This diverse community includes artists from all cultures and ethnicities, connecting in spaces with the common trait of having cancer. These experiences are an opportunity for everyone to safely share their story and the stories of other patients and to support each other in a community of those who understand. 

Hearts in San Francisco Project

The Hearts in San Francisco project debuted in 2004 with 131 heart sculptures, created by local Bay Area artists and auctioned by the Foundation in support of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

The Foundation raised nearly 3 million dollars for ZSFG in that first year. Today, we carry on this tradition by commissioning and auctioning a new set of hearts each year. The funds raised support those delivering on the promise of accessible and equitable health care for all in our city.

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2024 Hearts