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The American artist Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way…things I had no words for.”

We believe art is a universal language, able to transcend boundaries and transform lives.

COLLAGE was founded in 2006 by Dr. Jennifer Wheler, when she was an oncologist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her goal was to bring art to cancer patients to promote creativity, wellness and relief of stress through self-expression.

Since then, over 7,000 patients, family members and cancer care providers have participated in COLLAGE programs. Patients report outcomes as diverse as the work they create. For some, time with a COLLAGE artist provides a fun diversion from the stress of treatment. For others, particularly those patients with more advanced disease, a session with a COLLAGE artist can have a deep and meaningful impact on their lives.

COLLAGE has also launched programs in NYC at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and in Boston at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

To learn more about our individual programs, please click here.


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