Art is Essential

It goes without saying that this has been a year unlike any other. We’ve learned the definition of terms like shelter-in-place and social distancing, and we’ve grown accustomed to wearing face masks, digital meetings, and spending time at home. 

It would be easy to get discouraged, however here at Cedarhurst, we are leaning into change – adapting and finding new ways to enrich our community with art.

When outbreaks of COVID-19 isolated long-term care residents, Cedarhurst volunteers used art to demonstrate love;

When our local hospital workers were setting up war rooms and working long, intimidating hours, Cedarhurst used art to show support;

And when we saw the community come together, we used art to celebrate kindness.

  In our efforts, we have been reminded time and time again that Art is Essential. When it feels like the world has turned upside-down, the arts bring us back to center. As we enter the giving season, Cedarhurst staff and volunteers will use art to encourage our neighbors, leaving artful messages in a different neighborhood each week. Here’s how you can help and #GiveBack.

• Donate
! Make a gift to Cedarhurst to support programs like this. Donations help purchase supplies like chalk and window paint. You can donate online through Facebook and the Cedarhurst website, or by calling our office (618-242-1236) or mailing a check. 

• Join the Street Team!
 Volunteers are instrumental in bringing Cedarhurst programs to life! Contact Carrie Gibbs for more information about our chalk-ins and other volunteer opportunities.

• Spread the Word!
 Like, share, and comment on our Facebook posts so people know what Cedarhurst is up to. Encourage people to donate and support Cedarhurst. The arts need more advocates, and that means you!

We are grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community and to bring people hope, inspiration, and joy through the arts. Your support makes these things possible.