With a little help from your Peeps!

We didn’t win the Washington Post Magazine’s Peeps contest, but the Kids’ Post Pullout in the March 31 Sunday Style Section is about kids entering the Peeps Contest. They included a great picture  and a caption about our entry, along with some other awesome  kids’ Peeps creations.


Thanks, Washington Post!

Our Peeps Contest Entry

Our Peeps Contest Entry

Superheroes at Work!

The Hope for Henry Superhero Celebration yesterday at Georgetown was a grand success—thank-you Hope for Henry Foundation!

I wanted to share a charming photo of some kids working in the art area after the party. Batman had sped off in the Batmobile, Spiderman, Supergirl, the Face Painters, Caricature Artists and Green Screen photographers all packed up. But there were still doctors to see and medicines to be administered, so it was back to business in the clinic—but with an extra dose of Superhero magic!

Back to clinic for young superheroes!

Back to clinic for young superheroes!

And here’s a link to a local news story about the event:



Spring Snowflakes!

Seeing snow on top of the daffodils is really confusing! In celebration of the surprising weather, we made Spring Snowflakes at the clinic today.



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What you need

Those round paper coffee filters are great for this project. You will need coffee filters, water-based (non-permanent) markers, a brush and some water, and scissors.

 First, draw a beautiful spring scene on your coffee filter—those daffodils that were so sunny and yellow yesterday, a rainbow, a rose, or just a colorful design.

  • Then dip a paintbrush in just plain water and drip or paint the water on your drawing
  • Watch the colors run together and blend—making your drawing into a soft-edged, melty design
  • Spread your snowflakes out to dry
  • When dry, fold them in half, then in half again, and half again and cut little notches and designs along the folded edges.
  • When you open them up, you will have colorful concentric snowflake designs. Remember, no two snowflakes are alike, so it doesn’t really matter how you cut them.


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Making it snow!

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It’s snowing inside!

 We were so excited about our snowflakes that we made an indoor snowstorm! Have fun!!

Shoes, shoes, shoes!

Hi Everybody,I want to invite all our friends–and encourage you to invite your friends too, to a special event on Tuesday, March 19 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Mazza Gallery in Washington, DC. Here’s the story:Tracy’s Kids received a generous grant in honor of the launch of Luxe810 — DSW‘s new online destination for luxury shoe brands like Gucci, Prada, Bottega Venetta, YSL, Sergio Rossi, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Pucci & Giuseppe Zanotti.  Please help us say ‘thank you’ by going to their Pop-Up Shop in Mazza Gallery on Tuesday, March 19, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The Luxe810 store is located on the concourse level of Mazza Gallerie.  Please come and invite your friends!

 You shop for designer shoes and accessories starting at 80% off.  Tracy’s Kids is enriched.  Everyone wins. 

Happily Hungry on the Today Show!

The Today show aired a wonderful story on Danielle Navidi’s cookbook for kids with cancer, Happily Hungry! It came out of her experience as the mom of a pediatric cancer patient at Lombardi. Check out this great story!


To Kansas!

Tomorrow I will travel to Kansas to participate in the 39th Annual Art Therapy Discovery Day at Emporia State University! Emporia State is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious Art Therapy Master’s programs in the US. I was honored to be invited to speak by Dr. Gaelynn Wolf-Bordonaro, who directs their program.

I will lead a workshop for Hand in Hand Hospice on Friday, keynote and lead another workshop at Discovery Day on Saturday.


Looking forward to making some new friends in Kansas!

Art Therapy on the BBC!

We were delighted to be part of a story by the BBC about the field of art therapy. The story tries to get at how and why art therapy works. It features interviews with art therapists Donna Betts and Heidi Bardot, as well as students from GWU’s Art Therapy program and some great footage of our own Kate Martin working with some of our wonderful kids.

Here’s the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21579762

 BBC News Magazine

Click here to find out more!

The Power of Art: Can creativity cure the sick?

 25 February 2013 Last updated at 21:03 ET
Can unleashing inner creativity heal the sick?

Nine-year-old leukaemia patient Ryan is in no doubt. “It makes you feel like you can do anything really,” he says of the art therapy classes he enjoys, thanks to a US charity.

The American military has also long embraced art therapy, using it as a core treatment to help veterans recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Now top brass are leading research to find out why this kind of treatment works.

As Jane O’Brien reports in the second part of our Power of Art series, mounting clinical evidence of art’s medical benefits could bring new and exciting ways to harness its power.

Our Peeps Entry Revealed!

All last week at Lombardi, a crew ranging from two-year olds to grade-schoolers and a few adults, worked to transform marshmallow bunnies and chicks into a whimsical work of art for the 2013 Washington Post Magazine Peeps Contest. Since we are all about  kids and art, we chose to represent the incident at the National Gallery of Art on February 15 when a 10 by 37 foot piece of art started to come off the wall and some high school students caught it and kept it from falling. It sounded dramatic in the news accounts, but details were few, so we added creative embellishments.peeps_edited2 closeup3

Just to make it fun, we make the whole piece of art out of peeps. We spent several days custom-painting them to match the drawing. We even had to do “surgery” on them to make them fit inside the lines so we could keep the drawing to scale, but we were at the hospital, after all!

Maybe the most fun was putting in the visitors to the gallery. Three museum guards wear headsets and blue star “uniforms.” Some of the visitors have museum headsets (made of macaroni)  like the gallery provides with narratives about the art, and one little guy is holding a camera. One of the high schoolers who is catching the painting somehow ended up with Rastafarian curly-noodle hair! The gallery floor in real life is super-shiny polished granite, which we simulated with mosaic mirror tiles covered in translucent paint.

The Peeps Contest deadline is midnight, February 25, and this post is scheduled to go up at 1:00 a.m. on the 26th, so we don’t reveal our entry ahead of time. We don’t know if it will win–they get thousands of entries–but we had fun making it and talking about famous art with the kids at the clinic.


Lombardi Magazine Features Tracy’s Kids

The Tracy’s Kids art exhibit at Lombardi Cancer Center is featured in the February edition of the Lombardi Magazine online.


Here’s the link to a really great article about the exhibit and our program at Lombardi:


In the news. . .

Thought I’d take a minute to post the links to some great coverage of our Red Carpet on Wednesday night, February 13.  Enjoy!