About Healing Art

In 1990, Art League Houston founded its free Healing Art program for adults living with HIV+/AIDS. In 1995, Art League provided additional Healing Art classes to serve the needs of adults living with other severe illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and physical disabilities.

Healing Art is the only program of its kind for adults in Houston, outside of hospital or clinical settings. Art League Healing Art classes are offered free of charge in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Each Friday, September to May, two Healing Art classes are presented in four-hour sessions. The HIV+/AIDS and Cancer Related Illnesses Class is taught by Rebecca Bass, and Emily Sloan instructs the MS and Physical Disabilities Class. Tuition and art supplies are provided at no cost to the students as a majority are living on fixed incomes.

Healing Art students participate in two ALH sponsored events: The MARTY: A Montrose Art Party held each spring and the Healing Art Gala Silent Auction in the fall. There is a sense of camaraderie in the two Healing Art groups, and the on-going opportunities to exhibit and sell artwork gives students a sense of accomplishment.

Healing Art is currently accepting referrals to this program for the Spring 2019 semester. Applications are due Jan. 6, 2019.

Healing Art Spring 2019 Application Form

Please contact Eepi Chaad, Director of Community Engagement, at eepi@artleaguehouston.org for more information about this program.

What participants are saying about the Healing Art :

Healing Art reaches out to those in the community who may need an activity to occupy them while touching others and advancing skills
— 2012-13 Healing Art Participant
Healing Art has given me something to believe in for myself
— 2012-13 Healing Art Participant
Healing Art has improved my overall health and peace of mind
— 2012-13 Healing Art Participant

Healing Art Instructors

Rebecca Bass has over 25 years teaching experience coupled with a strong background in both art and psychology. She has developed her own style of teaching built around a unique curriculum that instills students not only with the necessary technical skills but also motivates them through an appreciation of their own abilities and of art as a dynamic medium, allowing them to experience success. Rebecca Bass has been a driving force behind bringing the Art Car to the forefront of art education, as well as involving her students in other community art projects which in turn have allowed them to gain valuable insight into not only themselves but the community as a whole.

Internationally unknown artist and post-Campbellite Emily Sloan is the founding reverend of the controversial Southern Naptist Convention and chief caretaker and curator of The Kenmore exhibition object and the Mystic Lyon, a social sculpture featuring installation art, badminton and groceries in Houston's historic Fifth Ward. Sloan is based out of Houston, Texas where her practice includes public art projects, object making, education and performance. She presently serves on Art League Houston's Artist Board and is Co-Director of the Houston International Performance Art Biennale.


Art League Houston also wishes to thank its generous supporters of the Healing Art program:

National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section - Donny Workman Memorial Lunch Program