About Healing Art

Responding to community needs in 1990, ALH - in partnership with artist Patrick Palmer - established the Healing Art program for adults living with HIV/AIDS. Five years later, ALH expanded the program to serve adults living with other severe illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and physical disabilities. Led by experienced artist-teachers, the program provides students with an extensive support structure in a safe and creative environment and is one of the only programs of its kind for adults in Houston outside of hospital or clinical settings.

The program consists of four classes held each Friday from September through May. Classes are limited to 10 participants to allow for one-on-one instruction and facilitate a sense of community in each class.

The program format includes visiting instructors, site visits, a culminating curated exhibition in the Main Gallery, and additional skill-building activities related to developing a thriving art practice. In preparation for their annual exhibition, students are provided with art-making materials and connected with professional artists from the community for one-on-one studio visits and the development of an artist statement. Each week, guest teachers are invited into the classroom to lead a one-day workshop. Through these experiences, participants obtain practical skills necessary to develop as artists, while learning more about art, themselves and each other in a supportive and healing environment.

Healing Art artists participate in two annual ALH events where they publicly exhibit and sell their artworks. Through participation in these events, students gain a greater sense of confidence and self-worth, and have opportunities to earn income. Many of them do not work due to their health status so this source of income is vital.

Healing Art is currently accepting referrals to this program for the Fall 2019 semester. Applications will be accepted between July 15, 2019 - Aug. 19, 2019.

Healing Art Fall 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