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Most people don’t think about children having arthritis but more than 3,000 children in the Kansas City Metro area have some form of this painful disease. Our Art for Arthritis event teams as many as 20 local children affected by juvenile arthritis with area artists to spend a summer together creating unique pieces of artwork. The art is then auctioned off at the Art for Arthritis event in order to raise money for nationwide arthritis research, as well as local programs and services.

This event, however, is much more than a fundraiser. It affords local children with arthritis an introduction to the arts and teaches them to utilize art as an alternative method of self-expression free from the restrictions their disease. Please visit the Art for Arthritis page on Facebook to see photos from previous Art for Arthritis events. To see how you can help please go to the Kansas Arthritis Foundation’s website.

I was honored to be a part of this event and enjoyed challenging myself to create a “calmer” work of art than usual to benefit a great cause.

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