Nurturing the Child’s Spirit through Art

ArtCares for Kids is a Miami-based nonprofit organization serving children in medical settings dealing with psychological, emotional and physical challenges. Our dedicated members and volunteers understand the benefits of nurturing children through the creative process of art and strive to provide art as a therapeutic and healing tool.

Children with cancer describe the effects of treatment as exhausting and weakening. Chemotherapy makes them feel sad, tired, and scared, taking a tremendous toll, not only on their physical, but their emotional lives.

“Art provides a nonverbal way for children to express their feelings and traumas. It helps them assert their individuality and prevent their illness from defining who they are,” says Clinical Art Therapist Liz Portuondo, who along with Tania Quintana and Dorian Rosen, founded artcares-artArtCares for Kids in 2010 to help children in the Pediatric Oncology and Transplant units at Jackson Memorial’s Holtz Children Hospital… Learn more.

Donate Today

Your donations make a direct impact on the life of a child living with cancer. The young patients spend a large number of hours confined to their rooms. Help make theirs a more colorful and pleasant place!

ArtCares for Kids invites you to delight everyone on your list by giving a donation in their name, and making a difference in the life of a child living with cancer.

Donate Art Supplies to ArtCares

ArtCares for Kids happily accepts donated art supplies of all kinds, shapes, sizes, and colors! Art Supply donations should be in good condition, either new or gently used.

We accept art & craft supplies of all kinds, including paint, paint brushes, crayons, pencils, paper, sketch pads, canvas, stretched and/or treated canvases, chalk, etc.

Art supplies and treated canvases can be delivered to:
ArtCares for Kids c/o Key Biscayne Community Foundation
88 W. McIntyre Street, Suite 200
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Volunteer Your Time

ArtCares for Kids relies on our fantastic group of volunteers, without whom we would not be able to help so many children every week.

The ArtCares volunteers meet twice per week to create art projects with the children of the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Units of the Holtz Children’s Hospital.

If you would like to volunteer, just download this PDF Application, fill it out, and email it to

ArtCares for Kids News & Events

Happy Valentine’s Day!

ArtCares for Kids would like to thank you for helping brighten the lives of hospitalized children with your support and donations!

The Gift of Art: Click here to download a coloring page (PDF 675kb), our gift to you with love and gratitude.

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It’s No Secret: Coloring Book Benefits ArtCares for Kids!

You’ve probably heard that coloring books are all the rage—for both children and adults! Studies have shown that coloring helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation by calming the amygdala, the part of the brain related to our fear/stress response. Coloring also stimulates the parts of the brain responsible for creativity and logic.

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Help LuchisHope!

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Luchi (Luciana Triggiano Villamizar). She lost her fierce and brave battle with cancer and left us on December 18, 2016, a few months shy of her fourth birthday. Her family, friends, doctors, nurses and volunteers will for ever miss her indomitable spirit…

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