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CHD Cancer House of Hope Hosts Guided Art Class

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Those who have experienced cancer — or stood by someone who has — so often discover a rock-like strength within themselves. The CHD Cancer House of Hope wishes to celebrate their strength and provide a creative means of processing their experience, with an upcoming group guided art class.

CHD Cancer House of Hope, in partnership with the Red Thread Network (RTN) of West Springfield, will host a Guided Art Class on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1999 Westfield St. in West Springfield. Local artist Vincent Costanzi will guide group participants in creating motivational rocks, painted with inspirational words to provide strength and resilience at a time when it is needed most. Pre-registration is required by calling the CHD Cancer House of Hope at (413) 733-1858.

“Art is such a universal language of beauty and creativity, and cancer affects everyone regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity, so it seemed like a really great way to touch a diverse group of people facing a similar crisis,” said Joe Kane, program director at the CHD Cancer House of Hope.

The Red Thread Network and the CHD Cancer House of Hope came together several months ago to identify ways that they might collaborate on efforts to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of members of the cancer community.

“RTN is looking forward to this new relationship with CHD Cancer House of Hope by providing this guided art program and filling a need for creative opportunities while continuing our mission to collaborate culture, commerce, and community,” said Christine Costanzi, chairperson and co-founder of the Red Thread Network for the Arts.

The Red Thread Network is a nonprofit formed to promote community arts in a supportive environment through education and advocacy. It was formed as a follow-up to the Terriers Around Town outdoor art project, to encourage the large number of area artists who are active in the arts and who wish to have a way to promote the arts in West Springfield.

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