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Painting, Poetry, Music and More: Frankie Does it All

It was nearly a decade ago when Frankie first became a student with Snow City Arts. Since then, he’s worked with our teaching artists to write poems, make films, paint paintings, perform music, take photos and more. Much more. All told, Frankie has created more than 40 different works of art with SCA while attending more than 250 workshops while in the hospital. Frankie, age 14, Fruit Groops Today, Frankie is 21 years old and still working with [...]

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Student stories|0 Comments

Ajianette: Immersing Herself in the Arts

For most of us, a lifetime of going to the hospital every three weeks would be an emotionally daunting task. Yet that’s the reality of students like Ajianette, who has been coming to the hospital for regular treatments for 12 of her 13 years. Ajianette, age 10, Chicago LOVE Nearly eight years ago, Jia, as everyone calls her, started working with Snow City Arts. Over the years she’s worked with a dozen of our teaching artists, participated in [...]

November 6th, 2017|Categories: Student stories|0 Comments

A Grand Opening of a New Facility

Artists do their best work when they have the best tools available. That’s certainly true with the work done at Snow City Arts. Having the highest quality supplies, facility, and resources available helps us provide the most innovative and creative artistic and learning experience for children in hospitals. Sue Fischer, Carrie Spitler, Chris Hensley, Les Wiberg, and Mary Wiberg outside the new Idea Lab. That’s why we are very excited to announce the opening of a brand new [...]

October 31st, 2017|Categories: News Updates|3 Comments

Sampling Silly Sounds

“What’s the silliest noise you can think of?” That’s often a very important question Snow City Arts’ music teaching artist Lenny Zieben asks after finding out whether a child in the hospital is interested in making music. When a student wants to play guitar, keyboard, or even ukulele, Zieben pulls out that instrument and they start creating. Some want to go in a different direction and use samples and effects to create a new, innovative piece of music, while other [...]

August 1st, 2017|Categories: Artwork stories|Tags: , , |1 Comment


An hour ago, the tray in front of Nicholas in his hospital bed held his lunch. Now it’s the streets of Tokyo. Nicholas has lined up some of his kaiju monster action figures: Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Mothra, Rodan, SpaceGodzilla. He keeps adding more and more, asking Jonathan Stein, a Snow City Arts visual arts teaching artist, to pull favorites from a bag on the floor next to the bed to show off. They’re the manifestation of his love for monster movies [...]

June 27th, 2017|Categories: Student stories|0 Comments

Remembering Katie

All of us at Snow City Arts are sad to share that we have recently lost an important member of our family. Katie Kurcz, a founding co-chair of our Auxiliary Board, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 12, after a long battle with cancer. Her contributions and dedication to our organization have had a profound impact on the success we share today. Co-founded by Katie and Debbie Smith in 2011, the Auxiliary Board at Snow City Arts has raised nearly [...]

May 19th, 2017|Categories: News Updates|0 Comments