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Spring Has Sprung for Children's Art Project

Family Matters - Spring 2011

Spring is finally here! The flowers and trees are blooming, the sun is shining and the MD Anderson Children’s Art Project (CAP) has a fresh line of products – just in time to celebrate the season.

Just as flowers change at this time of year, the same can be said about CAP’s collection of artwork and product offerings. Because there are so many charming new designs each year, CAP archives all the artwork, allowing unique pieces to enter the marketplace when the time is right.

New products take center stage

The collection of paisley-inspired artwork is sure to impress. Featured on the “Fresh Paisley Phone Cover” ($35) and the “Fresh Paisley Weekly Planner Pad” ($15), these designs are new, colorful and exuberant — just in time for the warmer months ahead. Carrington, a longtime CAP artist, created the artwork and is now attending Baylor University on scholarship. Each year, CAP sales fund scholarships for more than 90 current and former pediatric cancer patients.

The “Lady Bug Flower Domino Necklace” ($28) is another new CAP product. The design features a spring flower with a lady bug perched on its stem. Its creator, Aidan, always had a keen eye for nature-related designs, especially those involving animals. The design is etched on one side of an actual domino, which hangs from a thin wire cord. Eight different domino designs are available.

In addition, the spring collection wouldn’t be complete without new stationery – a CAP mainstay. The “Bold Butterfly Sticky Pad” ($6) combines an original design, but the outer edges of the pad are cut to resemble the shape of a flower pedal. It’s a great example of the confluence of art and design that makes CAP products unique.

Children’s Art Project has cards and gifts ready for you

“This collection is one of the many ways that CAP makes life better for children with cancer,” says Shannan Murray, CAP’s director. “The sale of each item generates important funds that ultimately provide MD Anderson patients with opportunities to support and enhance their development.”

The creativity behind each new design is the idea of young cancer patients, who work with art instructors and volunteers to complete their masterpiece. The time spent creating artwork is time away from the often difficult realties of cancer treatment. Upon completion, each design is featured on gift items, with sale proceeds supporting patient and educational programs at MD Anderson.

Cards and gifts from the Children’s Art Project may be purchased:

  • at Houston-area grocery stores,
  • in several Houston retail locations,
  • at all four MD Anderson gift shops,
  • at the Uptown Park shopping center Children’s Art Project Boutique,
  • at the CAP online site,
  • by calling 800-231-1580 to place an order or receive a free catalog.

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