The Brushes with Cancer Program

Creating Unexpected Intersections

Brushes with Cancer is a unique and transformative program sponsored by Twist Out Cancer that pairs artists with individuals touched by cancer to create meaningful pieces of art that reflect their journey, emotions, and experiences. Through this collaborative process, Brushes with Cancer aims to provide healing, support, and empowerment to both the artist and the individual affected by cancer. The program finishes on a high note with our signature celebratory art exhibition, celebratory event and auction.

To learn more download our Brushes with Cancer Overview and FAQ’s 2024

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The Brushes with Cancer Experience

The Impact of Brushes with Cancer in 2023

After more than three dozen Brushes with Cancer programs, we continue to see evidence that the experience is impactful for both Artists and Inspirations. Connections fostered through our Brushes with Cancer program offer healing for anyone touched by cancer. Explore the connections made by Artists and Inspirations in 2023 in the 2023 Annual Report. 

The Unexpected Intersections of 2022
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Current Brushes with Cancer Programs
Joelle Bilow
Brushes with Cancer Fall 2024 Open Program
The next open program will take place in Philadelphia this November. If you are interested in participating as an artist or inspiration please reach out to
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Colors of Systemic Mastocytosis: Expressions of Life with SM
Twist Out Cancer has partnered with Blueprint Medicines, a biopharmaceutical company studying oncology, hematology, and rare diseases, to further amplify its mission to share, connect, and heal. Together, Twist Out Cancer and Blueprint Medicines have developed Colors of SM: Expressions of Life with Systemic Mastocytosis, which is a 4-6 month program that matches individuals touched by systemic mastocytosis (identified as “Inspirations”) with talented artists that work in a variety of mediums.
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Lyrika Van Vliet's piece, "The Blossom Of A Wish," which shows a baby laying in a flower, with lips blowing a dandelion above it
Brushes with Cancer at Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center
In the fall of 2024, the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center will present a stunning exhibition of 20+ works of art inspired by individuals touched by cancer.
Featured Artists
Michael Leavy
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Alison Conklin
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Sharon Arffa
Sharon Arffa
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Kathryn Tubbs
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Theresa Bond
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Sheryl Ann Noday
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The Team

Executive Board Members

Jenna Benn Shersher- Founder, CEO and Board President

Andrew Edelston- Board Chair

Emma Peck Block

Erin Johnson

Alex Perry

Joelle Goldman Bilow

Kathleen Boord

Joshua Taustein

Dr. Christian Squillante

Jon Goldberg

Howard Aaron

Jennifer L. Katz Margolis

Cynthia Beck

Danny Glick

Kevin Morgan

Jenny Indig

Mara McCarthy

Bari Fleischer

Mahwish Syed

Advisory Board Members

Jacqueline Carmody

Donna Dang

Jennifer Dee

Kenny Lapins

Gudrun Wu Synder

Jeffrey Guerrero

Dr. Martin Hogan

Anna Feneis

Ella Hawk

Kara Thomas

Bari Murphy

Shelby Zitelman

Tanya Kertsman

Joe Lombardo

Soraya Fata

Mignon Dupepe

Sonya Keshwani

Elizabeth Tabas


Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and CEO

Amelia Hanrahan, COO

August Spree, Director of Programming

Ana Gordon, Clinical Director

Jacqueline Carmody, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist

Lindsay Patton, Director of Digital Strategy

Jenna Koch, Social Work Intern

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