Due to the challenges brought by 2020, we pivoted from our annual in-person gala to a virtual event. We drew inspiration from one of our most popular healthy lifestyle programs, Coffee and Canvas Painting. Paint the Canvas Red was a fun evening during which we were able to walk our supporters through the healing and community art brings to our members. See below to learn more about the event.
What is Paint the Canvas Red?
Paint the Canvas Red is a virtual art experience benefiting Cancer Support Community North Texas. This is not your average virtual gala – it is a hands-on, painting experience with live, step-by-step instruction!
We sent a box with everything the attendees needed, so that all they had to do was relax, have fun and create with us!
Why this event?
Like countless other organizations across the country, our operations were significantly impacted in March 2020. Out of growing concern for our community – many of whom are immunocompromised or are caregivers to those who would be at a greater risk of COVID-19 – we temporarily closed our red doors.
Knowing that cancer patients and their caregivers needed support and community more than ever before, we transitioned our programs and services to digital platforms. Our members join us for support in Zoom groups instead of meeting in our group rooms at the clubhouses. Additionally, Zoom and Facebook Live became our demonstration kitchen, our community room, Noogieland, and art room.
When we made the difficult, but necessary decision to cancel the Red Tie Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year, we knew that we wanted to replace it with a fun virtual event. We drew inspiration from one of our most popular virtual events: Art with Stacey: Coffee and Canvas Painting. Every Friday morning in June and July, Stacey Birst-Yates, Program Manager and Registered Art Therapist, joined members on Zoom to relax, unwind and create together – engaging in the healing power of art and community.
During this difficult time we decided everyone could benefit from a fun, relaxing evening! Thus, the idea for Paint the Canvas Red was born!