About The Antonia J. Giallourakis Endowed Fund in Art Therapy for Children with Cancer
To follow up our initial post, which explained what Opus One Studios does, it seems only fitting that our second post describes one of the “Worthy Causes” one of our “Creative Products” is supporting.
We are proud to say that our “The Legend of Ranger: The Reindeer Who Couldn’t Fly” project has just gotten off the ground (pardon the pun). This Christmas story contains a heartening and inspirational message about the power of believing in yourself no matter what challenges lie ahead.
To truly embody the spirit of love and charity during the holiday season, we have chosen The Antonia J. Giallourakis Endowed Fund in Art Therapy for Children with Cancer as the recipient of all of the proceeds from “The Legend of Ranger.”
About Antonia J. Giallourakis
“The power of visual images has had a profound impact on me as a three-time cancer survivor, artist and teacher.”– Antonia J. Giallourakis, 1944-2004
Antonia Giallourakis was a dedicated reading language arts, and art teacher who utilized her many skills as an accomplished author and illustrator of several educational publications. As an artist, Antonia experimented with numerous media and even ventured into iconography while studying for her Master of Fine Arts. Her icons can still be found in private collections throughout Europe.
Antonia’s motivation for founding the Children’s Art For Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc., came after her own cancer diagnosis. She decided to use her passion for working with children and the visual arts to help others.
Her legacy continues in the foundation she founded and now in the Antonia J. Giallourakis Endowed Fund in Art Therapy for Children with Cancer at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center (MGHfC).
Art Therapy at MGHfC Cancer Center
Unlike other art therapy programs, Mass General is unique for it is has a trained art therapist who provides services to both children and their families. The art therapist offers emotional support as patients and families express themselves creatively. At times, this can lead to the unearthing of emotions related to experiences with illness.
Creative expression can help younger cancer patients better cope with their illness by reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing side effects of their treatment and disease, encouraging movement and providing an outlet to express their feelings.
Art therapy uses various forms of art-making including painting, collage and clay, as well as poetry and journaling, in a supportive setting to facilitate creative self-expression that is healing and life-enhancing.
It goes without saying that The Antonia J. Giallourakis Endowed Fund is the ideal beneficiary for the proceeds from our book and the other Ranger products as well. We could think of no charity that embodies our message more than this one.
Just like Ranger needing guidance from his elf friends, these children need The Antonia J. Giallourakis fund to allow them to understand the power of believing in yourself no matter what challenges lie ahead.
Our goal for this book is to not only enrich your holidays with an inspirational message, but to pass along the spirit of charity along the way. We ask you to please help support this worthy cause by contributing to our Ranger Project.
For more information about our Ranger project, click the link below: