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 Well Beings Studio creates arts-based resources and experiences to support the emotional well being & open communication of children, youth and families going through cancer, other traumas and hardships. 

Free Virtual Creative Arts Workshops

“Feel the Glow” Family Dance Party / Monthly Drop In

“Recipes for Connection” Family Art / Weekly Drop In

“Amplify Your Voice” Teen Zine / Weekly 5-Session

WORKSHOPS START THIS OCTOBER 2020!

Latest Blog

Talking about Grief and Loss with Children

On Friday, September 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at 87 of metastatic pancreatic cancer. In her rich life as a legal activist for gender and women's rights, she dealt with multiple cancer diagnoses and treatments as well as other difficult health...

Talking with Children about Cancer

"I've got to get up and go to work." Chadwick Boseman speaks about knowing two boys with terminal cancer, who said they would stay alive until Black Panther was released. "When I found out that they… It means a lot." https://youtu.be/6J-D86wfxiE Boseman's privacy...

What can we do as a family? Heal.

Healing during and after cancer treatment takes time, sometimes more time than we hoped or expected. Sometimes we are healing from the loss of the life before cancer. Sometimes we are healing from the loss of our loved one to the disease. The National Cancer Institute...

What can we do as a family? Create.

Being creative help the whole family during cancer. Making art and music, moving and dancing, singing and playing all lower anxiety and depression, which often accompany diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Being creative can be a positive distraction or a way to...

What can we do as a family? Feel.

We have a range of emotions during cancer. Sometimes it is hard to identify what we are feeling. Sometimes we feel more than one emotion. Talking about emotions helps. Working through our feelings creatively helps too. Here are some Well Beings Studio resources for...

What can we do as a family? Read.

Reading is a powerful tool for family togetherness and memory making during cancer. We can learn coping strategies, ask questions and talk about emotions through stories. Sharing stories about families impacted by cancer will help children and teens see themselves and...

Making Art about What Matters to Us

Everyone has a story. Many stories. Often our stories emerge from pain or struggle. Storytelling helps us make sense of a swirl of emotions, a cloud of thoughts. Breaking silence about a story we struggle with brings relief. Sometimes we tell stories that directly...

Back to School: Emotional Well Being and Masks We Wear

Since elementary school, my teachers and parents praised me for my enthusiasm and hard work. By senior year, I had learned to equate performance with self-worth. I believed as long as I kept working, never stopped, was as close to perfect as I could be, and wore a...

Ash and Feather: Living with Brain Tumors and Cancer

Today is Glioblastoma (GBM) Awareness Day "Every day, a doctor walks into an exam room and tells a patient that they have been diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM). A patient learns that GBM is the most common, complex, treatment-resistant, and deadliest type of brain...

Monster in Me! Music and Dance for Wellness

There once was a little green monster who used magic to help people, when they became very sick. The little green monster wrapped a special spell around people with cancer. He knew that sometimes life could be hard. So, the little green monster brought us under his...

SAVE THE DATE! Ash and Feather Podcast and Fundraiser

In support Minority Health Awareness Month this July. Well Beings Studio is hosting a fundraiser to raise awareness about minority mental health, intersecting with medical trauma, anti-racism, and queer family life. The fundraiser will support our family-centered...

WBS Becomes Community Initiative of OneOC

OneOC is now our fiscal sponsor! Our new EIN# 95-2021700 501c-3 donation platform coming soon! Thank you all for your support.

FREE Virtual Dance Camp

In Collaboration with Active Learning USA, Well Beings Studiobrings a FREE dance camp. Move with us to songs about feelings.Dancers will receive a FREE book, baseball hat, t-shirt, and littlemonster friend stuffy and be featured on You Tube. July 6-31, Monday,...

Anti-racist Parenting and Teaching is Emotional Well-being

"I am a young black man, doing all that I can to stand... I just want to live." --12 year old Keedron Bryant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arYjPsqlk4I I listen to Keedron as a parent, teacher, and white person in the United States. I am haunted. I work to be...

Racism Is a Public Health Emergency

Thank you to Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins for this assertion and your leadership in the wake of George Floyd's death at the knee of a police officer this week, on May 25, 2020. [Note: This post contains discussion about racist violence.] I...

The Power of Music: For Children and Families during COVID-19

Listen, she said. You will feel better Mommy. She wove a tapestry of music around me, filled the air with light and sound, joyful this moment, melancholy the next. She allowed time to pass. Fingers move along the range of possibilities. She didn’t wonder if it was...

Making Cancer Magic during COVID-19

What happens when someone you love is diagnosed with cancer? The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! by breast cancer survivor and parent, Sharon Frances (formerly Chappell), helps families talk about cancer, diagnosis, treatment and the feelings that accompany the...

Mothering and Writing through Cancer

This Mother’s Day, I think about all the ordinary women doing extraordinary things for their family and themselves. For me, it is a time to acknowledge firsts: the first being divorced, the first with all cancer treatments done, the first pandemic, the first home...

Space Exploration: Braving Big Questions through the Arts

I snap my fingers in moon cast shadows on my smooth head. The contours shape me and peel my layers back. My remaining hair falls carelessly into my hands. I sway in starlight as the strands whisk away. I learn to look. My body does not equal disease. I snap my fingers...

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