“We know what we are but know not what we may be.”
People who have received a cancer diagnosis (40% of the American population at some time in their lives) are undergoing a blow to their mental and emotional stability unlike any other. And yet, as Dr. Nancy E. Adler says in Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, “Both patients and providers tell us that attention to psychosocial health needs is the exception rather than the rule in oncology practice today.” Recognizing that need, Kentucky Shakespeare has launched multiple programs serving those affected by cancer at Norton Cancer Institute and Gilda’s Club.
Kentucky Shakespeare’s work with these groups provides a safe place for creative and emotional expression, resulting in an environment of learning, teamwork, and, most importantly, community.
Current programs at Norton Cancer Institute:
- Children patient and caregivers support group
- Hip Hop Shakespeare/Teen Beats
Current Programs at Gilda’s Club:
- pop-up performances of our Two-Actor Twelfth Night
- Camp Shakespeare at Gilda’s
- Weekly drama program for adults
These programs are made possible through the generosity of ArtsMatch donors and matching funds from LG&E/KU in partnership with the Fund for the Arts.