Arts foundation hopes workshops will get more young people to open up about cancer

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 March, 2010, 12:00am

In polite company, cancer is not usually a topic of conversation. But the Youth Arts Foundation wants more young people to talk openly about the often hushed-up disease.

With funding from Operation Santa Claus, the arts group is moving forward with a project to empower young adults who are either living with the illness or have (had) close family members who are.

Through a series of workshops due to begin this month, participants aged between 15 and 30 will be encouraged to interpret and explore their feelings about the disease though visual art forms, digital mediums or in good old-fashioned words.

One of the artists facilitating the project is Rae Leung Wai-hon (left) who has been living with the disease since 2007.

The results will be put on display at the end of the programme, hopefully to demystify the disease and promote more public awareness. The workshops are free but you do need to sign up and the deadline is tomorrow. We suggest you contact the foundation to let them know you or someone you know might have an interest. E-mail: cword@hkyaf.com or call 2877 2207.