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The Arts Resources

for the East Bay (Contra Costa & Alameda Counties) and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Visual Aid: Keeping Art Alive

Visual Aid encourages artists with life-threatening illnesses to continue their creative work  through  several programs and services:


Each year, Visual Aid distributes up to $25-$50,000 worth of art supplies to our artist grantees through generous donations from retail stores, manufacturers and individuals. Art supplies such as oil paint, canvas, brushes, etc. are purchased by Visual Aid to supply the ArtBank with basic necessities.

Voucher Program

Since its founding, Visual Aid has awarded over a quarter of a million dollars in art supplies to Grantees through this program. Member artists can apply for grants in the form of vouchers twice each year. Vouchers are redeemable at over 70 framers, digital labs, sculpture, art and photography supply stores throughout the Bay Area.

Career Resources

The Visual Aid staff is available to assist Grantees with career management, including advice on resume writing and grant proposals.  Internet access, and a wide variety of art, health and career publications are available in our Resource Center.

Art Exhibitions

Visual Aid presents 14-16 shows each year through its Exhibition Program. Grantees have the opportunity to present their artwork to thousands of Bay Area residents and visitors, and these exhibitions also enable Visual Aid to reach out to a broader community. Visual Aid staff and a volunteer X-Team curate, organize and install exhibitions at museums, galleries and other traditional and non-traditional art spaces. Exhibitions and artists receptions are free and open to the public.

Workshops & Lectures

Visual Aid holds artists' talks, walk-through tours of exhibitions, and workshops and lectures covering a wide range of educational and practical topics. All are free and open to the general public.


Visual Aid maintains slide archives, which provides a record of the artwork of all Grantees.  These archives are used by our Grantees and exhibition committee and available to curators, art historians.

Educational Outreach

Through slide lectures and tours for college and university students, presentations by staff and Grantees to art schools, universities, church groups and K-12 students, this program fosters a continuing interest and engagement in arts education and promotes a dialogue about art and illness.

For more information, or to apply, go to: www.visualaid.org

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