Art for Arthritis

Local kids with arthritis create works auctioned off at Art for Arthritis, a fundraiser benefitting Arthritis Foundation Kansas City.

Last year’s Art for Arthritis event. Photo via Arthritis Foundation Kansas City’s Facebook page.

Most people don’t think about children having arthritis, but more than 3,000 children in the Kansas City and Western Missouri area have some form of this painful disease. Art for Arthritis teams 14 local children affected by juvenile arthritis with local artists to spend a summer together creating unique pieces of artwork.

The artwork is auctioned off at the gala fundraising event 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at The Gallery in order to raise money for nationwide arthritis research, as well as local programs and services. The evening includes drinks, heavy appetizers, a silent auction and an exciting live auction featuring the artwork the children and artists have created together.

The event, however, is much more than a fundraiser. Art for Arthritis empowers children and encourages them to work together to fight arthritis and exposes children to alternative forms of expression granting them access to the Kansas City arts community.

Learn more about Art for Arthritis, make a donation or purchases tickets ($75) online here.