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The Art for Arachnoiditis Project

Sheila Kalkbrenner

The Project Mission is to empower Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors via participation in the Arts as we promote connectivity, healing, and coping tools for Living With Arachnoiditis while increasing the scope of Arachnoiditis Awareness and Prevention. Started as a One-to-One Survivor Portrait Project(2014) and Growing into a Global Community for Creative Wellness; The Art For Arachnoiditis Project is an art, adaptability and empowerment project about living with spinal arachnoiditis. A charitable Creative Wellness Art project of SheilaLynnK Art Studio; it is intended to send an empowering message for change to: arachnoiditis survivors & their support networks, persons living with chronic pain, administrative bodies governing medical policies resulting in adverse outcomes, professionals teaching/administering healing through art, employers who must accommodate arachnoiditis in the work place, and other artists with "disabilities".


READ the March 2017 Quarterly Newsletter

Call for Art By Arachnoiditis Survivors


  • Survivors can still sign up for theAlbum of the Survivor HERE & Map of the Survivors HERE .The Map of the Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors Registered at The Art For Arachnoiditis Project is Live At Google Maps HERE. 
  • Soul Place Photo Art Entries by Arachnoiditis Survivors are being accepted from Sep 25th to Nov January 31, 2017. There is no fee to enter this category. Find out more about that HERE.
  • Hope Cards for Arachnoiditis Survivors from anyone who would like to encourage an arachnoiditis Survivor on a path to Independent Sustainable Wellness are being accepted from Oct 1st to Nov 10th 2016. There is no fee to enter this category. Find out more about that HERE.

All other entries must be submitted with the 2016-2017 Registration Form and $5 Registration Fee. Entries will be accepted from November 1, 2016 – April 9, 2017. 

The 2016-2017 Registration Form Will be Posted Here after October 1, 2016.

Call for Entries Soul Place Photos

YEAR 3 brings hopes of a FREE, EIGHT WEEK Online Creative Wellness Program for Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors. FUNDRAISING TARGET FOR Year 3  $18, 189.69~ to make this happen. 

Why this amount? Because I want to keep up with my intention to do this project justice...to do it right...and to facilitate an environment for healing which allows us to develop Sustainable Independent Wellness. Quality service requires adequate resources. The most recent draft copy of the Fiscal Summary is attached to this Patreon Post as a pdf for your review.  

New to the project? Visit THE PROJECT PAGE to see what this is all about. 

At the risk of over-simplifying... Arachnoiditis is a spinal cord injury caused by the neurotoxins in spinal injections and invasive spinal procedures.READ  MORE ABOUT ARACHNOIDITIS

To minimize the cost to the Arachnoditis Survivors for shipping, insurance, and other usual exhibition expenses; There IS a $5 registration fee for the Survivors' Art Exhibit to assist with the cost of  making prints and processing digital entries for display. Other than that one annual exhibit fee; All Spinal Arachnoditis Survivors registered receive Project Benefits for FREE since the project began. 

 In addition to providing our Survivors' Art Exhibit featuring Art by Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors from around the world, Providing Existing Independent Publication Services for Survivors who would like to tell their side of the story, and maintaining the FREE Healing Art Activities and Resources on the Website for Survivors;  (with adequate funding) a portion of these funds will be used to Provide an Eight Week Online Creative Wellness Program to 15 Arachnoiditis Survivors.  AFTER we achieve this funding goal; The class will be offered FREE to the first Fifteen Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors who sign up.  

The project is supported by Me, Generous Sponsors, and by Private Funding from people like You. 

Support the Project when you make your tax deductible contribution here at NYFA or








Survivors develop a Creative Voice About the Outcomes of Patient Harm as they pursue a path to Creative Wellness at artforarachnoiditis.org. This video features Art by the Arachnoiditis Survivors and the YEAR 2 Survivors' Song Entry, "Needles," by Brock Babcock, husband of Arachnoiditis Survivor Michelle Babcock. 

The 2015-2016 Cycle will continue to include Art By Survivors in all genres, the exhibit will travel to other locations.Survivors who submitted entries for the YEAR 2 Exhibit were entered for a chance to win an Arachnoiditis Survivor Portrait package. 

Survivor Portrait Recipients

Art For Arachnoiditis YEAR 2 Survivors' Exhibit Poster


INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING PROJECTS BY SURVIVORS The Art For Arachnoiditis Project YEAR 2 Budget includes ISBNs Fees for Independent Publication for Arachnoiditis Survivors. We can get 10 ISBNs for $295

  1. "How to trust your doctor (a.k.a. “Any Medical Practitioner”) after a medical injury." {An Independent Publication of the Art For Arachnoiditis Project} pdf Available Now
  2. Completed and Ready for an ISBN

The Project is Expanding to Include a Hands-On Creative Wellness On-site and E-Course Component. Survivors are invited to share their results (*optional) in our online gallery and during Survivors' Art Exhibits Open to the Public. 


Using Art to Empower and Provide Healing Support & Connections For Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors this Charitable Creative Wellness Art Project created by Sheila at SheilaLynnK Art Studio began as a one-to-one Survivor portrait project and Has since expanded to serve Arachnoiditis Survivors around the world.
By Invitation, The First Exhibit featuring Art By Survivors, traveled Upstate New York from April to December 2015, as part of the Artist Among Us Touring Art Program. "Artists Among Us" is a touring art program created by the Fountain Arts Center, Belmont, NY. The Artis Among Us program is funded in part by the New York State Council On The Arts Decentralization ReGrant Program with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature administered through the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. 

This video features art by spinal arachnoiditis survivors and the FIRST Song Entry (at the 2:45mark) for the project's YEAR 2 Survivors' Song Search. VOTING BEGINS after all entries are received. Deadline Feb. 15, 2016

(This video was made possible by SheilaLynnK Art Studio Patreon Patrons.)

LIMITED LIBERTY INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION ~To Include Survivors from Near and Far, Names of ALL registered Arachnoiditis Survivors, including those registered for the Map of the Survivors, were inserted into prescription bottles and suspended throughout the exhibit at assorted heights to simultaneously illustrate the limitations placed upon us by the medical injury, the freedom/impairment dichotomy that comes with prescription medication for pain management, and OUR DETERMINATION TO COME TOGETHER ANYWAY.

The Art For Arachnoiditis Project websiteartforarachnoiditis.org - Served 93 Countries in 2015. It is dedicated to art and healing which targets the needs of arachnoiditis survivors. Survivors also connect via the affiliated Facebook page. The Website displays original healing art by Arachnoiditis Survivors, encourages healing through assorted art or creative practices used in ancient and modern art therapy applications, provides methods for arachnoidits survivors to document survival and adaptation through the arts, establishes a venue to publicize arachnoidtis awareness/prevention events using original art by Arachnoiditis Survivors, and works to supply credible resources for survivors.


The Map of Arachnoiditis Survivors View the live google Map of Spinal Adhesive Arachnoiditis Survivors Registered at the Art For Arachnoiditis Project 

Map of Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors Registered at the Art For Arachnoiditis Project

Preview the Art By Arachnoiditis Survivors Coffee Table Art Book

The Art By Survivors Art Book is available now. 

The Art + Adaptability = Healing A FREE presentation from the Art For Arachnoiditis Project 


Independent Adaptive Art Activity Offered at the year 1 Opening Reception 

This Independent Adaptive Art Activity at artforarachnoiditis.org was designed to demonstrate a method to accommodate Spinal Arachnoiditis in the workplace/Art Studio. Spinal injuries vary. Always consult your trusted physician when selecting an adaptive device.

Still Standing Sometimes The Arachnoiditis Survivor Story ~available to the public as funding permits.

Arachnoiditis In Real Life (Digital Photography Series Documenting Permanent Injury and Adaptability)

The Arachnoiditis Survivor Portrait Project Arachnoiditis Survivors' Conceptual Portrait Series





Creative Pain Management Assessment and Activity Book for use in Creative Wellness Activities