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SUPPORT FOR YOUR JOURNEY

Creative expression is more than just an outlet.

It’s a way for anyone touched by cancer to share hope.

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Lilly Oncology on Canvas

Since Lilly Oncology on Canvas (LOOC) began as an art competition in 2004, more than 4400 people have shared their stories through art and narrative. Over the years, we witnessed the impact of creative expression and the many ways in which participants used their art to connect with the larger community. This has inspired us to move beyond our original format in favor of a more inclusive experience, evolving from a competition to a cause.

We remain committed to our mission to give those affected by cancer an outlet to share their cancer journey through creative expression. To expand on this mission we are evolving the Oncology on Canvas® program so that art is no longer judged competitively but instead is used to help share the potential power of creative expression with anyone who has been impacted by cancer.

We encourage you to share your art and story with others through LOOC, so that together, we can continue to strive to provide hope and encouragement to those who need it. Share your story.

For general questions about LOOC, please see our FAQ. For other LOOC questions, please call 1-800-LillyRx (1-800-545-5979).

Connect today on social media or sign up to receive email updates on what's to come, stories of inspiration, and more.

Your art. Your story.

The impact of creative expression on people touched by cancer is just now being fully appreciated. In 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine published a review of 27 studies of more than 1500 people living with cancer that concluded art therapy has the potential to impact symptoms of pain, anxiety, and depression and overall quality of life.1

This year, millions of people will begin their cancer journey—millions more will care for them. With LOOC, we seek to help meet the need for emotional support beyond the medicine. We are committed to finding new ways that individuals may experience the power of creative expression. Explore your own creativity. It may express itself as a painting, a song, a quilt, or a poem—whatever inspires you. Chances are it could inspire others too.

REFERENCE:

1. Puetz TW, et al. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173:960-969.

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See how others have expressed their journey.

It’s never been easier to be inspired by the art and stories shared through Lilly Oncology on Canvas. You can search the online LOOC galleries by year, category, or art type. When you’re done, share your favorites and their messages of courage, hope, and humanity with others. Or download a PDF version of the LOOC educational book so you can take it with you wherever you go.

LOOC Educational Art Book
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This educational book displays selected entries that may contain partial or full nude depictions of the human body.

Share your art and story.

If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer, you have a story to tell, a story that can bring hope, inspiration, and courage to countless others who may find themselves overwhelmed by the challenges they face. You don’t have to be a professional artist to experience the power of creativity. Share your art and narrative today.

Ready to share your work?

Here’s what you need to get started:

Visual Arts

Visual arts includes oil, pastel, pencil, acrylic, photographs, fabric arts, sculpture—all art that is designed to be seen. The art you submit must be an original piece.
To upload:

  1. Make sure your artwork has a title.
  2. Create a narrative that tells us something about your art and why you created it. It could be about who or what inspired you, how it made you feel, or anything else you would care to share.
  3. While there's no specific length requirement for the narrative, keep in mind that if it is too long, some people may not read it. A good standard would be to keep it at about 125 words or less. Take a look at the narratives in the galleries to see what other people have done.
  4. For uploading, make sure you have a high-resolution photograph of your artwork saved as a JPEG or PNG. Here are some helpful tips for photographing your artwork:
    1. Use proper lighting
    2. Stabilize your camera
    3. Place your artwork on a level surface
    4. Ensure your artwork is not in a glass frame
    5. Turn off your camera's flash

Music

Music can be in the form of instrumentals, vocals, or both, and is submitted as a performance. The music you submit must be an original piece. More information about music and copyrights can be found at http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ50.pdf.
To upload:

  1. Make sure your music has a title. Note, if your song has lyrics, you will be asked to key them into the applicable field.
  2. Create a narrative that tells us something about your music and why you created it. It could be about who or what inspired you, how it made you feel, or anything else you would care to share.
  3. While there's no specific length requirement for the narrative, keep in mind that if it is too long, some people may not read it. A good standard would be to keep it at about 125 words or less. Take a look at the narratives in the galleries to see what other people have done.
  4. For uploading, have an audio file of your performance that is:
    1. an MP3 file of your music
    2. a high-resolution JPEG or PNG to represent your work if submitting a visual representation of your music

Poetry

Poetry can be in any poetic form or technique, but should be no more than 50 lines in length. The poetry you submit must be an original piece.
To upload:

  1. Make sure your poetry has a title.
  2. Create a narrative that tells us something about your poetry and why you created it. It could be about who or what inspired you, how it made you feel, or anything else you would care to share.
  3. While there's no specific length requirement for the narrative, keep in mind that if it is too long, some people may not read it. A good standard would be to keep it at about 125 words or less. Take a look at the narratives in the galleries to see what other people have done.
  4. To submit poetry
    1. your actual poem, by keying it into the applicable field
    2. an MP3 file if submitting audio
    3. a high-resolution JPEG or PNG to represent your work if submitting a visual representation of your poem
Get started

Click here to review the Official Submission Program Terms before getting started.