The Figge’s Virtual Museum is available online.

Living Proof Exhibit, a Quad-Cities non-profit that provides the therapeutic benefits of the arts to people touched by cancer, has gathered its arts partners together to provide a virtual escape for those affected by the disease.

Pamela Crouch is executive director of Living Proof Exhibit.

“Due to the pandemic, we aren’t able to get volunteers into the hospitals to support people undergoing cancer treatments,” said Pamela Crouch, executive director of Living Proof Exhibit. “Instead, we’ve created a bookmark with a QR code that will take patients to virtual programming from us and our arts partners.”

“The bookmarks are super easy to use,” said Crouch. “All you have to do is open the camera app on your smartphone and center the QR code on the screen. That’s it!”

“With an iPhone, it’s super simple,” she said Friday, noting you can also use a QR code app to capture it. The Living Brook bookmark has the QR code on the back, and uses artwork by Tara Moorman, a Cedar Rapids cancer survivor who has often exhibited with Living Proof.

The QR code leads to a page on Living Proof Exhibit’s website – livingproofexhibit.org/virtual — where visitors will find links to virtual programming from the Figge Art Museum, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, as well as Living Proof Exhibit’s YouTube channel.

There is also a link to a virtual tour of the Quad City Botanical Center, which hosts several of Living Proof Exhibit’s Creative Sessions.

The Living Proof virtual page says:

The front of the Living Proof bookmark, with art by Tara Moorman, a Cedar Rapids cancer survivor.

“Take a virtual tour of art created by cancer survivors, listen to music performed by a Living Proof Exhibit board member, watch one of our creative sessions and learn a new art medium, or learn how to use Haiku to reduce stress on the Living Proof Exhibit YouTube Channel. 

“Above all, breathe. Remember that we are here to help you find ways to reduce the stress associated with a cancer diagnosis.”

“The Figge Art Museum is proud to be a supporting partner of Living Proof Exhibit as it continues to provide hope and healing to our community through the arts, especially during a time when the arts are needed more than ever,” said Melissa Mohr,

The back of the bookmark, with a QR code to access online virtual arts programming.

director of education at the Figge.

“We are thrilled to share the power of music to provide hope and healing through Living Proof Exhibit’s bookmark project,” said Brian Baxter, executive director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Ami Porter, executive director of the Quad City Botanical Center, said: “We are honored to partner with Living Proof Exhibit to connect people in need to the calming, restorative influence that plants and nature can provide.”

The front of the bookmark includes a quote from a cancer survivor – “Art is a way of escape, of going to a place where there is no cancer.”

These bookmarks will be available at the UnityPoint Health and Genesis cancer centers as well as at the Figge (225 W. 2nd St., Davenport), Quad City Symphony Orchestra (327 Brady St., Davenport), Quad City Botanical Center (2525 4th Ave., Rock Island), and other Q-C locations.

Businesses are encouraged to contact Living Proof Exhibit if they would like to distribute the bookmarks at their location. For more information about Living Proof Exhibit’s free arts programming, visit livingproofexhibit.org. For questions, e-mail livingproofexhibit@gmail.com.

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Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.