Creative Arts Group

One popular coping technique for managing pain is creative art. The Creative Arts group provides a compassionate space for individuals to participate in instructed activities. (Check below for the activity of the month and supplies needed!)

Pain Connection is a support group program of the U.S. Pain Foundation. All support groups leaders have gone through our training program, where they learn to guide productive, compassionate discussions amongst participants. They are also trained in helpful techniques, like meditation, breathing exercises, guided imagery, decision-making models, role-playing, assertiveness skills, and more.

Groups meet via Zoom Meetings. To register please fill out the form on this page and an email confirmation will be sent to you with a zoom link. 

If you have questions about our support groups, or are interested in starting one in your area, please reach out at

May 2024 Theme: Acrylic Painting

Acrylic paint is a versatile type of paint that dries quickly. It can be diluted with water to create a watercolor effect, or mixed with a gel medium to create a textured impasto look. This makes it an excellent choice for artists who want to experiment with different styles and techniques.

What You Need:

  • Canvas or thick paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • …you can also use watercolor, markers, or crayons
    June 2024 - Make a Pillowcase

    Let’s make a personalized pillowcase!

    Supplies needed include:

    • Fabric of your choice (about 2 yards)
    • Thread
    • Needle
    • Scissors

    *To request fabric be mailed to you, please let Kate know before May 15th via*

    July 2024 - Project information coming soon!

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    August 2024 - Basic Cartooning

    Come learn how to create your own cartoon, using some of the five key elements of cartooning: irony, exaggeration, analogy symbolism and labeling.

    Supplies needed include:

    • Paper
    • Drawing utensils (pencils, pens, crayons, etc.)
    September 2024 - Project information coming soon!

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    October 2024 - Project information coming soon!

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    November 2024 - Project information coming soon!

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    December 2024 - Project information coming soon!

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    Creative Arts Group

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    Days: Last Thursday of the month
    Time: 7-8pm ET
    Contact: Kate Benson at

    Waiver and Release*
    Please scroll through entire waiver and read before confirming you are over the age of 18 and accept its terms.

    By registering for a support group, I acknowledge that I have agreed to participate in a Chronic Pain Support Group (“support group”) organized by Pain Connection, a program of U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. I understand that the support group will include discussion of healthcare, work and family issues and the management of chronic pain and that the level of my participation in this support group and any group activities must be determined by me, in consultation with my physician or other qualified healthcare provider. I further understand that the support group leaders are volunteers and people with pain who have undergone training with U.S Pain Foundation, Inc. and that they may not be physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists or other trained healthcare professionals. The support groups are provided for education and support - they are not therapy groups. U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, but does not advocate any one particular treatment for any one type of pain.

    I acknowledge that the support group leaders and/or U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc., by making this support group available, are not undertaking any responsibility regarding my medical condition(s). If I feel that my medical condition(s) are adversely affected by my participation in the support group, I understand that it is my responsibility to discontinue participation and to immediately consult with my healthcare provider about continuing or resuming participation.

    I agree that all information obtained in the support group is to be considered confidential and I shall hold the same in confidence, shall not disclose, publish or otherwise reveal any of the confidential information received from any participants in the support group and/or U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. to any other party whatsoever.

    All the provisions of this release and waiver shall also apply to a support group conducted by video and/or telephone-conferencing, which may be less secure than in-person support groups, and I fully understand the nature and extent of the potential risks involved with participation in a support group using these forms of electronic media. I agree not to make any type of recording (audio and/or video) of the support group.

    I hereby, on behalf of myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, assume the risks associated with participation in the support group and release, indemnify and hold harmless the support group leaders, U.S. Pain Foundation, Inc. and it’s agents, officers, members, volunteers and employees from any and all claims, demands, for personal injuries, costs, expenses, and any other loss to person or property arising out of or resulting from my participation in the support group.

    I have read this waiver and release and confirm that I am aged eighteen or over. I have been given the opportunity to ask any questions and I fully understand and agree to the above.

    For a hard copy of this waiver please visit Click Here.

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