Emma’s Art Kits


Emma’s Art Kits was created by 16-year-old Emma Stumpf who has been fighting brain cancer since the age of 7.  During her many stays at the hospital, she found art as a way to express how she felt during her cancer journey.  Between surgical procedures and treatments, there were days when Emma was too sick or vulnerable to leave her bed to visit the art room in the hospital.  It was then that she developed the idea to ensure that all kids who were sick had an art kit right in the hospital room with them, and with the assistance of her school art teacher, Emma’s Art Kits were created.

The first few years resulted in some amazing work at Riley Hospital for Children where nearly 1,000 kits had been delivered to children within the hospital.  With the recognition gained from her great work, Emma was nominated for and awarded a local Jefferson Award, and then subsequently awarded the national Jefferson Award given to ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.  As a part of her award, the Jefferson Awards Foundation supported her efforts for a period of one year and throughout 2017, Emma’s Art Kits were distributed to 13 hospitals across the United States.

To date Emma’s Art Kits are now being distributed in Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in addition to Riley Hospital for Children, with plans to begin distribution within Eskenazi Health, Community Health Network, Franciscan Health and Hendricks Regional Health in 2018.  In the following years to come, it is Cancer Support Community’s vision to expand the reach even further and implement Emma’s Art Kits nationwide.


Join in Emma’s vision by donating art supplies.  Emma’s Art Kits come in a variety of types and include a several different art mediums.  Visit the Emma’s Art Kits Amazon Wish List to purchase approved supplies.


Children’s Coloring Kits

  • Coloring Books (8.5×11 in size, minimum of 50 pages)
  • Crayons

Children’s Painting Kits

  • Non-toxic Watercolor Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Watercolor Paper Pads (8.5×11 in size or smaller)

Children’s Drawing Kits

  • Non-toxic Markers or Color Pencils
  • Drawing Paper Pads (8.5×11 in size or smaller)
  • Stencils or Stickers

Children’s Playdough Kits

  • Non-toxic Playdough
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Plastic Cutting Boards (8.5×11 in size or smaller)


Adult Watercolor Kits

  • Watercolor Paint Set or Color Pencil Set
  • Watercolor Paper Pads (8.5×11 in size or smaller)

Adult Drawing Kits

  • Drawing Pencils
  • Drawing Paper Pads or Sketch Paper (8.5×11 in size or smaller)

Adult Coloring Kits

  • Adult Coloring Books (8.5×11 in size or smaller)
  • Color Pencils

Adult Painting Kits

  • Acrylic Paint Set
  • Paintbrushes
  • Flat Canvases (5×7 in size)

Volunteer to assemble kits.  Do you have a group that is looking for a meaningful volunteer project?  Opportunities to assemble Emma’s Art Kits are available.  Contact Faith Griffaw at 317-499-3083 for more information.

Give.  You can help support Emma’s Art Kits by making a monetary donation by clicking HERE.


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