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The Moon Balloon Project®
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The Project is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization based in Massachusetts dedicated to helping children and caregivers communicate through the arts. The Project originated as a result of the many positive responses received from people all over the world who have experienced the book, workshops and trainings since its founding in 2004.


The Moon Balloon Project® is dedicated to helping children and families, however defined, to communicate and embrace the wholeness of life through images.


To unite humanity, sharing joy, sadness and hope across the world. Art is the bridge.


• We donate books and services directly to communities
• Through hospitals, hospice, and community organizations that serve children
• From professionals and volunteers we have trained in Moon Balloon techniques
• People purchase the book on our website
• At professional conferences, workshops and presentations
• Through referrals from people who know a family in need
• As personal gifts from individuals like you.
Joan Drescher has explored how art heals the body, mind and spirit for more than twenty years. Her unique and colorful murals answer the need to humanize the healthcare environment and are found in major hospitals throughout the US and Canada. As Artist in Residence at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Joan brought light and reassurance to the bedside of hundreds of hospitalized children and their families. She is the author/illustrator of the Moon Balloon book and the Director of the non-profit Moon Balloon Project®, Building Healing Bridges for Children Through the Arts in Medicine. Author/illustrator of twenty-five children's books, she is a fellow at the Institute for Body, Mind and Spirituality at Lesley University. Joan formerly was the Artist in Residence at the Claritas Institute for Inter-spiritual Inquiry in Boulder, Colorado, and on the Board of the Society for the arts in Healthcare.

To learn more about Joan Drescher, visit her site:
Susan Bayley , Moon Balloon Creative Associate, is a communications professional with more than three decades of experience in graphic design, illustration, writing, editing, and marketing. Since 2000 she has increasingly focused on healthcare and the arts. Susan is Creative Integrator for Colors In Motion, providing original dynamic digital artworks for healthcare and public spaces. Susan holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in Technical Illustration and Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Liz Ennis , former Co-Director of The Moon Balloon Project®,
is currently traveling and pursuing her intrest in deepening the connection to self and others. Liz holds a Master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. She is a member of
the Society for Arts in Healthcare, the American Art Therapy Association, and the International Expressive Arts Association.
The work of The Moon Balloon Project® is made possible in part through the generous support of the
Ron & Tia Moir Charitable Trust.
Photos ©Denise Michel Photography LLC, unless otherwise indicated