Who We Are

Mission & History

Our mission is simple.  Arts • Empathy • Usher Syndrome (USH)

Arts for USH (formally Kidz b Kidz) is a non-profit that uses the Arts to create empathy in order to raise awareness and funding for Usher Syndrome (USH) to ultimately find a cure.

In 2008, Kidz b Kidz emerged with the recognition that every child has a story about overcoming obstacles whether it is an illness, a disability, emotional or environmental challenges, and that it is important to connect children to the concept of putting themselves in someone else’s shoes to truly understand another person’s life. At KbK Art Parties, kids learned that simply by drawing a picture, we can give a voice and feelings to our stories in order to create empathy. The artwork created was transformed into KbK Products with Purpose and sold out in the world to carry the message of empathy and fund Kidz b Kidz initiatives.

In 2012, two of co-founder Nancy Corderman’s children were diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Usher Syndrome (USH) and they are slowly losing their hearing and eyesight. USH is the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness.

Our Kidz b Kidz “story” is now about Usher Syndrome and we are changing our name to Arts for USH in recognition of our revised mission. Arts for USH is using photojournalism and drawing to create empathy for Usher syndrome with a goal of bringing USH to the forefront of rare disease awareness and research, so that we can ultimately find a cure.