Ziggy’s Art Bus

What We Do


art for kids with life-limiting & serious illness


“We love hard and we make memories.”

In this video founder Gina Zaffarano talks about the inspiration behind Ziggy’s Art Bus and how we are working with like-minded organizations to bring a moment of joy to children, like Bella, who are dealing with with serious illnesses and their families.
(video by
John McCally)

Inspired by the challenges of supporting a child with a chronic or life-limiting illness, founder Gina Zaffarano, envisioned a space where children could create a memory-making art gift for their family to cherish.

Ziggy’s Art Bus is the dream realized. It is an accessible, mobile art experience for children in palliative care. Ziggy’s provides children who have life-limiting and serious illnesses with free guided art experiences.  The Art Bus offers a variety of mediums — whether drawing, painting or molding clay — to children and their families in a safe, supportive environment. Ziggy’s offers these children relief, normalcy, empowerment, and an opportunity to express themselves beyond the daily challenges they face.

The Vision

Ziggy’s Art Bus began its journey serving the children and families at Ronald McDonald House and Crescent Cove. As needs are determined, we plan to expand Ziggy’s services to families in the greater Twin Cities via home visits. It is our goal that Ziggy’s Art Bus is easily accessible to those who need it most: children navigating their illness and their families.

In this video Emily Gold explains the importance of art in her daughter’s life and how Ziggy’s Art Bus will benefit children like Lizzie.
(video by
John McCally)

The Need

The demands of caring for a child with a life-limiting or serious illness are monumental, and pediatric respite and hospice centers are virtually non-existent in the United States. In Minnesota, Crescent Cove is the only option beyond the hospital or home environment for pediatric end-of-life-care, offering inspiration and support in our early days as a non-profit. After interviewing many families with children in palliative and hospice care, the need for Ziggy’s Art Bus was realized. Emily Gold, mother of seven-year old Lizzie, put it this way, “We love hard and we make memories.”

Ziggy’s Art Bus is the inaugural program of Project Imprintz, LLC, an organization devoted to providing creative and expressive outlets for children with serious or life-limiting illnesses. We are honored to have Propel Nonprofits as our Fiscal Sponsor. Propel Nonprofits is a registered 501(c)3 organization handling financial matters for Project Imprintz, LLC and Ziggy’s Art Bus.


Our Mission

Ziggy’s Art Bus is a mobile art experience serving children with life-limiting and serious illnesses by providing a fun, creative outlet and an opportunity to create a memory-making experience for the children and their families.


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Get Involved

Let’s Keep this rolling!

Join us in keeping Ziggy’s Art Bus on the road. Initial fundraising focused on the purchase and outfitting of the mobile art studio, and has moved into sustaining the delivery and support of services to children and their families. Get on board and donate online now. Contact us directly with any questions, or to learn how you can assist Ziggy’s team for kids who have life-limiting and serious illnesses. 

Ziggy’s Art Bus is the inaugural project of Project Imprintz, LLC. We are honored to have Propel Nonprofits as our Fiscal Sponsor. Propel is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit handling financial matters for Project Imprintz., LLC and Ziggy’s Art Bus.


Make a Donation

Get on board and make a donation using this secure online form. Thank you!

Get In Touch

Contact us directly with any questions, or learn how you can assist Ziggy’s team for kids with life-limiting and serious illnesses.


Project Imprintz accepts tax deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor, Propel Nonprofits. Propel Nonprofits is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 41-1916337. No goods or services are provided in exchange for this contribution.


a small space, but big things are going on inside

June 18, 2019 | “There’s a mobile art studio cruising around town, bringing sick children and their families a chance to get away from it all. It’s called Ziggy’s Art Bus, and the concept rolled into the Twin Cities metro just a few months ago. It may be a small space, but big things are going on inside.” Watch Fox 9 — Ziggy’s Art Bus brings color to families of sick children.


All Aboard Ziggy’s Art Bus

May 24, 2019 | Facilitating normal, fun experiences is the goal of Ziggy’s Art Bus, and the volunteers are enjoying it just as much as the children they serve. Meet some of Ziggy’s volunteers and learn about our work with the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis via the Southwest Journal.


This is why we do what we do

May 15, 2019 | Our friends and partners at Crescent Cove are the third home in the country to dedicate end-of-life care to children and their families. Learn more about Crescent Cove’s mission, powerful work and the community they serve via The New York Times.



April 12, 2019 | Read how Ziggy’s Art Bus got its start helping Twin Cities children dealing with significant health problems in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Off We Go!

March 12, 2019 | We are en route to our FIRST day at Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest! From here on out, we’ll be serving the children and families at Ronald McDonald House every Tuesday! Stay tuned for photos of our completed bus, art projects + a whole lotta joy.


Sneak Peek at Ziggy’s Art Bus

February 8, 2019 | We are overwhelmed with gratitude to share this first glimpse of Ziggy’s Art Bus with you! Many thanks to John McCally for snapping these beautiful photos of Ziggy’s Art Bus while it is being created by Street Factory Media! We can't wait to reveal the final bus in just a few short weeks!


How art helps children like Lizzie & her family

January 13, 2019 | Please meet Emily, who tells the story about why art has been so important in the life of her daughter Lizzie. Watch the video and learn how Ziggy’s Art Bus will benefit children like Lizzie and her family.


bus transformed into a mobile art studio!

December 14, 2018 | So happy to announce that our bus has been sent off to our fabrication team at Street Factory Media due to the generosity of some unexpected donors who have supported our vision! The beginning of 2019 will be very busy — and very exciting — as we anticipate the delivery of our completed bus, our grand opening in February and the beginning of our journey to serve up some love and memory making to the families and children in the pediatric palliative care and hospice community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our growth and development will continue for years to come!


Talent & Generosity

November 25, 2018 | The Hair District Collective Excelsior and Grand, in St. Louis Park, held its fourth annual Beyond the Chair Artisans’ Boutique. We all know and love our stylists for their hair expertise, but Beyond the Chair showcases their many other talents. This year’s event included handmade jewelry, pillows, candles, jams, clothing, paintings, and so much more. Ten percent of the artisans’ proceeds equaling $1000 was donated to Ziggy’s Art Bus. Thank you to all the artisans for their generosity, and to Suzanne Huber for her tremendous work organizing the event!


art auction & fundraiser

October 25, 2018 | We are grinning with immense appreciation after a successful Art Auction and Fundraiser for Ziggy’s Art Bus! To all who attended the event: thank you for your financial support. Though we’re closer than ever to getting our services into the lives of families and children who need them most, we are only $10k away from bringing Ziggy’s Art Bus to life! With your help, we can transform Ziggy’s Art Bus into an art studio and a place of creative respite. Thank you!

If you were unable to attend but wished to, please help us get Ziggy’s on the road by sharing our story + donating online.


open house for our new bus

September 9, 2018 | Ziggy’s Art Bus hosted a social hour at Sunnyside Gardens where guests could check out our brand new bus and meet our founder, Gina. Live music was provided by 612live, The Tin Fish food truck filled tummies, and Sunnyside’s plant care experts were on hand to help guests at the houseplant potting bar.

We’ve bought a bus!

August 9–10, 2018 | We’re one step closer to getting Ziggy’s Art Bus on the road and in the lives of children who need it most. We couldn’t have made it happen without YOU. Thank you!  

Our brand new bus was purchased on August 9 and unveiled the following evening at a fundraising concert. Next up? Building out the interior . . . an art studio!

summer, art & a glimpse of things to come

June 21–22, 2018 | We had a blast at the Wayzata Art Experience last weekend! There, we met many families and shared the power of art through our craft station. And in the near future, we’ll be bringing a similar experience to children in palliative and hospice care . . . but in our BUS!

our first fundraiser

June 21, 2018 | Thank you to our village of friends who came out for our very first fundraiser! Their generosity helped launch us towards getting Ziggy’s Art Bus on the road. We are thrilled to announce that we are now half way to our financial goal! You can help, too!

Follow the journey by giving our Facebook page a Like. Learn more and help us get Ziggy’s Art Bus on the road with your donation.


Our namesake

Ziggy is a Black Lab/Australian Shepherd doggie with an insatiable appetite for fun.  She lives in Minneapolis with her humans and is always up for a good time.  Ziggy’s happy smile captures the essence of the joy we hope to provide through this mobile art experience.


Our Team

Our Board of Directors brings diverse talent + experience to the table. Creative and determined, this team shares the same purpose: to get Ziggy’s Art Bus on the road. Big things are just around the corner — stay tuned!

Ziggy’s Art Bus Board of Directors