Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services

hospital artworkCreative and Therapeutic Arts Services has provided artistic programming to patients, families and staff since 1978. A dedicated team of arts-in-healing professionals service over 20,000 patients annually, and works to foster an atmosphere of cultural tolerance, promote wellness through self-expression, support patients and their families during a difficult time, offer patients choice and variety, and create an aesthetically pleasing environment. Our mission is to combine the healing power of art, music, dance, and literature with other integrative care services to heal overall pain, provide symptom relief, empower self-awareness and emotional expression for coping skills, ease anxiety, offer a creative outlet for depressed patients, and enhance family and social relationships.

Creative and Therapeutic Arts at Children's National Health System

Art Therapy

Art Therapy (according to the American Art Therapy Association) is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.

Therapeutic Music

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. It is art based on the science of sound, its live acoustics are specifically tailored to the patient’s immediate need used to facilitate the healing process.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy plays an integral role in the national shift toward integrative healthcare.

Art and The Galleries

Art is a powerful tool which helps patients and families through challenging circumstances; a growing body of evidence confirms the benefits of exhibiting art in a healthcare setting.


Children's National has a wide variety of performers bring interactive events and activities to the Main Atrium and to the bedsides of patients throughout the year.