Children's Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services program are involved in several programs and projects:
- Creating Healing Spaces
- Phillips Collaborative
- Beads of Courage
- Legacy of Love
- Jazz for a Healthier Generation
Creating Healing Spaces
Creating Healing Spaces softens the hospital environment and makes it warmer and more inviting by using rich paint colors, refurbished lighting fixtures, and other audio and visual stimulators. Artwork donated by professional artists or created by children can be found throughout the hospital transforming plain white corridors into sunny passages. Images from the Creating Healing Spaces campaign were submitted and accepted for publication in Designing the World’s Best Children’s Hospitals: The Future of Healing Environments. As a result, we created the first formalized Art Acquisition Program to build a permanent collection.
In 2004, we began collaborating with the Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art. Together, we developed and launched an “arts in medicine program” in 2006. Thirteen images chosen from the Phillips Collection are used to provoke conversations with the hospital patients. The images often evoke a great deal of emotion for many patients, sparking a deep and revealing conversation with the facilitator.
Beads of Courage
Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services introduced Beads of Courage, a multi-hospital arts-in-medicine program, to our cardiology patients and families in January 2009. Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services teamed with Child Life, Social Work and Cardiology to provide participants with colorful beads that symbolize milestones on their journey and become a creative visual record of each child’s medical story and a means to strengthen resilience.
Legacy of Love
Legacy of Love was designed to assist patients, parents, siblings, and staff as they grieve the loss of a loved one. Participants are empowered mentally, physically, and spiritually as they move through the healing process utilizing the visual arts, literary arts, music, dance/movement, and puppetry. Workshops are co-facilitated by an Arts Program Specialist and either a social worker, chaplain, or bereavement specialist. Celebrating a Spirit, an initiative that is part of the Legacy program, provides photographic services to the families of Children’s National who have children facing life-threatening conditions.
Jazz for a Healthier Generation
Jazz for a Healthier Generation promotes a healthier lifestyle, wellness, and rehabilitation while also exposing young people and adults to jazz. This program in partnership with the DC Jazz Festival will bring jazz musicians to perform in our Main Atrium, waiting rooms, and patient floors.