The Arts at Boston Children's Hospital | Community Partnerships

In addition to hospital staff, The Creative Arts Program at Boston Children’s Hospital also welcomes the support of volunteers and community partnerships. Local artists, musicians, museums, camps and more visit the hospital on a regular basis to support our patients and families in a creative way. Some visits are one-time performances or workshops and some are more established relationships. Below are our three primary community partners. We also work closely with the Boston Ballet, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and MyMusicRx.

The Creative Arts Program is happy to offer volunteer opportunities. We have volunteer positions with the Art Cart, Artist-in-Residence, MyMusicRx Volunteer Music Program, and Volunteer Photography program. For more information about volunteer opportunities contact volunteer@childrens.harvard.edu. 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Artful Healing, a program of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, offers art-making activities to patients and their families at Boston Children’s Hospital. These art workshops are inspired by the MFA’s world-renowned collections and provide a fun and creative experience for participants undergoing medical treatment.

Each workshop begins with a slideshow of images from the MFA’s collection, chosen to focus around a particular theme ranging from animals to ancient jewelry. Participants have an opportunity to “explore” the MFA and connect with artworks and then make art in a hands-on activity related to what they have seen. From Chinese brush painting to sculpting with clay, and embossing foil pendants, the activities are varied and use studio-quality art materials. The result is a beautiful piece of art to keep.

MFA Artful Healing instructors are trained and experienced art educators who collaborate closely with hospital staff and will adapt to any specific needs. Scholarships to the MFA studio art classes and admission passes are also available to interested families.

For more information, please visit the MFA website or send an email to artfulhealing@mfa.org

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

The Hospital Outreach Program (HOP) allows us to bring the joy and fun of Hole in the Wall beyond the Camp grounds to children and families in a hospital setting. Taking the activities and experiences of Camp and transporting them to kids’ bedsides and playrooms, the program helps restore friendship and laughter in a time of fear, stress and uncertainty. From arts & crafts to interactive games, HOP activities are inspired by our summer Camp program but are specially adapted to each unique hospital and clinic setting. And just like at Camp, all interactions are child-driven, restoring choice – something children undergoing medical treatment so often lack.

Learn more about the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.