The Arts at Boston Children's Hospital | Programs

Artists-in-Residence

Our Artists-in-Residence (AIRs) provide fine and expressive art encounters at patients’ bedsides and in clinical settings. Since January 2011, Boston Children’s Hospital has employed AIRs who offer creative writing, video making, painting, cartooning, arts history, and visual arts activities. Current projects include creative writing, poetry, video art, origami, digital art, cartoon art, collage and mixed media art, sculpture, and jewelry-making to name a few.

  • inpatient units
  • all intensive care units
  • dialysis
  • primary care
  • Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham

For more information, or to schedule a visit, please contact arts@childrens.harvard.edu or call 617-355-7506.


Art Cart

The Art Cart provides artistic opportunities to patients on all inpatient units, all intensive care units, dialysis, outpatient infusion center, primary care, the emergency department, day surgery and Martha Eliot Health Center.

Art projects are crafted in the playroom or brought to the bedside for patients who cannot leave their rooms. The Art Specialist creates monthly themes to engage patients, and introduce them to varied artists and different types of media. Themes have included nature, art movements, travel, Asian Pacific heritage month and medical art. Some projects that patients have worked on include painting, collage, sculpture, mixed media projects, and many more! Any patient not able to be seen at a regularly scheduled time can be seen during referral time.


Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

For more information, or to schedule a visit, please contact arts@childrens.harvard.edu or call 617-355-7506

Take a look inside the joyful, healing collaboration between patients and our Music Therapists—carrying on Boston Children’s Hospital’s commitment to innovative, patient and family centered care.

Where is Music Therapy at Boston Children's?

Music Therapy is currently being provided weekly in the following areas:

  • Inpatient Units - Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology, Intensive Care (Cardiac and Medical/Surgical), Neonatal Intensive Care, Intermediate Care Program, Surgical , General Medicine, Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Outpatient Units - Day Surgery, Pre-op Holding, Martha Eliot Health Center, Waltham Infusion Center, and Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center

Art Gallery

Staff Show: Our Beautiful World

  • Farley B Fresh Food Court
  • Farley 1 (across from cashier’s desk)
  • Farley 2 (hallway to B&W's bridge)
  • Main 9 East Classroom
  • Waltham 1 Main Corridor

McKenzie Casto, paintings

Au Bon Pain Cafe

Nathalie Miebach, sculptures

Display Cases in Main Building, level 1

Mark Bolton, photographs

Farley 1 (near Volunteer/International Services)