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.
The Art Cart is staffed by two Child Life Art Specialists who provide expressive and therapeutic art activities as a way of normalizing the hospital experience, while still providing age and culturally appropriate projects that can be modified to meet the needs of every individual.
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.
Every month, an artist of the month (AOTM) is acknowledged and celebrated for their love and enthusiasm for art. The AOTM can be found on our Facebook page. The Art Specialists also host Art Parties where all patients and families are invited to come together to create art!
Our Child Life Art Specialists
Michelle is a certified Child Life Specialist and has been working at Boston Children's Hospital since 2012. Michelle plans and implements developmentally appropriate therapeutic art activities for patients. The activities are provided at bedside and in the playroom in inpatients units, outpatient clinics and the emergency department. Michelle works on Mondays, Tuesdays and every other Thursday. Michelle has an MS in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College.
Jaleh is a certified Child Life Specialist and has been working at Boston Children's Hospital since 2015. Jaleh visits inpatient and outpatient units at the hospital, where she strives to normalize the hospital environment by providing developmentally appropriate and therapeutic art activities to patients and families. She also plans hospital-wide events such as art parties, which give patients and families opportunities to create art in a social atmosphere. Jaleh works on Wednesday, Friday, and every other Thursday. Jaleh holds an MS in Child Life and Family Centered Care from Wheelock College.
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