Creative Arts | Art Cart

Boston Children's Art CartThe art cart provides artistic opportunities for patients on all inpatient units, all intensive care units, dialysis, the outpatient infusion center, primary care, the emergency department, day surgery, and at the Boston Children’s at 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. They provide 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 American Heritage Month, and medical art. Projects 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 is acknowledged and celebrated for their love and enthusiasm for art. The art specialists also host art parties where patients and families are invited to come together to create art.

Our team

Michelle Dean-Onabajo

Michelle is a certified child life specialist who has been working at Boston Children’s since 2012. Michelle plans and implements developmentally appropriate therapeutic art activities for patients. The activities are provided at bedside and in the playroom in inpatient units and outpatient clinics.

Lynne Long

Lynne is a certified child life specialist who has been working at Boston Children’s since 2006. Lynne visits inpatient and outpatient units at the hospital, where she offers the opportunity to have fun and heal through art by providing developmentally appropriate and therapeutic activities to patients and families. She also plans hospital-wide events such as art parties, which give patients and families the chance to create art in a social atmosphere.