Our aim is to transform the healing journey of patients and those who care for them through art, imagination and play.
When the patient is a child or youth, they are also missing the important schedule of school, their friendships, and the routine of their daily life. They find themselves in a structured and sterilized environment in which they have little opportunity for decision making.
When they are transitioning out of the supportive environment of a hospital, they experience a reduced sense of self-worth, isolation, feelings of disconnectedness with their community. Research has shown that a hands-on arts activity, run by professional artists, can assist them in remembering these vital elements in their lives and help to create a sense of agency in those with chronic disabilities.
Visual art is a powerful and expressive communication tool and involvement in art improves mood, reduces depression, isolation and anxiety, and deepens connections with other people while offering the opportunity to make choices. Participating in group arts-based activities, contributes to well-being and ‘understanding through doing’.
Our participatory projects give a creative voice to children and teens in hospitals and community settings. Each project is tailored to meet the needs of the child or youth and is adapted to meet any physical restrictions they may have. We use all forms of visual art, theatre, dance, as well as co-create community ceremonies.