I read an article in my local newspaper, The Journal News this morning about the value of art therapy in children’s hospitals. The article profiled an art therapist who creates art and music programs for the patients and their families at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She provides programs in painting, drawing, sculpture, and more. In doing so, she has found that the arts help her patients express themselves, fulfill themselves creatively, and give them an optimistic view of their treatments and futures. At the very least, the art programs serve as a distraction.
They bring smiles to the faces of kids who are struggling with the most severe illnesses. It puts some fun in their lives and gives them a way to communicate what they are going through to the world around them. This art therapist is a talented and compassionate individual and perhaps without encouragement and artistic outlets in her own education, the patients at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital might not have her to thank for her contribution to their health, happiness, and well-being. Just a thought!