A magical program is enchanting kids who visit the emergency department at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Hospital emergency rooms can be a place where children experience anxiety and fear.
Every week Art While You Wait transports kids and teens out of the emergency room and into their imaginations. The program taps into the amazing creativity bubbling inside every child, as kids fashion rainsticks, memory boxes, collage painting and more. For the youngest artists, parents are encouraged to help. Some parents enjoy crafting their own projects.
The Art for Life Foundation gave birth to Art While You Wait in 2001 at Children's Hospital in Oakland, California. Anthony Knutson has expanded this program to 10,000 children each year across the country. In 2003, Hasbro Children's Hospital became Art While You Wait's second location. The program was a recipient of the 2005 Blair Sadler Healing Arts Competition Award.
"When children of any age enter a hospital, they become part of a group that is defined by illness, and yet when they enter a place in the hospital where art is created, they become part of a group that is defined only by imagination," says Knutson. "They become part of a nurturing environment where they can express themselves freely."