Bradley Hospital’s Healing Arts Program provides creative and therapeutic activities that improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our patients.
The program is developed and directed by art therapist Melissa Weaver, who works in collaboration with other Healing Arts Program staff members, as well as with artists and musicians from the community who share their time and talents with the children and adolescents at our hospital.
Art therapists are mental health professionals trained in both the creative arts and in psychology and counseling. The Healing Arts Program offers a wide variety of visual art projects, performance arts and musical programs to help children and adolescents:
- explore and express their thoughts and feelings
- cope with traumatic experiences
- become more self-aware
- improve social skills
- increase self-esteem
- better cope with anxiety and conflicts
- decrease feelings of frustration
- increase concentration and focus
Healing Arts at Bradley Hospital is made possible by the generous donors and organizations that provide funding for many of the programs, including lead support from the CVS Health Charity Classic and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Learn how you can donate to Bradley Hospital programs.