Artist-In-Residence Program Created for Cancer Patients
The Healing Arts Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital has announced a new initiative designed to lift the spirits of children with cancer and bring smiles to their faces. The “One Mission Artist in Residence Program” features a rotating roster of talented local artists and performers as well as activities and treats for children and their families to enjoy. Made possible through a grant from the childhood cancer foundation One Mission, the program is hosted in the Tomorrow Fund Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
“There is clear evidence that a patient's physical wellbeing is fundamentally linked to their emotional and spiritual wellbeing and that the expressive arts can play a decisive role in promoting overall health,” said Paula Most, arts coordinator for Lifespan. “This program is immeasurably valuable to our young pediatric cancer patients and their families.”
The One Mission Artist in Residence Program will rotate five program residencies in the Tomorrow Fund Clinic. Each residency will run between eight and 12 weeks. Scheduled residencies include:
- Folk Music and Dance with Aubrey Atwater
- Creature Creation Workshop with Big Nazo
- Stories and Stuff with Valerie Tutson
- Yoga and Mindfulness with Kyle McDonald
- Projects of Possibility with Beth Melfi
“One Mission is able to fund this wonderful new program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital through proceeds raised at its annual One Mission Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer, which took place in June at Gillette Stadium. We are so grateful for this partnership,” said Most.
Additionally, once a month the program will offer a “Yum Day Monday! Make Your Own Sundae,” featuring Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and toppings, as well as a “Cheers to you! Complimentary Continental Breakfast” provided in the clinic to patients and their families.