an art dream -- the research begins
While researching, I and came across an incredible resource on the UFHealth Arts in Medicine website (Go Gators). They have a "Rural Communities Toolkit" designed to provide resources for the development of arts in healthcare programs! A wealth of information--development resources, program model resources, and web links.
Another great resource I found is MD Anderson Children's Art Program in Texas. The thirty-nine year old program, made possible with assistance from volunteers and art instructors, is for children diagnosed with cancer. It provides the opportunity for these children to work alongside each other, building a bond between them. As the children create art, they support, inspire, and encourage one another. Their website states, "Through worldwide sales of young cancer patients' original artwork featured on seasonal note cards and gift items, the project has returned more than $30 million to programs that benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families."
The Harlem Horizon Art Studio at Harlem Hospital Center has been operating for over 20 years.. This program offers an art studio where pediatric inpatients who suffer trauma, as well as outpatients and community members of all ages can express themselves by making art. The participants are encouraged to develop their own personal artistic styles through drawing and painting freely with no formal classes or lessons. Patients' work is displayed in the hospital and at galleries throughout the northeast.
Finally, I am keeping a Pinterest Board with resources for my project.