By The Numbers: Arts in Medicine


For nearly 20 years, the Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers has provided fun and educational children’s art projects to encourage the development of coping skills in children with cancer and blood disorders. The program exposes children and teens to art, and provides an outlet for patients, their families and siblings.

Art can be an important part of the healing process. It encourages self-expression and helps relieve stress in these children who undergo chemotherapy treatment or blood transfusions. The availability of creative arts in health care settings, sometimes referred to as “arts in health care,” can be a vital resource in helping patients cope with an acute illness. At Texas Children’s we know art and health care go hand-in-hand and can see how art enhances the healing environment and treatment experience for our patients and their families.

Each year, 350 pieces of art are exhibited by patients and their siblings during Making A Mark, a yearly traveling art exhibit showcasing the inspiring journey children experience during treatment.

If you’d like to volunteer with the Arts in Medicine program, please visit here. Volunteers have many options available to them through the Arts in Medicine Program from one-time performances or hands-on workshops with patients, to ongoing weekly visits at the clinic or inpatient hospital units.

Volunteers have the opportunity to share crafts, music, origami, drawing, photography, fabric painting, magic, sculpture, jewelry making, printing, storytelling activities and much more.


About Carol Herron, Arts In Medicine program coordinator

I've been fortunate to grow the Arts in Medicine Program at Texas Children's Cancer Center since its inception in 1997.

With a Master's degree in Recreation Therapy, experience in psychiatric health care and physical rehabilitation, and a passion for including the arts in the healing process, my experience at Texas Children's has been an incredible journey. Today, we have over 90 volunteers and artists from community arts organizations large and small.

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One Response to By The Numbers: Arts in Medicine

  1. Kim Holt says:

    Amazingly awesome program Carol and team!
    Thank you for what you do!

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