The act of creating art facilitates the quieting of the mind and the slowing down of the body. Anyone who feels they might benefit is welcome. No artistic ability is necessary - just allow your imagination to be there!
What Our Patients Are Saying
Art volunteers give of their time and themselves to give patients an Expressive Art experience that is therapeutic by helping reduce the stress and anxiety sometimes associated with illness and hospitalization.
Back (L-R): Diana Boehnert, former Coordinator of ART for Healing, Volunteers Pam Graves and Annie Cagenello, Eileen Pelletier, Manager, Volunteer Services. Front (L-R): Volunteers Margot Callahan and Deb Peavey
“I’ve never done art before. It was fun to do something creative and it was a pleasure for me to do it because I was feeling down and it really give me the courage to do it. I like it.”
“It was the most relaxing thing I’ve done to keep my mind off the things that weren’t forensic that went wrong during my time here. The ladies were wonderful.”
“Great diversion! A wonderful way to get creative, forget about your problems for a while and put some thought into making your worried loved ones at home feel better.”
“I am now sure that I have great hidden talent! What a great way to help your patients to relax and forget their own problems for a while. Keep the Art department going! It offers great benefits to your patients. Your volunteers are great!!”
“On the 2nd day of my being a patient 2 lovely ladies entered the room with a suitcase that was to reveal the gift of appreciation of art. We shared at time cutting out pictures from a lovely magazine. When completed they were hung on the wall (near the hospital bed) to enjoy. It was a lot better looking at lovely art instead of bare walls.”
The Integrative Medicine ART for Healing Program
has recently expanded its reach to the new Helen & Harry Gray Cancer in Avon
while continuing to offer Expressive Art
sessions to patients at Hartford Hospital. Diana Boehnert, Artist-in-Residence and Coordinator of the ART for Healing Program, is now offering sessions bi-weekly on Tuesday mornings. The Avon Center is able to offer a space for private sessions as well as an area for group sessions and, Diana is also able to work with patients while they are undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
If you are interested in a healing art session during your hospital experience, please contact Integrative Medicine at (860) 545-4444 or via email Therapies.Integrative@hhchealth.org
Learn More Regarding Art for Healing
View the following article "Art for Healing: Using art to express our reality and effect change"
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