Arts in Medicine Program

About the Arts in Medicine Program

The Arts in Medicine Program provides fun and educational childrens art projects to encourage the development of coping skills in children with cancer and blood disorders. The Arts in Medicine Program (AIM), exposes children and teens to art in both the inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Children admitted to the hospital can participate in many activities along with their families and siblings. The availability of arts in healthcare settings can be a vital resource in helping patients to cope with an acute illness.

How Art Helps

Art encourages self-expression, and it is particularly helpful to relieve stress in children who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment or blood transfusions. Making music, singing songs, performing dance, watching plays, writing poetry, and creating visual art, is an important part of the healing process. Art and healthcare go hand in hand because art enhances the healing environment and treatment experience.


Young Artists

Making A Mark® An Exhibition of Art by Children Touched by Cancer and Blood Disorders is an annual art exhibit presented by The Periwinkle Foundation. The extraordinary display is featured annually at Texas Children’s Hospital, and then travels around the world. The exhibit features the work of young artists whose lives have been touched by cancer and blood disorders. The artwork provides a unique focus on their personal issues, as they struggle and cope with their treatment and diseases. The 2013-2014 Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers’ Making a Mark® exhibit presented by The Periwinkle Foundation continues its annual tour with pieces exhibited at many different locations!

Become a Making a Mark® Artist
Children’s Art Gallery

Young Musicians

Purple Songs Can Fly is a unique project that provides a musical outlet for the many children being treated for cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and their siblings. In this program, which is the first of its kind, the children work with founder, Anita Kruse and other professional composers to write and record their own songs. In an in-house studio, composers work with the children individually or in small groups to write, record, and burn songs to disc within short sessions.

Young Authors

The Splendid Review is a bi-annual literary anthology that celebrates the creative work of our young authors. Patients and siblings write stories, poems, songs and even comic strips.



Artists, musicians, and art lovers are encouraged to volunteer! We offer many opportunities to fit the busy schedules of both professional artists, and volunteers who enjoy art as a hobby. Artists may come in for one-time performances, hands-on workshops with patients, or even weekly visits to the clinic or inpatient units.

Volunteers lead music performances, origami, drawing, painting photography, bead making, fabric painting, magic, sculpture, jewelry making, printing and storytelling activities. Artists and non-artists alike are welcome. Performance groups are welcome to perform in our clinic, and may inquire about opportunities by contacting us.

Weekly Art Events
Guest Artists


Contact Us

Carol Herron
Arts In Medicine Coordinator

Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
6701 Fannin St., Suite 1510
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 832-824-4104
Email: cbherron@txch.org


Support Us

Donations may be made to the Arts in Medicine Program online or by mail.

Donate to the Arts in Medicine Program
(Please specify that the donation is for ‘The Arts in Medicine Program’)

Donate by Mail
Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
ATTN: Carol Herron, Arts in Medicine Program
6701 Fannin St., Ste. 1510
Houston, TX 77030