Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program

The Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program provides fun and educational children’s art projects to encourage the development of coping skills in children with cancer and blood disorders. The Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program 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.

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. The availability of artistic therapies in healthcare settings, sometimes called ‘arts in healthcare,’ can be a vital resource in helping patients to cope with an acute illness. Art and healthcare go hand-in-hand because art enhances the healing environment and treatment experience.

Volunteer in the Arts in Medicine Program

Artists, musicians, and art lovers are encouraged to volunteer in the Arts in Medicine Program! Whether you're a traditional artist, a performing arts enthusiast, a musician, or an art lover, we encourage you to contact us if you are interested in volunteering, performing, or scheduling an arts workshop at any of our locations. Volunteers lead music performances, origami, drawing, painting photography, bead making, fabric painting, magic, sculpture, jewelry making, printing and storytelling activities. Performances and hands-on workshops are a great form of entertainment and fun relief for families who are visiting our outpatient clinic or for a longer stay in our inpatient or bone marrow transplant unit. Artists and non-artists alike are welcome. Performance groups are welcome to perform in our clinic, and may inquire about opportunities by contacting us. We offer many volunteer opportunities to fit the busy schedules of both professional artists and volunteers who enjoy art as a hobby. Scheduling is flexible, so let us know if you're interested in visiting for just a one-time performance or weekly visits to the clinic or inpatient units. We welcome artists of all mediums to inquire about volunteering! 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

Support Us

Donations may be made to the Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program online or by mail. (Please specify that the donation is for 'The Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program')

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