Minnesota Children’s hospitals awarded for art programs on site

By: Tucker Harrington

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have something to smile about as the healthcare groups have been honored with an award from the International Academy of Design and Health. The groups are being recognized for their Arts & Healing and Urban Renewal program that encourages children in the hospitals to take part in art projects during their stays.

The groups were honored with a top international award for Use of Art in the Patient Environment. The program is entirely funded by donations from individuals and corporate businesses, as well as grants from the government.

“A growing body of evidence suggests the integration of arts positively contributes to health outcomes and the health care experience for patients, families and staff,” said Theresa Pesch, RN, executive director of the Children’s Foundation, and vice president of Development at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. “We believe that the experience of art is healing and designed an integrated program where our patients and families can view and interact with art, make art and watch live performances.”

The Arts & Healing and Urban Renewal Project official website reports kids are able to express themselves through a variety of activities in the program. Youngsters in the hospitals are able to try out acting, painting and drawing, making music, storytelling and crafting, among other outlets.