Fourth Annual Art Day at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Celebrates the Imagination

October 09, 2013
Contact: Juliana Bunim (415) 502-6397

Kids making art

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital held its 4th annual Art Day on October 9, featuring local artists doing mosaics, caricatures and beading with hospitalized children. This year's theme was "Bridge — Let your imagination take you somewhere."

The Art Therapy program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital provides a creative way for children and their families to communicate and better cope with their hospital experience. Art therapy encourages patient engagement, expression and an increased understanding of the emotional impact of illness and medical treatment. UCSF's Child Life Services recognizes the integral role hospital child life programs play in the healing process and works with children, teens and their families to ensure that each child's developmental and emotional needs are met.

Present at the event were Caitlin O'Brien, art therapist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Michael Towne, manager of Child Life Services, and patient artists and their families.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital.

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