Healing Arts for Kids

Healing Arts for Kids provides residencies, workshops, and performances for acutely and chronically ill children, physically and cognitively challenged children, disadvantaged children, and special education populations in schools hospital schools, hospitals and other healing centers. Our trained, professional teaching artists provide experiences in the arts that:

  • initiate artistic, social, cultural, and academic engagement
  • facilitate creativity, imagination, empowerment, and laughter
  • cultivate feelings of hope, often hidden when children are critically ill, faced with crisis, or chronic dysfunction
  • provide distraction from discomfort and pain
  • initiate connections among children, families, artists, and staff through programs that foster education and well-being

Currently in its tenth year, Healing Arts For Kids has provided free and subsidized programs in the following sites:

  • Carter School, Boston, MA
  • Cotting School, Lexington, MA
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Jimmy Fund Clinic, Boston, MA
  • Floating Hospital for Children/Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Franciscan Hospital for Children, Kennedy Day School, Brighton, MA
  • Massachusetts Hospital School, Canton, MA
  • McLean Hospital, Child/Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Program, Brighton, MA
  • Shriners Burn Hospital for Children, Boston, MA
  • Kevin O'Grady School, Northshore Education Consortium, Beverly, MA

“I believe that Young Audiences’ Healing Arts for Kids is a program that has inestimable value for children with a wide range of illnesses. It is an investment that in my opinion enhances their lives and humanizes their therapeutic environments and experiences.” -Dr. Eli Newberger, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

For more information, including how to bring Healing Arts to students at your healing center, please contact Gail Zarren, Director, Expanded Arts Access and Healing Arts For Kids at 617-629-9262 x 302 or gzarren@yamass.org.

All Healing Arts for Kids and Expanded Arts Access programs are supported through the generosity of foundations and individual donors. Help us bring Healing Arts to Kids in need. Donate.

Special thanks to our Healling Arts sponsors: