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Arkansas Children's Hospital Patients Art on Display at Thea Foundation


Through October, the walls at Thea Foundation will be filled with artwork by patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital, where the hospital's Artist In Residence program brings art and music therapy to the bedside of children to enhance their healing.

"Our Artist in Residence Program provides patients and families an opportunity to escape the stressors of the hospital environment and experience a sense of 'normalcy' during their hospital stay," said Renee Hunte, Director of Child Life at Arkansas Children's Hospital. "Research suggests that participating in art activities may help relieve stress, reduce boredom and help with relaxation. Preschool and school aged children that commonly have fears and anxieties in the hospital environment often express themselves through art activities. Having the ability to paint, color, draw or work on another creative project can empower them with a sense of 'control' when they feel they have no control in the hospital environment. Teens and caregivers also benefit from art activities; activities may help reduce anxiety, provide relaxation and give them a sense of control over their environment. Without the help of our generous donors, we would be unable to provide this program for patients and families at Arkansas Children’s Hospital."

Thea Foundation is proud to showcase works created by children in the Artist In Residence program and thrilled to see the therapeutic, empowering properties of the arts incorporated by Arkansas Children's Hospital. Prints of patient art will be for sale during Argenta Art Walk, held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 21.

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