Friday, November 15, 2013

Celebrating community


 CAPED CRUSADER: One of the many superheroes who turned out for the event


The MassGeneral Hospital for Children hosted its annual Fall for the Arts event Oct. 20 to celebrate the healing arts programs that Pediatric Oncology patients and their siblings participate in throughout the year.

“This was a special afternoon for our patients and their families. They came together to celebrate the importance of the arts and the ways in which their children find meaning in using art for their personal expression,” says event coordinator Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW, of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit.  

Highlights of the day included a performance by the Tufts University a cappella group Beelzebub and songwriter and musician Alastair Moock.  Attendees were able to “pick” pumpkins in the Healing Garden, and the organization Our Space Rocks – a community group that provides creative opportunities for children with cancer and other chronic illnesses – led the pumpkin decorating along with other crafts. Children and parents also created personal scrapbook pages and pins with members of the HOPES Expressive Arts staff. Participants donned superhero capes and paraded the halls of Yawkey 8 to the cheers of their parents, family members and MGH staff.

The afternoon concluded with a ceremony to honor the artists who contributed to the Kaleidoscope program, which displays patient and sibling artwork within the clinic, as well as those participating in My Story in Beads, a program for children to create a beaded lanyard of their cancer journey and treatment experience.

The Fall for the Arts event was made possible by the support of the Friends of the MGH Cancer Center. 

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