Creative Arts Program

Draw a cartoon! Compose a song! Be a DJ! Go on an art hunt!

The Creative Arts Program is a collaboration between Child Life Services and the Art Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. We provide engaging, innovative and uplifting arts experiences that support our many patients and families throughout their hospital experience.

Why art?

The arts in its many forms—visual, music, prose, poetry, multimedia—provides opportunities for self-expression, connection, and exploration. In the hospital setting, engaging in arts activities has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, lessen the need for pain medication, and alleviate boredom.

The Program helps children feel more relaxed in an atmosphere that is not always without pain and sometimes fear of the unknown. It brings normalcy to their stay.

- Parent of a patient who participated in the Creative Arts Program

Our leadership

Kirsten Getchell is a Clinical and Program Manager for the Child Life Department at Boston Children’s Hospital. In her role, she oversees Child Life Staff, Music Therapists, Artists-in-Residences, Child Life Art Cart Staff, Seacrest Studio Staff, and more. In addition, Kirsten works closely with the Laughter League Clown Program to ensure programming reaches patients and families in inpatient settings, clinics, and throughout the hospital.

Elisabeth Gordon is the Art Program Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital. In her role, she oversees the many paintings, sculptures, and multi-media installations that brighten the lob-bies, corridors, and patient rooms at Boston Children's Hospital. She especially enjoys helping patients and visitors find fun and meaningful ways to interact with the artwork.

How to contact us

To schedule a visit with one of our Artists-in-Residence, Music Therapists or the Art Cart, please contact your Child Life Specialist or email arts@childrens.harvard.edu.

To find out more about our visual arts program, or to inquire about donating a work of art, please email arts@childrens.harvard.edu.

Our Programs

The arts in its many forms—visual arts, music, prose and poetry—create a welcoming environment and provide opportunities for self-expression, connection and exploring one’s identity.