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WFAA: Artist Helps Cook Children's Patients Heal Through Art

WFAA featured Resident Artist Sydney Peel and her incredible impact on patients and patient families through art. Watch and read the story here. 

The Cook Children's Creative Artist in Residence Programme (CARPE) offers opportunities for expression and control through a variety of artistic media. Through painting, music, writing, dance, theater and other artistic exploration, patients and families at Cook Children's connect the creative arts with the art of healing.

From Reporter Kevin Reece:

"Artist Sydney Peel is a former patient herself and is using her own brand of magic to help pediatric patients.

Cook Children’s Medical Center is in the business of saving lives. It takes a dedicated and intricately trained team to do that. 

But it is also a team that includes a rolling cart filled with paints, brushes, stickers… and plenty of glitter. 

‘Oh, for sure,’ said Sydney Peel when asked if glitter was indeed part of her cache of supplies.

Peel is the resident artist at Cook Children’s. On any given day you can find her pushing that cart from room to room offering pediatric patients a much-needed break from the sometimes less pleasant visit of doctors and nurses."

Creative Artist in Residence Programme

Therapeutic art

Girl painting mermaid

Therapeutic art and the creative process can help children relax, express their feelings, gain confidence, make choices, practice control, problem solve, normalize the hospital environment and reach social, emotional, and physical goals. It helps patients explore new ways of expressing themselves through visual arts and connects the creative arts with the art of healing.

Activities offered include:

  • Acrylic painting
  • Clay
  • Collage
  • Drawing
  • Jewelry making
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Watercolor painting

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