Creative Arts at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco
It's March and the creative arts are happening at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco.
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Last week's Kaleidoscope Variety Show was extra fun. Dr. Anderson, President of Benioff Children's Hospitals, was one of our co-hosts. In the photo above someone spontaneously said something funny while students were presenting their school projects. The Kaleidoscope Variety Show is presented live, weekly for the patients in the hospital. Kids help make content for the show and are welcome to co-host in the studio or from their room.
One way our patients express themselves and cope with being in the hospital is through learning new skills on musical instruments. We are lucky to have a relationship with the Ukulele Kids Club, who generously supports music therapy in hospitals (including ours) by donating ukuleles to patients and families. Alex, pictured here with music therapist Jenny, had some previous experience playing guitar and ukulele before a long hospitalization. Alex was excited to find a way to bring music into this new environment. In Alex's own words: "playing this ukulele brought back my love of music."
Art Therapy is excited to present its newest inpatient art group: Digital Art Therapy! Digital art is now held Mondays from 1:00-2:30 for patients and siblings ages seven and up. So far patients have created claymation projects and digital painting projects. Future projects will include VR 3-D painting: "Tilt-brush" and patient-led mini-documentaries.
We're also excited to be sharing patient artwork weekly on the hospital Kaleidoscope Variety Show! Every week a "Benioff Artists" segment appears on our own TV show in the hospital. Artwork from weekly Digital Art's group, Art studio, and bedside art therapy is shared on the variety show.