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Creative Arts at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco


As we speed into the holiday season, we are excited to offer an opportunity for our amazing community to join in our celebrations. Because of infection control policies, we're rarely able to host visitors inside the hospital. BUT, there are still exciting ways to get involved. Keep reading!

In other editions of our newsletter, you may have seen video clips of our weekly Variety Show in Kaleidoscope Studios. It is a TV program that families can watch from their hospital rooms or participate in-studio. Each year, we turn an episode of the Variety Show into the Holiday Extravaganza! We celebrate several holidays from many cultures through sing-alongs, art projects, and patient-created art, music, and video projects

During the show, and in the weeks leading up, we broadcast Video Postcards from our arts-supporting friends in the community (that's you!). We invite you to submit your own video postcard holiday greeting for use in our holiday-themed TV programming! See last year's show here.

We want the postcards to be fun, light, and not focused on hospitalization. In terms of content, please use the "G-General Audiences" rating as a guide. But we know you know that :)

If you would like to submit a Video Postcard, here are some recommendations to ensure we can play it for our hospital audience:

1. Please keep the video brief (5 minutes at the very longest) - a simple "Happy Holidays from _______" will be perfect
2. If you choose to include other dialogue, which is totally fine, please use a general holiday greeting like "Happy holidays!" or "Season's greetings!" so that it is applicable to the many different holidays celebrated by our patients
3. It is important that the videos NOT contain wording like "I hope you feel better soon" or similar sentiments
4. We love videos from interesting locations or with interesting stories! Some ideas might include: a science experiment, cooking class, telling stories about a pet, or even a performance!
To see some examples of other Video Postcards, please follow this link.

Once you are ready to submit a Video Postcard, follow this link to our "Video Mailbox" on our google drive where you can upload your video. Please title your file as follows: "Title" by "Your name and/or organization". Please upload your submissions by Wednesday, December 4th, 2019.

The Mailbox is checked by our Kaleidoscope Studios crew regularly and they will be able to view your content right away! If you have any questions or want to let us know a Postcard has been sent, you can contact our Kaleidoscope Studios producer Jade Waters-Tippo at 

Thanks so much for helping to make the holidays special for all of the creative and inspiring patients at UCSF Benioff Children's SF!

The Creative Arts Team


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