Arts In Medicine Program

February 14, 2011

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The Arts in Medicine (AIM) program is pleased to have this new video to share. Although the AIM program has been around for nearly 14 years, it is constantly evolving and looking for new partnerships with local arts organizations. Through the years, we've been fortunate to work with many of the leading arts organizations in Houston.

The video takes a closer look at our partnership with Young Audiences of Houston. Through this organization and the generous support of The Periwinkle Foundation, the Cancer Center is able to provide special visitors.

Dancers, musicians, theater companies and puppeteers perform 3 times a month in our outpatient clinic, and we have weekly visits from theater artists who see children at bedside.

The AIM program is passionate about the power of art and its ability to make a difference in the lives of children seen in the Cancer and Hematology Center. The program's primary goal is to enhance quality of life by providing young cancer and hematology patients and their families with artistic opportunities that promote self-expression, help with the development of coping skills and provide feelings of empowerment.

Through AIM, participants are offered choices which they are free to accept or decline. These simple choices serve to empower children who may have no choices about treatments they are receiving or whether or not they can go to school or see their friends. AIM also provides a venue in which patients and siblings are treated equally, an important family dynamic that can be lost during cancer treatment. Through participation in the AIM program, patients and their siblings are given the opportunity to be kids.

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