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By The Numbers: Arts in Medicine


For nearly 20 years, the Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers has provided fun and educational children’s art projects to encourage the development of coping skills in children with cancer and blood disorders. The program exposes children and teens to art, and provides an outlet for patients, their families and siblings.

Art can be an important part of the healing process. It encourages self-expression and helps relieve stress in these children who undergo chemotherapy treatment or blood transfusions. The availability of creative arts in health care settings, sometimes referred to as “arts in health care,” can be a vital resource in helping patients cope with an acute illness. At Texas Children’s we know art and health care go hand-in-hand and can see how art enhances the healing environment and treatment experience for our patients and their families.

Each year, 350 pieces of art are exhibited by patients and their siblings during Making A Mark, a yearly traveling art exhibit showcasing the inspiring journey children experience during treatment.

If you’d like to volunteer with the Periwinkle Arts in Medicine program, please visit here. Volunteers have many options available to them through the Arts in Medicine Program from one-time performances or hands-on workshops with patients, to ongoing weekly visits at the clinic or inpatient hospital units.

Volunteers have the opportunity to share crafts, music, origami, drawing, photography, fabric painting, magic, sculpture, jewelry making, printing, storytelling activities and much more.

About The Periwinkle Foundation

The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children's Hospital. Each year more than 4,000 children are touched by Periwinkle programs Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Family Camp, Camp Periwinkle Days, Periwinkle Day Camp, the Long Term Survivor Program and the Arts & Creative Writing Program which culminates each year in a traveling exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders. Through camping, recreational and arts programming, The Periwinkle Foundation provides opportunities for these special children and their families to heal emotionally, lead fuller lives and become stronger survivors. With the generous help of our friends and supporters in the community, The Periwinkle Foundation changes lives for life. Learn more at

Carol Herron, Arts In Medicine program coordinator