Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, joined forces with local artists to help hospitalized children and their families express themselves through art while also raising money for a great cause. Dell Children’s annual Art of Giving event is centered on the idea that creating art is a form of therapy that can help many children heal. During the event, children are given the opportunity to create works of art in collaboration with area artists. Not only does the creative process benefit the children, but the pieces themselves will be auctioned off to help support continued art and music therapy for kids.
The Sheer Impact of Art Therapy
Art therapist Elizabeth Hendley emphasizes just how integral expressive therapies and creativity can be to a child’s healing process. “The event is a wonderful way for patients to escape what’s happening in that moment and just be kids,” Hendley says. Equally important, Hendley notes, are the children’s artistic contributions that go toward supporting two vital areas of Dell Children’s: Art & Healing and Music Therapy Endowments and the Dell Children’s Trust granting pool.
Finding a Sense of Self through Artwork
Through the Art of Giving event, not only do children learn the importance of helping others like them receive art and music therapy, but they can also gain a sense of self and accomplishment
through their artwork. Each piece of art created at the event will
be displayed at the Art of Giving – Giver Gallery in June at the
Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, where sponsors who purchase the artwork can meet the artists and take their pieces home.
Thanks to the efforts put forth by local artists and the parents and children at Dell Children’s in Austin, Texas, support for art and music therapies can continue to grow and flourish.