Hot Air Balloons!

Many, many dots of hot glue and several rolls of mounting tape later… We have finally finished our collaborative mural!

This is the 2013 edition of our collaborative project that the Tracy’s Kids art therapists have been doing with other art therapists at Children’s National Medical Center since 2010. Children from all over the hospital contributed to this beautiful project, and it’s wonderful to get to see their individual personalities shining through in little details throughout the image. These painted hot air balloons were inspired by the giant hot air balloons that hang in Children’s National’s main atrium.

Not only are those fantastic sculptures a fun and whimsical addition for the kids who visit Children’s National, but they are a great way to help provide directions throughout the hospital for parents!

Creative Arts Therapies Week!

This week is Creative Arts Therapies Week, which recognizes all of the amazing creative arts therapies (art, music, dance and drama)!  In the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center, we celebrated our fantastic art therapists and our music therapist by collaborating on a hospital-wide art project AND hosting a creative art therapies booth for patients and families!

Tracy’s Kids art therapists facilitated a hospital-wide collaborative mural that has become a tradition over the past several years to recognize and celebrate all of the Creative Arts Therapies at Children’s National. Canvases are painted by children, teenagers and young adults throughout the hospital– each contributing their artwork to be part of a much bigger picture.  Here are just a few of the pieces of the mural…

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Patients, family members and staff are all excitedly awaiting the “unveiling” – when all of the mural’s pieces are put together and the completed piece finally appears in one of our hallways. We’ll be sure to share it with all of you on the Tracy’s Kids blog once the mural is finished!

The Tracy’s Kids art therapists also hosted a creative arts therapy booth in the Children’s National Medical Center cafeteria. We had the opportunity to work with patients and families that we would normally never meet and to introduce them to art therapy!

Stay tuned to see our mural as it’s completed!