Arts in Healthcare
No one is going to argue that the arts are a wonderful thing, but let’s not sell them short, they are transformative. Participating in the arts can change people’s perspectives, moods, relationships and overall health. It’s the proverbial apple the doctor ordered.
COMPAS makes it easy to bring the arts into medical environments. Working with people in hospitals and care facilities has its unique obstacles, but COMPAS is well versed in dealing with those challenges.
You’ve probably heard of art therapy. Our artists are not therapists and do not use art to rehabilitate people. Rather, we engage people in creativity which helps them relax, connect with caregivers in different ways, humanizes the hospital experience, relieves boredom, and gives them something to get excited about each day.
We lead art-making in group settings with inpatients and their family members or with outpatient groups, for example a cancer support group or an eating disorder group. Our performers brighten the day during lunch hours or through in-hospital studios. We also love to make art with individuals at their bedside if they're too sick to join a group.
We have a long history of working with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The work COMPAS does with Children’s Hospital and its Arts Partners won the top award for "Use of Art in the Patient Environment" from the International Academy of Design & Health.
Let's talk about how creative programming can enhance the patient experience in your healthcare facility. Contact Julie Strand at (651) 292-3254 or send an email.