Healing Through the Arts

We are so thankful for our partnership with Texas Tech and all the opportunities it brings to the table! Recently, this partnership allowed for us to have Kathy Kelley, a Doctoral Fellow-Student from the Texas Tech University School of Art, practice healing through the arts in the UMC Southwest Cancer Center. Her time and dedication to providing healing arts in medicine truly made a difference for patients, their families and nursing staff.

“I wanted to do something with greater meaning, through art,” Kathy said. “I thought helping patients through it was a great way to do just that. These patients sit in infusion for hours, so the goal was to get their minds on something else—the art. Our hope is for people to truly use this as an avenue to free their mind from why they are at the hospital.”

This process began with a walkthrough with a team to see how healing through the arts could be done without burdening staff.  Kathy then brainstormed, with undergraduate students, as to what forms of art could be done in our infusion space. What they decided to do was to use the windows on the back wall to make art.

Kathy visited the cancer center three days a week with paint markers and projectors. She then would encourage others to help her trace and create art on the windows. This program has done much for us and will continue in the spring semester with other students.

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