Project Picasso is a Volunteer run Art Enrichment Program, overseen by hospital staff including support from Child Life, Therapy Services and the Art Therapy Program. The program currently operates on the Hematology/Oncology Unit once or twice a week and has expanded to the Neuro Rehabilitation Unit, typically twice each month. Patients are invited to attend on their respective units and the activity offered hopes to achieve the following goals, which may include, but are not limited to:
- Provide social opportunities for patients to interact with each other, with volunteers and with staff
- Provide exposure to new art techniques, activities, and artists throughout history
- Providing patients with the opportunity for expression
- Developing and strengthening self-esteem
- Art production is a healthy way to release energy
The art activities offered are intended to build on the strengths and skills of the individual patients. In addition, the age and developmental level of each patient is always taken into consideration. The creative process during Project Picasso is as important, if not more so, than the art product. Project Picasso Volunteers and Staff assisting in the program are encouraged to compliment the efforts of the individual; however, criticism and technical achievement are discouraged and detrimental to the goals of the program.
Project Picasso began at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the spring of 2007 as a collaboration between Washington University undergraduate students and St. Louis Children's Hospital’s Art Therapy Program. These and other students and individuals who are interested in organizing and leading hospital patients in art enrichment activities go through the hospital’s volunteer orientation program and adhere to our volunteer policies and procedures.
For more information about Project Picasso, or interest in getting more involved, please contact Art Therapist, Julie Gant at 314.454.2758 or email at email@example.com