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Creative Artist in Residence Programme (CARPE)

CARPE photoThrough painting, music, writing, dance, theater and artistic exploration, patients at Cook Children's connect the creative arts with the art of healing. This unique therapy helps kids to express their feelings while improving physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

CARPE offers a sense of freedom and control through artistic expression.Available art mediums range from painting and sculpting to music and movement. These varied activities provide opportunities for increased communication and expression of feelings and can assist by improving social interaction and physical coordination.

Objectives of CARPE

Our mission is to identify and develop connections between the creative arts and healing arts that will improve the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of our patients and families. Our goal is to have artists work directly with patients and teach them how to paint, play music, write, sculpt, dance, act and discover their own unique creativity. The art becomes a means for patients and their families to better cope with the anxieties and fears their illness and the hospital environment.


What we offer

In the future we will expand our healing arts program by offering:

For more information, please contact Carri Ann Wantuchowicz, Creative Arts Programme Coordinator at 682-885-6643 or email

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