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Creative Artist in Residence Programme

Opportunities for artistic expression

Cook Children's Creative Artist in Residence Programme (CARPE) offers opportunities for expression and control through a variety of artistic media. Through painting, music, writing, dance, theater and other artistic exploration, patients and families at Cook Children's connect the creative arts with the art of healing.

Our CARPE program is designed to provide a variety of expressive outlets to encourage increased communication and expression of feelings as well as a sense of connection and support.

CARPE on TV! Texas Country Reporter travels the Lone Star State looking for interesting people and great stories. We were honored to have them visit Cook Children's CARPE program and air the episode on TV.

Watch the CARPE episode!

Participation in an expressive art form can help reduce fear and anxiety, encourage self-discovery, manage pain, and assist with rehabilitation. We encourage patient and family participation in our programming to enhance the overall health care experience.

Therapeutic art

Girl painting mermaid

Therapeutic art is a simple way for patients and families to cope with a very complicated situation. We offer a variety of art methods to patients to encourage creativity and enhance communication during their health care experience including:

  • Drawing
  • Acrylic painting
  • Watercolor
  • Collage
  • Sculpture
  • Clay
  • Jewelry making
  • Mosaic/glass
  • Photography
  • Puppet making

Music therapy

Boy in hospital bed playing keyboard

Our music therapy program provides our patients with a creative outlet for the physical and emotional challenges they face in their lives. Music therapy aids communication and can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research supports music therapy's effectiveness in reducing fear and stress, facilitating movement, providing emotional support for patients and their families, fostering normalization and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. Music therapy interventions with one of our board certified music therapists may include:

  • Playing instruments
  • Song writing
  • Lyric analysis

Best of all, music therapy doesn't feel like therapy to our patients, it feels like fun. See for yourself how music therapy helps to heal.

Creative dramatics and movement

creative play

Dramatics and movement are forms of expression that promote physical, mental and emotional well-being through:

  • Imaginative play
  • Storytelling
  • Playwriting
  • Dance
  • Juggling
  • Activities that encourage self-control and mind-body connection

Art displays

Patient painting of dog

You can see the colorful and creative art work of Cook Children's patients and siblings proudly displayed on the walls of the medical center. Children who participate in CARPE often donate their paintings to us so they may be displayed in the hospital and enhance our environment. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Carri Ann Wantuchowicz, Creative Arts Program Coordinator at 682-885-6643 or email carriann.wantuchowicz@cookchildrens.org.

If you're a music therapy student interested in our internship program, you can learn more here.