The Arts at Boston Children's Hospital

The Creative Arts Program is collaboration between Child Life Services and the Art Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. We provide engaging, innovative and uplifting arts experiences that support our many patients and families throughout their hospital experience.

Our Programs

The arts in its many forms—visual arts, music, prose and poetry—create a welcoming environment and provide opportunities for self-expression, connection and exploring one’s identity.  Learn more about our programs.

Art Cart

Music Therapy

Art Gallery

Laughter League

The Hub

Art Collection

For over 20 years, the arts have been used at Children’s to enhance physical and emotional healing, transform the hospital environment, and provide opportunities for expression. Boston Children’s hosts a variety arts programs, overseen by Child Life Services, Volunteer Services and Facilities Planning.

  • Artist-in-Residence Program
  • Art Cart
  • Art Collection
  • Galleries and Touring Exhibition
  • Concerts and Performances
  • Arts Publications
  • Museum Partnerships
  • Music Therapy
  • Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit
  • Hole-in-the-Wall Gang Camp

A growing body of evidence confirms the benefits of the arts in healthcare settings. The Society for the Arts in Healthcare reports that roughly half of US hospitals are using the arts to:

  • Support the well-being of patients, families and staff
  • Create a healing environment
  • Lower stress and anxiety

Our Leadership

Kirsten Getchell is the Clinical and Program Manager for the Child Life Department at Boston Children’s Hospital. In her role, she oversees Music Therapists, Artists-in-Residences, Child Life Art Cart Staff and Seacrest Studio Staff. In addition, Kirsten works closely with the Laughter League Clown Program to ensure programming reach patients and families in inpatient settings, clinics, and throughout the hospital.

Elisabeth Gordon is the Art Program Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital. In her role, she oversees the many paintings, sculptures, and multi-media installations that brighten the lobbies, corridors, and patient rooms at Boston Children's Hospital. She especially enjoys helping patients and visitors find fun and meaningful ways to interact with the artwork.

Contact Us

To schedule a visit with one of our Artists-in-Residence, Music Therapists or the Art Cart, please contact your Child Life Specialist or email arts@childrens.harvard.edu.

To find out more about our visual arts program, or to inquire about donating a work of art, please contact Elisabeth Gordon at Elisabeth.Gordon@childrens.harvard.edu.