2017 Governor's Arts Awards
Arts in Health
Award Recipient: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Creative Arts Program, Lebanon
Dartmouth-Hitchcock believes that experiencing visual art, literary arts and music can be therapeutic and contribute to a person's sense of well-being and a healing environment. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Creative Arts Program offers one-on-one experiences and group classes for patients with visual artist Christine Orcutt Henderson, where patients have the option to explore through many mediums including; paint, pencil, color and texture. By using their hands to create, patients begin feeling uplifted, playful and soothed. Christine works with patients on their artistic journey in the Infusion Suite or on the inpatient Cancer Unit. Dartmouth’s literary artist, Marv Klassen-Landis, offers patients and their families the opportunity to write poetry, prose or letters, or to listen as he reads to them. Therapeutic harpist Margaret Stephens uses music to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of patients and their families in outpatient areas of the Cancer Center and at the bedside of inpatients. Margaret creates a “cradle of sound” to support the individual’s journey of healing and growth. The Creative Arts Program is a powerful program to help facilitate the creative journeys of patients and families during their stays at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Photo: (l to r) Marv Klassen-Landis, Margaret Stephens, Marianne Barthel, Christine Orcutt Henderson
November 7, 2017