Creative Artist in Residence Programme
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.
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 and the creative process can help children relax, express their feelings, gain confidence, make choices, practice control, problem solve, normalize the hospital environment and reach social, emotional, and physical goals. It helps patients explore new ways of expressing themselves through visual arts connects the creative arts with the art of healing.
Activities offered include:
- Acrylic painting
- Jewelry making
- Watercolor painting
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.
Are you a music therapy student looking for an internship? Check our our Music Therapy internship opportunities here.
Creative dramatics and movement
Dramatics and movement are forms of expression that promote physical, mental and emotional well-being through:
- Imaginative play
- Activities that encourage self-control and mind-body connection
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.
Meet our team
Shea Ingram, MA
MT-BC, CCLS, board-certified music therapist, CARPE, Child Life
Katie Bourland, MA
MT-BC, board-certified music therapist, CARPE, Child Life
Nicole Rogers, resident artist
CARPE, Child Life
Our Child Life specialists are available for you. To contact a Child Life specialist, call 682-885-4048.
Are you a child life student or interested in learning more about how to become a Certified Child Life Specialist? Please visit the student opportunities page for more information about our programs for child life students.
Cook Children's heartbeat songs are truly songs of the heart for families who have a lost a child.
A look at how Cook Children's Shea Ingram, a board-certified music therapist, and Raymond Turner, recording studio producer, turn the recording of a child's heartbeat into a beautiful memory for families.